Reviews and Problems with Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
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Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Konami has a long history in the video game industry. Few companies have been around as long as they have. So it is a real blessing to be able to play a new soccer game from them. Family Friendly Gaming was provided the Xbox 360 version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012. This game is on the Wii, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, and Personal Computer. There are also hand held versions on the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Portable.
Excerpt: The sun is beating down, and the wind is shooting through the stadium. We're at the pristine and imaginatively titled Il Nuovo Stadio Della Juventus, and the home side's slender 1-0 lead – courtesy of a free-kick from the talismanic Alessandro Del Piero – is in the balance. Napoli's Uruguayan Adonis, Edinson Cavani, is sprinting toward goal when he is felled by an industrial challenge from big-beaked clogger Giorgio Chiellini.
Summary: It is hard not to approach a review of a football title without comparisons to its rivals and I know that in this review I have done this. This is mainly to highlight the improvements PES 2012 has seen with this years release and now should be considered as a serious purchase for fans of the beautiful game.
Excerpt: Historically, the FIFA series set the benchmark mostly because of a bigger budget and therefore licensing rights, while PES held the crown for better mechanics and actual gameplay. But in recent years FIFA , has improved in the area PES held the title, creating a surprisingly accurate on-pitch experience. Striving for realism, the inherent difference between a game and a simulation, has pushed FIFA over the edge and into the driver's seat.
Excerpt: Great sports rivalries are what keeps fans interested and keeps them paying out the nose to get through the gates. Rivalries define not only passion and emotion that drive the athletes, but create an undeniable atmosphere that incites people into a veritable frenzy. In this regard, the sports genre in gaming is no different. For the most part, each major sport has a couple of versions vying for the attention of their respective fanbases.
Conclusion: PES 2012 looks and feels a lot better than it has in a long time, and has certainly closed the gap on FIFA. The only problem now is the often frustrating randomness of the game, which is both a blessing and a curse really, and the fact that the whole experience still seems rather light on alternative options to counter FIFA’s glittering presentation. Back of the net – but via a three yard toe poke rather than a twenty yard rocket.
Excerpt: Rivalries. Regardless of whether your side of the coin lands up or down, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s hard to deny that rivalries improve everyone involved. Our competitors drive us to improve and innovate. The dynamic between...
Pros: + Deep, tactical soccer, + Good variety of online/offline modes, + Off the ball controls enhance strategy
Cons: Controls feel like they are fighting back, Commentary is sparse and dry, Animations are rigid