Reviews and Problems with PRO Evolution Soccer 2013
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The Other Guy On The Pitch
6 November 2012
Conclusion: PES 2013 is a very respectable soccer game that maintains its excellence on the field but unfortunately fall further behind in the bells and whistles department making it a distant runner-up in this year's battle for soccer supremacy.
Summary: While it's not a terrible game by any stretch, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 fails to upend its stiff competition once again. There is simply a better choice of futbol video game available this season.
Excerpt: The problem with reviewing a football simulation game like FIFA or PES is that the one will always be compared with the other and there will be just as many apologists for one as there are foes of the other.
Excerpt: In the battle between dueling sports franchises, soccer games have been rather one-sided throughout this console generation. Pro Evolution Soccer, once the dominant sim of the PlayStation 2 era, faltered with some huge missteps, while EA's FIFA franchise has nearly widened the gap into a chasm with...
Pros: Great balance between arcade and sim play, Improved AI and tactical moves, Deep, nuanced play
Cons: Feature rot from other elements, Steep learning curve, Awful tutorial doesn't help learning curve
Conclusion: Concept: PES 2013 is mainly about refinements, but the new equipment system is a cool step forward
Graphics: The running animations are still a bit stiff, and the graphics are solid but don’t wow
Sound: The crowd does a nice job of responding to the flow of play
Playability: From new manual controls...
Summary: It's on the pitch that really matters and PES 2013 delivers an exciting, fluid game of football that finally takes it to the next level.
Pros: On the fly manual passing adds an unprecedented amount of freedom, Slicker animations and smoother player movements makes for a more realistic game of footy, Improved A.I. impresses across the pitch
Cons: Doesn't offer the same wealth of game modes and online features as its rival FIFA
Summary: Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is returning to its roots, with emphasis on the individual skills of the world's best players, giving the player total freedom to play any style of ball, to any teammate, anywhere on the pitch, including full control over shots, for the first time ever.