Reviews and Problems with Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
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13 December 2011
Excerpt: The PES franchise has suffered somewhat of an identity crisis in recent times. For many years, it was the geeky kid at the back of class that got A’s, in contrast to FIFA’s thick-as-pigshit but vastly popular king of the playground.
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.
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...
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
Excerpt: Once upon a time the PES franchise owned the soccer-sim world - mainly in the mid-2000s, when it was known as Winning Eleven. Then EA buckled down and responded to the competition with gusto, and Konami lost the lead.
Pros: + Improved collisions make players feel hefty., + Tactics and moves play out realistically.
Cons: - If only every team was licensed..., ? All the top Spanish teams, but few English or Italian leagues? Why?
Excerpt: Football 1-0 (Helguson, pen 10. Sent off: Bosingwa, Drogba). Konami wade back into the deep end with their yearly outing of the long-running footy sim and, for the first time in years, it’s a genuinely smart, punishing experience.