Reviews and Problems with Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
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PES 2012 review
24 June 2012
Excerpt: Finding someone who has purchased and played both PES and FIFA in the last few years is rarer than club loyalty in the modern day footballer. You're either into one or the other. Simple as. Or at least it was until this season's head-to-head. Y'see, even though I switched allegiances from PES to FIFA during the 2009/2010 season and rarely looked back, PES 2012 serves up enough excitement and personality to make me consider playing both this year.
Pros: Master League is mad but great, Passing is much improved, Instant football fun awaits
Cons: Online players are still nails, Lack of licenses, Stiff animations are odd
Excerpt: The world of videogame football has taken great strides over the years, from simple pass-and-kick arcade games to the all out global showstoppers we have today. One franchise that continues to win over the hearts of true soccer enthusiasts is Pro Evolution Soccer, and the 2012 edition shows no signs of slowing down.
Excerpt: Pro Evolution Soccer is back for another year of simulation football, and with it are the usual host of improvements and changes made to a sports game each year. Most of the changes made to PES 2012 improve the game’s mechanics, but it still stumbles in a few areas, making it a pretty good simulation of the sport rather than a truly great one. Fans who have stuck by the series will continue to do so, as this year’s offering is still worth their time.
Excerpt: As EA’s FIFA series has pulled further and further ahead of Konami’s once dominant Pro Evolution Soccer titles, I’ve got to admit that there’s been a little sadness in my heart. I’m from a generation that spent many of their formulative gaming years absolutely enthralled by the ISS and Pro Evo titles on the PS1 and PS2.
Excerpt: Konami's soccer franchise is back for its annual outing. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 takes gamers to a virtual soccer field where the guys at Konami have been competing like hell for the right to claim the best soccer game in the world. EA's FIFA franchise has, at least by measure of aggregate review scores, taken the lead. Does that all change this year?
Summary: It definitely has its own merits and flaws and stands strongly in the market. The AI and referees do appear better. The game balances individual play (tricks, etc) with team play (teammate control, etc) a bit better and hopefully they’ll continue on in that as well as general improvements.
Excerpt: If Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 was the reboot that put the series back in the running, then Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is the game that pushes it straight to the finals. While it offers more in the way of refinement than something completely new, there are tweaks in PES 12 that change the way it plays, removing many of the frustrations that plagued previous games in the series.
Pros: AI improvements make for more exciting matches, Off-the-ball control lets you set up stunning plays, Smooth animation, Fast, exciting gameplay
Cons: Lame commentary, Most game modes are the same as in last year's game, Lacks team licenses
Conclusion: It’s encouraging then to see Konami at least taking steps in the right direction with the PES series, and whilst it’s a good few generations behind FIFA at this point, it’s important to remember that this is a series that’s individual in its own right. Simply put, PES 2012 plays an extremely entertaining brand of football, largely sweeping away the complaints of the two previous versions in the process.