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First of all I would just like to say that I have played the Pro Evolution Soccer series for years, my first being Iss Pro Evolution 2 (a game that I used to love as a kid). Throughout my time as a Pro Evolution Soccer player I have seen many changes, some for good, and some not so good. As I don't own Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, this is my incumbent game and so will try and highlight some of the changes that I have seen in Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 from previous versions.
The thing that always brought me coming back to Pro Evolution Soccer was both the gameplay and the graphics. First of all I would just like to say that I feel that Fifa has begun to overtake Pro Evolution Soccer in the gameplay department (although as i do not own PES 2011 this is perhaps an unfair assessment). Indeed, to me the gameplay of Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 seems a little unrealistic when compared to its Fifa counterpart and previous PES incarnations (players still run in a computerised manner and seem a little laboured when dribbling with the ball) and it doesn't feel as smooth either ( defences are harder to break down stopping game flow). Similarly, it is still very annoying that Konami (the makers of the Pro Evolution Soccer series) can't get official licences for a vast number of the teams, as this makes it very difficult to judge which team you are picking and indeed whether or not it is possible to pick your favourite team. Another problem with PES 2010 is the commentary in game, (it is worth pointing out that commentary in PES games has never been very good), which has not improved on recent incarnations.
Coversely, graphically Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is still one of the best on the market, player faces are down to a 't', although the realism of the pitches needs to be improved. Similarly, game menu's have been cleared up considerably (although there is still annoying music) making it easier to navigate through the game, as has the pause menu. Another feature that has been introduced in the recent Pro Evolution Soccer games is the introduction of a Champions League and Europa Cup game mode, something that is a good step forward, (as it is more true to real life). It is important to note that the Champions League teams have been officially licensed in PES 2010 (so have proper names, as do their players).
In all, I feel that PES 2010 is a slight step forward from PES 2009 (in that menus are easier to navigate, graphics are better). However, PES 2010 fails to address some of the major issues within the PES series. Indeed, gameplay has not moved on from the earliest PES incarnations (on the ps1), whilst suitable for the 1, definately not suitable for the ps3 (in my opinion now lagging some way behind Fifa), commentary is still just as dreadful as ever and most teams still aren't officially licensed, making it very hard to replicate real life, something very important to football enthusiasts like myself. As I bought the game for £2.75 (after PES 2011 had come out) I cannot comment on price, except to say buy it now that it is so cheap. Similarly as I have never played the Xbox 360 or Wii versions I can't comment on any comparison with other platform versions. So, although I feel the game has its setbacks, I would still recommend Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 to a friend.
When Pro Evolution Soccer was released it was meant to rival the already established franchise of Fifa. When it was first released many people thought that they did just that in the way the game played. With the first release everyone was excited because even though it was good with it being their first release the feeling was it would carry on improving. This game for me didn't do that at all and has without doubt given the crown to Fifa without a big fight.
You can now get this game for just over £20 which isn't the best value seen as though the next one is coming out. I don't suggest taking a risk with this and instead I recommend you go straight to Fifa if you haven't already.
The gameplay is the main thing that has really let me down with this release of the game. Normally with this game the gameplay was very fast and full of action but now it seems like the speed has gone and it has become very dull and less energetic. You could have Walcott or Savage the speed difference isn't great. The Fifa 10 game has taken a big step in the way the players can actually play and what they do, this game just can't seem to follow that at all which is disapointing.
I have to admit they have continued with the good graphics that this game has. The way the players look has definitely improved even though some of the players are still playing for clubs they don't play for anymore. If you love your graphics which I am sure you do then with all honesty this game will not disappoint you.
Overall after purchasing this game I found that I was very disappointed with the way the game played and how the players controlled. As I said the graphics are still very good so that is a plus but I wouldn't recommend people to go out and purchase this and instead go and purchase Fifa.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 has brought me many hours of enjoyment this year. In a nutshell, the new features include an updated Master League mode that gives you more control than ever over your team and club, tweaks in the Become a Legend mode that make your career progress even more realistic, an edit mode that is easier to use, and of course all the usual good graphics you can expect from the Pro Evolution Soccer range. The problem, if anything, is that the online mode is completely useless, despite being on a 10mb connection my games are always laggy and end up cutting off, so don't go there. Others will say that FIFA has streaked ahead of Pro Evolution Soccer in recent years, but this game is the benchmark. PES 2011 will see full HD football for the first time on a games console, so you may as well bide your time and wait for that now - but in the meantime, you may as well get this game to pass the time until the arrival of the new one.
PES 2010 is an improvement on PES 2009. With slight tweaks to the game play for the better along with the addition of the licence to the UEFA Europa League making this a better game than its predecessor. The biggest improvement has to be with the online play, if you have played any of the previous PES games you will know how bad the online. Despite the drastic improvement in the servers it still has its flaws, there can often be some serious lag and the online interface is a bit confusing. One of PES strongest points has been its Mater League mode, which is the solo player mode. This has had an overhaul and now uses real currency and has official European competitions which all add to the authenticity of the mode. One word of caution I have is the amount this game crashed, no other game I have has ever crashed and a friend had the same problem with PES 10, it got to the point where I don't play it as a result.
Well in my opinion Pro Evolution Soccer has finally gone and done what I always feared, lost its crown to FIFA.
I purchased this game on release day and couldn't wait, I then started playing the game and was really not impressed. The game seems a lot slower and the wing play seems to have come to a halt. I always used to enjoy playing down the wing with a pacey front man but this seems to now have vanished.
The multi player mode also shows how boring the game has got, with the game not being the exciting spectacle that we have all been useful.
The graphics are still very good which I have to admit, it's just the gameplay which I think has let the series down this year. The players are also reasonably up to date but the game needs to keep up with the transfers that take place later in the summer.
The competitions are still very good with a decent variety and the options are still there to have a good game online or edit a few teams.
Overall I would recommend staying away for this game and opting for FIFA, the game has really improved from what I used to know and easily beats Pro Evolution Soccer.
I will be giving the next installment of Pro Evolution Soccer a try when it is released later this year but until then, I'm afraid I will be sticking with FIFA.
Thank you for reading, I hope you find this useful.
Konami's gigantic feast is blighted by the indifferent prejudice Pro Evolution continues to unfairly receive
2010, a decade has passed since Pro Evolution Soccer 1 started its life on the Playstation yet the series still suffers in popularity whilst its rival Fifa continues to gain all the accolades and praise. This game has the problems that the previous games did in making itself attractive to gamers in that many think the game is half-baked and lacks the basic qualities that is expected of games in the modern era. They point out that the commentary is repetitive and inconsistent, the game play is slow and dogged, the teams aren't licensed and the set-up before a game is too complicated. This I have to admit is true. There is no ounce of bias towards Fifa in that argument. It's explicit. Konami don't obscure the truth. To many it's like buying a Pop album and there aren't any lyrics. This is a necessity which gamers simply expect. However, what gamers are missing out on in Konami's latest offering is the sheer technical brilliance and realism that this gamers offers. To put simply, one has to see this games faults to see its genius.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 incorporates a gritty realism into its gameplay so that the gamer feels like he's in control of eleven men against another eleven men. Even the greatest of teams would feel the passion and determination of another team in reality even when a team knows they are playing superior opponents. Blood boils, sweat drops, minds become weary. These are all attributes that this game offers. It is the very essence of reality formulated into a video game for the enjoyment of all those who play it. Not only is it the raw realism that is abundant in this game but heightened awareness of the AI (Artificial Intelligence). The computer can change tactics if it needs a goal, get players back when its defending a 1-0 lead deep into stoppage time, throw on a tall striker to exploit the vulnerability of a smaller backline. This intelligence should not be underestimated. It makes the player think which is what every good game should do. It becomes an arena where you feel satisfied and overjoyed by outwitting your opponent. The player's statistics too are realistic and exhausted so players play how you would expect them too. Yes Wayne Rooney's on the ball but it doesn't mean he can take on 10 players or Peter Crouch is playing but he doesn't run at a defence with blistering pace, he will wait for the ball to drop into the box. It is an amazing feat where football comes alive and several factors determine if your team are going to win. This creates a game where achievement is not under rated; winning a football match becomes exuberant and evokes sheer joy. You may even kiss your male friend. Don't judge, have you ever won the World Cup on Penalties?
Apart from the realism the game offers superb graphics such as player's realistic faces and the way the grass is affected by wind, rain and shine. Pro Evolution has also now got licenses for much of the game such as the Champions League option and many famous leagues such as the Premiership and La Liga. Any fan who loves a real football experience won't mind that some of the international team's names are wrong because the fantastic game play more than compensates. There's also an abundance of features such as the Master League mode, and Become a Legend where you control one player throughout his career though to be honest it does grow tedious due to the reliance of the computer and the lack of intervention with tactics.
The game excels over its rival Fifa in every single department of game play which is the main reason we PLAY games, hint hint. We WATCH a film, we PLAY a game. Who cares if theirs limited stadiums and players names is wrong when the game play is overwhelming and full of excitement. Plus there are constantly updates on the Playstation 3 so it is increasingly improving. This game has the passion and indulgence that Fifa lacks and for any hardcore sports gamer and football fan this has to be a must buy game.
In years gone by PES was regarded as the ultimate football game. Yet whenever it reached next generation consoles it somehow lost its soul and has been surpassed by FIFA. While the 08 and 09 versions were disappointing I am happy to report that PES 10 is much better and plays for the most part a decent game of football. Graphically the game cannot be beat and the majority of players are represented beautifully in the game. Gameplay wise the game has improved immensely since the 09 version almost representing the unrivalled gameplay that was seen in the classic era of PES 5/6. Yet with all its improvements it still is not the ultimate PES and I do not think it is the best in the series. Improvements have been made but I believe Konami have not gone far enough in ensuring that this PES was the best ever. Still a good game though.
PES 2010 takes a step forward rather than a leap. The game is more smooth graphically than 2009 and the game play is a bit more tricky which is what you would expect of sequel.
I personally play the master league as this allows you to start with a good side and if you pick the higher end teams - Man Utd, Chelsea etc you get a sizable transfer budget. I have found, annoyingly, that Master League does not let you purchase any of the top players in your first full season unless you spend ridiculous amounts of money. This has a knock on effect because if you spend too much you wont be able to pay your players and the game effectively is over.
As for other types of gameplay you can play individual tournaments/cups or play as single player who is working his way up through the leagues. I got really bored easily playing in this mode as unsurprisingly you can only play with one individual in any game and I found myself chasing the ball around the pitch as I tried to get a touch.
It is also possible to play online and in a coaching capacity but who would want to coach in PES? Just buy a championship management game if you want to do that. As for the online play, I believe that it is a bit quicker than the previous version but I have played it very little so cannot comment further.
Overall the game is an improvement on the last version and as long as you give the game time in order to step up to the different speed of play and menu layouts it is worth buying.
This version is definitely better than the previous Pro Evo on the ps3 as it has a new format and layout and increased numer of teams. The graphics are very good and its hard to play which is good as you want a game to be challanging rather than easy. Konami have kept the features that make Pro Evo great and will continue to do so, if they keep to the same formula
However there are two problems.
1. I have with the game is the gameplay, which is the same as previous versions and needs additions to make it harder to master and complete as well as interesting as the master league and legends is growing old.
2. No german teams which is one of the best leagues in the world and possibly better than Serie A, with germans teams doing better in the european competitions.
Overall, I would give a 9/10, simply due to the lack of gameplay and variety of teams which has not changed over the years.
Pro evolution soccer 2010 is the new football game from Konami and they have always been the king of football games but after last year they had to produce a great game this time around as I was thoroughly disappointed with last year's game and it has been going downhill since this generation allowing Fifa to surpass it and I can safely say that I hardly played that game and much preferred Fifa last generation.
But as I have been a die hard pro evolution fan I thought ill give them on more chance to impress me this year, one thing I noticed was just how they have improved the graphics and player models which I feel look better that Fifa as they look more realistic.
One thing that annoyed me about last year's game was the way the players run and moved around the pitch which made it as if they were gliding around the pitch instead of actually moving it is still the same this time around which really disappointed me, they improved on the animation side especially like when a player reaches out and toes the ball in the back of the night or when a player is brought down it looks real.
Another thing I noticed while playing this game was that it had now got 360 degree movement around the pitch but the way the players moved on the pitch really didn't help out this feature, this game to me feels just too easy how you can get from one end to the other so quickly and I feel they should have slowed it in down a bit so you can build up your play so many people take advantage of this and just run all day rather than pass which makes the game feel arcade.
Also many people just put the ball in the box and just get their strikers to raid the box and many players do this as the defending AI is rather poor and don't know how to head the ball out of the box and allowing strikers free headers, so if you do decide to play the computer you might have to play on hardest settings or else you will just find it easy playing against a clueless AI.
One thing that I did like was the champion's league mode I really liked the way your teams progress throughout the competition and it all feels organized and real especially when you hear the champion's league anthem. Another disappointing thing is the commentary and is it me or do the commentators say the same thing as the previous year's just with a couple of added phrases so there nothing special here just the same old.
Another thing is that lots of teams are unlicensed which is really disappointing considering the year but don't sweat if your team that you support isn't licensed you can edit them which defeats the whole purpose. Even though they have improved this game it still feels just way behind Fifa 10 from the gameplay, modes and online play it really disappoints and they really have to try again hard next year.
Generally speaking, I have only ever been interested in 2 games series on the Playstation: Grand Theft Auto and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). This may well be why I have never written a games review before. Since the old days of the PS1, with International Superstar Soccer, I have followed with great keenness the various incarnations of this great game over the years; ISS became ISS Pro Evolution which moved onto the PS2 to become Pro Evolution Soccer. I had 4 versions of this on the PS2, buying each new version with metronomic regularity. For some reason, I never moved past PES5 on the PS2, becoming deeply involved in the Master League subplot, where you can build a team in your own image. It was difficult to move on from a side of serial winners, regularly hoovering up every trophy going with reliable ease. That was until now, with my shiny new PS3, eager to see what the new machine has done with my perennial favourite football game.
PES vs FIFA
There is a long and well documented debate regarding the 2 competing franchises. In short, you're either a PES gamer, generally more interested in a "realistic" experience based on strategy and patience, or a FIFA gamer, happier with a more arcade like experience where it's easier to score. One incident with FIFA 98 stands out, where, as David Batty, I dribbled from the halfway line with pace, got to the penalty area and juggled the ball over the last defender while simultaneously drawing in the goalie before finishing with an overhead kick. Remember, this was as David Batty, a man far more known for his mid paced, late bite yer legs tackling than speedy flair. Such folly would never be countenanced in PES. Over the years the 2 games have become more closely related, copying the more popular aspects of each other. I'm not particularly well versed in the topic, but I think FIFA has a similar team building game to the Master League, and PES has improved its background music and all round presentation. FIFA has been catching up in terms of gameplay and these days loyalty to PES has been stretched to the limit.
GENERAL GAME PLAY
The general feel of the game is comparable with the expected PES experience; sadly, I have always avoided using the analogue stick to control and got away with it playing the CPU almost all of the time. But with the advent of online play, it's clear I need to step up my game. And so having to start to use the left analogue stick I can feel the benefit of the 360 motion, with the ability to move and pass anywhere you want passing using the right analogue stick too if you wish, once you master the prerequisite skills. Whereas in PES5, you felt fully in control of your player, the feel now is more fluid, as if they're slightly off your leash and more dexterity and skill is required to move them around. I thought at first that pace wasn't such a decisive factor any more because of this. In the past I would pick a team of speedsters to simply run faster than my opponents. But having played a lot online, it seems that pace still beats me as many times as skill. It's definitely an advantage to have a pacy forward to receive the ball on the counter attack and go at the defence. As the defences seem to have got tighter, this is something you may want to consider. I have read reports that the goalies are prone to gaffes but I haven't seen any evidence of this in playing yet. It's as hard as ever to get long range shots in as there isn't as much room to run into, so I assume that you have to have a long range specialist for this to actually work, which is the norm for me.
Passing seems to be bit harder, with blind passing and hoping it'll go to one of your players not really an option. It's easy enough to pass it around your defence but when you get into midfield it takes patience and skill to advance any further. One thing I've noticed regarding passing is that the through pass, such an effective tactic in PES5, isn't nearly as incisive. Perhaps this is a good thing, as I am used to relying on a killer through pass to the forwards which would usually leave them clear, but now it seems more like a feeble dribble through that isn't going to catch out anyone.
There are lots of special moves if you have the knack to learn them such as trapping the ball, 1-2 pass, step over feign and roulette (which I think is the Zidane pirouette round the ball). I really can't be bothered though, I just like a quick fun game.
So far I haven't managed to score so many goals, but it seems that, as ever, the number of permutations is limitless, so you will always score in a different manner, even if the difference is slight. This is one of the big attractions for me of PES; even after 3 years of playing PES5 I was seeing goals I'd never managed before.
As ever you can save replays of goals or nice bits of skills to relive in front of your friends, though strangely Ms Larsbaby isn't appreciative of some of my barnstorming goals that I think she should be.
You stil get a rating out of 10 as in PES5 at the end of the game for each player though this seems ot have slightly changed as there seems to be no star to indicate a man of the match and there is no brief summary on each player, which although usually some tritr platitiude such as "showed his class with 3 goals today!", I still kind of liked. Finally, commentary is supplied by Jon Champion & Mark :awrenson. It's not bad and so far I haven't hear any of the usual daft comments PES throws up such as "can they avoid relegation in this game" when you're 10 points clear at the top. So not in the FIFA league but a definate step forward.
There are a myriad of tactical details within a game. You can invoke some assisted settings, where the computer decides for you the lineup, auto substitutions and various formations and game plans according to fitness or form. You can edit where each player is, how he marks other players, what formation you require and even the attacking and defending styles of each player according to what special skills he has related to the Player Index (which I shall explain a bit later). Team style can be chosen, where you define to what extent players look ahead for possession, how far the support the man in possession, attacking and defending styles (such as compactness and pressing). Even more confusingly you can assign a strategy to each button (together with R2) which I've never got the hang of so I make this automatic. I can imagine this is very powerful for the skilful player, changing how they attack or defend as play goes on with this feature. You can also edit who takes what set piece, and finally you can save formation data, including your favoured lineup in a team and reload it - though for some reason this doesn't seem to save the assisted settings regarding which is rather annoying as you have to set it for every game.
The detail on the faces of the players is quite incredible, with some of the stars looking scarily realistic. However, though this is harped on about, in reality, unless you are playing as a super close up or watching a replay in slow motion, you won't really notice this during a game; you'll be far to busy trying to get the better of your opponent.
Well that's pretty much what you'd need to know about the game itself. There now follows an extensive look into the intricacies of the game and what each option from the main menu does. If you really want to know all that this game offers, read on. If not, don't say I didn't warn you; feel free to skip to the conclusion!
The training menu starts with a picture of the basic controls on the keypads and is divided into several sections. Free training is just basically a kickabout where 11 players in training bibs on a full sized pitch attack a goal guarded only by a goalkeeper This is a great way to practice your passing and running without the pressure of a live opponent. Free kicks allows you to place the ball wherever you like and take a free kick. Left and right corner kicks options are self explanatory. I found this rather disappointing compared to older PES versions, where training was almost a game in itself, with various challenges to be undertaken and targets to aim for that I found really helped improve my set pieces, as well as being fun challenges on their own. Free form training isn't nearly as entertaining or effective for me.
As with previous versions, there is the ability to create and edit players. I have always been tempted to make a virtual me but never got round to it. He'd be useless apart from on the wing anyway, due to height. Choose from creating a player from scratch or editing existing players. One fun thing I usually do is make a huge, Neanderthal looking superhuman creation called "Ugg", with maximum values for all attributes. Compared to previous games there are a huge amount of things to set. Player Index includes no less that 21 choices of player style, from "deep cover" - player focuses solely on defensive duties through to "Classic no.10" - an old style playmaker who makes use of deft touches and passes rather than pace or movement to "speed merchant" - pacy who likes to get forward. You can also choose from 21 choices of skills, from "passer" - the player will create goal scoring opportunities with perfectly timed passes, to "super sub" - improves player ability when introduced late on in the game. Amazing - and you can pick a mix of 11 of these 42 attributes for your monster, erm I mean player. You can also set head and physique attributes to a unbelievable degree; cheekbone and jaw size, arm circumference, neck width the works, it even takes scans of faces. This is actually quite good; for example you take a picture of yourself, import it to the PS3 and load it into the player you're editing. You then resize the image until it fits a face template and adjust skin tones until it blends in with the template et voila! Congratulations you are now a pro footballer. I've done this with my own face and the results are pretty realistic, it's really scary actually! I was a bit disappointed I couldn't give Ugg a decently thick, shaggy beard, though; the options are all a bit metrosexual if you ask me. You can accessorise your creation with different boots, gloves, friendship bracelets (I told you they were metrosexual) and suchlike. And if that isn't enough for motion you can even customise his dribbling style, set piece kicks and goal celebration - choose 2 from 160 celebrations!!! Once you've finished your creation, simply add him to the team of your choice and watch the fun unfold.
And that's just the individual players. You can also edit teams, changing the players in them, edit stadiums (though only the name seems configurable), league and cup names. Maybe you could watch DooYoo United play in the Review of the Month Cup at the Crown Stadium.
This is quite useful, as from here you can change the background music tracks; hearing the same ones gets tiresome quite soon and there are 47 songs to choose from, including hits from Stereophonics, Paul Weller and Klaxons. Your track record is displayed in terms of results and goals, set pieces and fouls, matches played and consecutive wins, losses and possession, average goals, cards, free kicks etc, and rating in terms of goal scoring and defensive ability, fair play, play making and sportsmanship. Your performance in all the various game modes, cups and leagues is summarised in terms of time played and trophies won. In short it's a statto's wet dream. I was always sad the number of Master League wins I totted up had to be counted manually and was lost after a while - not any more. It might be scary however to see exactly how much of my life I've spent on this game. You can also playback any goal or action replays you've saved here, and finally you can see the rolling game credits to see the geniuses behind PES.
Here you can set what button and controller does what (personally I like the FIFA button config for shoot so Always change that), the icons such as time, score and stamina gauge and if and where they appear, sound settings such as how loud the sound effects or music are, screen position and colour adjustments, language (sadly Spanish isn't an option, I'll have to settle for the Russian commentary for amusement), IP port settings (internet stuff), install and downloading any game updates when available. This is always a good idea, as bugs in games can now be fixed on the PS3 this way.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Here you can either have an exhibition game or indulge in a competition. Each game starts with the signature pomp of the "champions" Champions League theme. In the competition you select a team and it then automatically generates the qualifying groups of 4 teams. You can set the match length and difficulty level and on you go. As in real life you have the group then knockout stages, ultimately leading up to the final.
You can play here either versus a friend, the computer or else customise, which depends on the number of controller you have, up to I think 8 players. You can pick any team combination you like for the match.
For me this is the de rigour part of the game. Selecting a team from various league options such as the English Premier League, Spain's Primera Liga and Italy's Serie A (customising these of course, if you wish, to change teams around) and mucking around with ball type, match difficulty and if classic players (i.e. long gone player such as Pele & Maradona) & player development) is allowed, your journey begins. You can even set the currency to Pounds, Dollars or Euros!
This seems to have become fancier than I'm used to. When I started a league I was told my club has signed a sponsorship agreement with a French car manufacturer, a Belgian airline company and a Japanese oil company and that there would be annual sponsorship money as well as home win bonuses and other performance related bonuses. Kerching! The sponsors seem to change each time you start a new game; another time an insurance company was bankrolling me. But naturally there are team operating costs such as player wages. But wait, you can also rake it in from fan club membership fees! Although there are costs running it too. I can't as yet find any American billionaire buys club then secures debt by plunging the club into a refinancing deal. Or indeed club induces youth player to sign illegally and has a transfer ban slapped on it. Now they would make it a bit more interesting.
There is a tips section giving some good advice to Master League newbies such as salary tips, dealing with fixture pileups and how to scout players. My own tip is to cut the players wages when you win somethingto slash costs; who wouldn't want to be part of a winning team? There's a harsh lesson in capitalism for you.
And so the season starts; if you've chosen so with player development, your players develop every season, peak and eventually turn into donkeys and retire. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is wheel and deal players in and out on a budget, whilst making sure they develop and try to win a trophy or two along the way. Disappointingly, there doesn't seem to be an option anymore where you can start with a squad of unknowns; in the case of Manchester United it's the actual squad with their ages as in real life, with Van Der Sar already announcing his retirement at the end of this season. But now it's the transfer window and time to dig out the old brown envelope for a bung or two. Good luck in the Master League - for me this is by far the most addictive and satisfying part of the whole PES experience. I have been running my last Master League on PES5 for over 3 years and never tired of the endless team permutations and developing a new team from the ashes of an ageing one every few years.
BECOME A LEGEND
This was also in PES 2009 but is new to me, and brings an interesting twist to the game. It starts with creating a 17 year old player; creating the attributes such as name, nationality, favoured position and height of your player. Then, you play a game for some minor team in your chosen country, with a limited menu compared to normal for team changes (e.g. you can't choose the lineup or formation, the manager does all that). You then get a top down view of the pitch which zooms in and out depending on your proximity to the ball, kicking away from you for both halves, which is very confusing if you're used to a side on view, but a lot of fun at the same time. You can actually choose any camera angle you like, and the normal side on long view is quite good for things like shooting I find. However, this novel view makes you almost feel like you're on the pitch, showing some positional discipline and spatial awareness. It also makes things like successfull long passes very satisfying as you ping them away.
You only control your man, and so depending on your position you need to impress the watching scout by defending or attacking well. I chose attacking midfield and managed to set up 2 goals. It's hard at first as you have to make sure you just stay in the area of the pitch you should, as you watch play unfold around you. It can be quite hard to see what you're supposed to be dong at corners for example, with a very long view of the pitch.
After the game, I got offers from 3 clubs and chose to join West Ham (or East London as they're called in the game). After you sign you can participate in an 11 a side training match, where you have to catch the eye of the head coach. I recognised many of the names as each team was a mix of first team regulars and reserves; your players seems to be in the mostly reserves team at the beginning, progressing to the better team with the bib on as he improves. After each game you can see how much each of your attributes such as speed and short pass accuracy have improved (or otherwise as you get older). After a few training matches if you do well, you make it into the first team squad and onto the subs bench. At this point rather ingenuously, you can speed up watching the game (notably shown with the usual side-on view) to up to double speed to hasten your hopeful supersub appearance. This is a bit like watching the chase at the end of an episode of Benny Hill (for those of you old enough to remember). Really though you just want to participate from where you are on the pitch, so it's a shame it isn't possible to directly skip to that. Finally you get to appear and you're pro career is off and running. The manager's rating seems to go up or depending on how you did in the last match. All the while the season goes on and you wait patiently for your chance to start which finally comes. Eventually you get to start games, but regularly a little icon on your head appears in the second half to indicate that your number is up and off you come to Benny Hill watching brief until the end of the game. From then on it's up to you; transfer offers come in from other clubs and ultimately you can win awards and even get national team call ups.
I found Become A Legend a hugely enjoyable and addictive addition to my PES experience. It's particularly fun if you scan your own face in, then you can effectively indulge your own footballing fantasy, which is exactly what I'm doing. You can also get help from a dedicated tips section, which is pretty handy. You can choose to incorporate your player in your Master League team, which makes it even more interesting, as you can follow an individual and use him elsewhere if you so wish. Brilliant.
There is a fair few tournaments and competitions here, where you choose the teams or leagues competing. Many things seem to be already set such as 32 teams in a European Cup and 8 teams in an African Cup. The English, Spanish leagues etc have the same number of teams as in real life. Though note that many teams don't contain franchises and so have funny names; as I said West Ham are East London, Man City are Man Blue, Bolton are Middlebrook - you get the idea. I don't mind this but pedants might find this annoying.
If you already have a Playstation Online account you can create an account for PES through this, which is an automatic process. One signed up, you are brought to the online menu, where you are shown your user details and results so far. After this, you are into the main online menu.
A vs match is the first option. Here you can either play a quick match, where you are matched up with an opponent (note you can choose beforehand if you want an opponent of a similar skill level) or go into the match lobby to see who is around and who wants to play. From here you can see the various servers (European in my case) and who is on each one. Several times I have been matched with opponents in the quick match from places like Thailand and Morocco, but the games have never started, which made me wonder if they're even possible, though occasionally they have happened.
It seems that you can see if the other player leaves games early as happens when playing poor losers, from a little icon on their name. The penalty is not being allowed to have a rating. There are also abuse safeguards against the text chat being abused, which is good to see.
The Legends mode involves your Become a Legend player where you participate in a multi player game involving each person's respective made up player. As in the normal online mode you have a quick match or find players in the match lobby. A great idea if you're sick of getting beaten easily online; you still might lose but at least it's not all your own fault. It might take a while to get a game though, as online legends players seem to be few and far between at the moment.
Competition mode is where you can enter online competitions which start every few hours, but you seem to have to sign up early as they're always full when I arrive. In any case I fear I would be knocked out of the Konami Cup in the first round by a telephone number score. But you can see the progress of rounds and your progress in previous competitions.
Community is where you can create a password protected community and add members from online players. You can have you own friendly matches or competitions. I haven't managed to use this much yet, but did manage to briefly play a friend online after creating a community and it seems to work fine. You can edit your personal data including birthday and favourite team - just what an ID thief is looking for, as you can also search for users. Game plan data, where you've saved team settings, can be loaded for online games too. Server information can also be checked, as can your online ranking and invitations to join other communities.
SO WHAT IS ONLINE PLAY ACTUALLY LIKE?
It's not bad actually, and it's a refreshing change to be able to pit your wits against a real, live, unpredictable opponent. You can make the Artificial Intelligence of the CPU as clever as you like, it's still not going to try and skin you by running from its own box all the way down the pitch, as annoying as that can be. I'm in the bottom division and I have learnt that I am so far off the pace it's embarrassing. It seems that playing this game for over a decade hasn't taught me so much, perhaps as a result of playing the computer most of the time. I must admit I'm not finding it much fun being totally outplayed and losing 4-0 many times, but as time goes on, I have found people of my limited ability online, as opposed to early adopters who are more likely to be the next Playstation Zidane.
At times, the play can be jerky and glitchy, which may be related to whoever has the slower internet connection. It seems to have got better since the initial launch of the game, so maybe this was due to teething problems. This has certainly got a lot better over the last week or so.
The most annoying thing for me is when I have gone all the way to selecting quick play and having picked a quick match opponent you are told the game cannot continue "due to unforeseen circumstances" or "lost connection". This is also evident in the Legends mode. You then have to go through the quick play selection yet again, which takes another minute or 2. As this can easily happen several times it can be easily 5 or 10 minutes. This can happen at any stage, so you might have spent a couple of minutes picking your team and modifying tactics only to be disconnected before the game even starts. I also find navigating around the various online menus painfully slow and this is the most frustrating aspect of the whole game. They've made a huge effort to make this extensive online world and yet the basic function of navigating around it puts you off quite a lot if you just want a quick go. Going in and out of menus can take up to a minute each time. It adds up very quickly indeed.
The next most annoying thing is when people pull the plug on games when they are losing heavily. Konami try to crack down on this with the aforementioned rating penalty, but nevertheless there are sneaky ways to end the game and not have the resulted counted against you with the stats, which I won't furnish you with but are fairly obvious. Having said that, I'm not angel myself when I come across some smug showboater, so I can see why people might do this.
HOW QUICK IS A QUICK GAME?
Here is an example:
Time 22:38 - signed in, testing network environment, then "an error has occurred, connection to server lost" so back to the online menu.
22:42 - testing network environment, quick match, choose vs match, quick match, choose 1vs 1 game, matchmaking in progress, "unable to connect with other user", back to quick match menu.
22:45 - quick match, choose 1vs 1 game, matchmaking in progress, matchmaking complete! This was successful, and the game started at 22:47 after I faffed around with my tactics for a couple of minutes.
So in this case it took me 7 minutes to get a quick game.
As I said in the introduction I have always been a PES fan and perhaps my loyalty is blinding me, but I can't see it changing any time soon. The Master League & Become a Legend will keep things fresh for me for literally years, and the online play, despite it's issues, allows me to play friends around the world (if I can connect to them). The lack of full franchises for teams has never really bothered me and I have always been far more interested in the gameplay. In this respect, Pro Evolution Soccer 10 is as pleasing as ever, and for me, as nice as the mind boggling array of features this game has are, it's always just going to be essentially a simple kick about for me with a bit of strategy thrown in for the Master League. For those prepared to learn all about tactics and special moves, this must surely be an amazing experience.
I am however, only giving four stars due to the online difficulties. If you have features in a game that don't work properly what whatever reason, no matter how good the rest if it is, you have to take that into account in the finall evaluation.
Konami's latest addition of their highly rated football series is a definite improvement from PES 2009, which was a slight let down. However, this is only to be expected, and there are still key areas that make the game feel that it is not a huge leap from the previous addition. There are a lot of good points though. The graphics are even better than before, which was one of the strong points of PES09. Faces are now even more detailed and realistic than ever, with more players getting their own personalised looks. There is a much bigger wealth of options before a game; you are now able to pick individual tactics (such as how much you want to press and work the opposition) and other settings. This makes the game more tactical, and you can now prepare matches down to a tee. The Master League, which was criticised previously, has been more developed. The interface, options, and modes are now different, with things such as a youth system, and real money now replacing points. There is also a bigger choice of teams; in the international roster there are new European additions of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro, plus a lot more for the other continents (i.e. Guinea, Honduras, Mali, Bahrain, and Uzbekistan to name but a few). There are more club teams as well. Fans of Scottish football, will find the likes of Hearts and Aberdeen, good additions.
What are the negatives of PES2010 then? As was mentioned earlier, the game does not feel like a big leap forwards. There are parts that still feel somewhat samey. The commentary is almost exactly the same as with the previous game. John Champion and Mark Lawrenson, still make the same mistakes and bad phrases as last time. There are no new additional modes. It can feel like a recurring pattern, winning the International Cup as England yet again, to unlock Classic England. There are no new additional Classic teams, and they have been very watered down. The likes of Pele, and Bobby Moore do not feature on their respective Classic teams.
Overall, PES2010 is a very good football game. You will have hours of enjoyment on it, but if you were expected a big leap forwards, it looks like again, you will be slightly disappointed.
I have been great fan of Pro Evolution Soccer series but the last two releases disappointed me in the game play. I was very doubtful that I should buy the next release of the KONAMI Pro evolution soccer 2010 or move over to Fifa 10.
Well I was glad that I bought this game as KONAMI did produce one of the best football game ever, they even did better then fifa 10 that's my opinion.
~~Pro of the game~~
I am a great fan of online game play as I would like to test my skills against other best players in the world, but the last two release just had a lot of lag and delays so the game play wasn't very enjoyable. The new PES 2010 has improved the situation and now there are no lag and delays, which means you can just go online for quick game and no worry about any problems.
They have brought back the Master league which is very good as now I can take my team to the top, which will take a while but I know I can do it.
~~Cons of the game~~
The touches seem to be a bit slow then before but it still doesn't matter that much.
This game is far better then the past two installments and if you are PES fan then this will keep you one.
This review comes from the point of view of a gamer who has purchased every pro evo since its debut on the original playstation and the last fifa i purchased had david ginola in his prime the sporting the cover! As for Pes 2010 it has finally settled on the ps3 after a few dubious outings in previous incarnations on the 3rd generation console.
The gameplay is excellent almost as close to a real simulation of the beautiful game as possible but still retaining some arcade elements which only add to its playability.
The goalies are still as unpredictable as David James in his Liverpool days and the refs get it wrong alot(although this tends to mirror real life at the moment so not sure that it should be counted as a negative)
My biggest gripe as ever is licensing, I would quite happily shell out a extra £10 for the game to have the peace of mind that I could play as my belove Wigan Athletic as oppose to Lancashire Athletic. Once again they missed out on the bundesliga completely.
The commentary is as ever woeful but does give ample opportunity to discuss what a buffon Mark Lawrenson is with your mates.
The soundtrack has moved away from the incredibly cheesey music offerings of previous editions to a slick album base including some great indie bands. I have mixed feelings on this, part of the nostalgia of pes for me was always about the terrible background songs, I still occasionally finding myself bursting into "I want to go, go for the goal..."(anyone who has played previous games will know where i am coming from!)
Plenty of solo options in terms of game format, some have which have been tweaked but pro evo has always been about the head to head duels against your mates with beer in toe and once again at this it excels.
Critics may say Fifa 2010 has stolen its crown as king of the football video game but pro evo still has alot of fight left in it.
Pro Evolution Soccer has been the biggest rival to EA Sports Fifa title for many years now but over recent years Konami have not offered up their most fabulous versions but have they managed to get back on track with Pro Evolution Soccer 2010?
This game offers up the same high standards of gameplay experienced with Pro Evolution Soccers of the past with the emphasis on build up play rather than a simple one pass creation of a chance each time (as many find with Fifa). So does it really make a difference? Well simply put it does and with an improved control system making runs more of a challenge but also getting them right more rewarding you are seeing where much of the development from Konami has gone.
So this is a high definition console game...what of the graphics? This game in terms of presentation is simply put amazing with players faces photo realistic and the clubs strips excellently defined with all of the information and detail easily able to be made out. The game really has come on leaps and bounds and in terms of presentation is probably now leading the way in the football games market thanks to excellent quality and depth of detail.
The biggest criticism of Pro Evolution Soccer games has always been the licensing being so poor and therefore fake players names and team names used which puts a lot of people off the game. This years version has gone a huge way to improving on the licensing depth with the Champions League rights still held but improved upon. Added to the game this year is also the Uefa Europa League licensing to provide an even more impressive roster which really does make a big improvement for the gamer like me who finds it important to have proper team names and player names.
- Exceptional graphics and presentation quality
- Improved gameplay and control system
- Much improved licensing with the game now including UEFA Europa League aswell as Champions League
- Improved computer AI
- Fast load times
- Smooth running
- Team kits have had time spent on them and this really shows in the depth of detail
This game has really seen Konami playing catch up and working harder than ever to make sure they got things right. Not only have they got things right...they got many of them perfect.