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
Summary: 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
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. With PES 2012, Konami's making a concerted effort to regain some ground, but it's still striving for authority.
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: 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. During the PSOne and PS2 days, the PES series was always beloved by those who played it.