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: One of the biggest rivalries between franchises has always been the Pro Evolution Soccer aka Winning Eleven vs FIFA debate. While back in the PlayStation 2 era, the FIFA games were always known for their arcadey gameplay and the PES games for their simulation, the tables turned in the current-gen consoles. The FIFA series had become the de-facto football simulation game with the fast-paced arcade gameplay taken up by the PES games.
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. I have heard a lot of these arguments over the last few days and, quite frankly, I have to ask: Who really cares?
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 a continuous stream of innovative features. Konami has taken some big steps to right the ship with Pro Evolution Soccer 2013.
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 to different ways to trap the ball, the series continues to layer on options for those who want to use them
Entertainment: The series is still solid on the pitch, and the...