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Genre: Sports - Football / Release Date: 2009-10-23 / Published by Konami

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      08.02.2011 00:32
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      Not the finished article, but still a contender

      Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is a pretty good game, I bought this one late, partially because the reviews hadn't been overwhelming and also because it gets cheaper the closer it gets to the new edition being released. The game is currently £11.96 on Amazon but I actually got my copy for £4.99 at Game from one of their used bins.

      As with previous versions of the game, Pro Evolution requires more fantasy in your game, because the leagues don't have real team or player names, this means you might have a team with David Beekham or Fabio Carravano rather than their real names, it is frustrating and for me does take away from my enjoyment of the game.

      The AI and movement of the footballers has been improved to make them slightly more intelligent both in your team and against you making it much more challenging. Also the players shots are more realistic and variable which adds to the challenge of the game, as in previous versions once through, hitting the ball a certain way guaranteed a goal.

      The game is more realistic in the angle you watch from, also some of the play such as tackles and headers feel more realistic and provide more satisfaction than Fifa, when you foul somebody here you hear the crunch and watch as they struggle to return to their feet.

      The become a legend mode has developed further, allowing you to start your career as a footballer in the amateurs and work your way up to become the greatest footballer in the world.

      The passing, control and movement have been improved, making it more realistic than Fifa in that respect, the passing is more difficult, but also more satisfying for it, the game has tried to add weather conditions which make shots and long passes more variable.

      Again this is the game for people who want more variation in each match. With Fifa, once you have set up and worked out your style of play you can win games on autopilot, with this game, you could play the same game three times and each one would be entirely different due to the completely variable parts of the game.

      Visually you are closer to the action than with FIFA, it lacks some of the polish of FIFA, however, is still visually compelling with improvements on the stadiums and atmosphere, as well as the ways players move with the ball.

      I also like the whole premise of the way PES has developed, the players are now much stronger or weaker depending on their size, they are also faster or slower, and this is just like reality, so you can use tactics and move a speedy player to a wing against a slow full back, you can bully a small player off the ball, and the tackling has improved tenfold, the idea of skill and speed has also got much better, skill and control are much better when the player is moving slowly, at pace the players control lessens but offers greater rewards.

      Shooting is still variable, you can score amazing goals without knowing what you are doing, whilst sometimes you can do everything right and balloon it over the bar, in some ways this is more like real life than the simple style of FIFA where you can understand how to shoot and score nearly every time.

      The commentary and sound are pretty poor, while the menu system is really weak, and is one of the big differences with FIFA, you don't get the same level of menu's, competitions or statistics as you would with FIFA, and if like me you love football, this can really dent your enjoyment.

      Overall, this game is much less polished than FIFA, it lacks the names, the options and the statistics, but it does offer a more complete footballing experience, as it makes you consider, speed, control, how and when to shoot, and every game is a unique experience, that offers something new and different, this may not be to everyone's tastes, but is well worth checking out.

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        27.12.2010 19:52
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        I would say FIFA is still winning the battle but give this a go!

        OVERVIEW:
        It's fair to say that the last couple of years have not been the best for fans of Konami's football game.

        While PES 2008 was a real low, PES 2009 showed some early promise but was still missing some vital ingredients.

        I'm pleased to say that with PES 2010, Konami are back on form, well, just about.

        When I first put PES 2010 into my Xbox 360 and booted the game up I wasn't sure what to expect. Some reviews had praised the game (PSM3 and IGN in particular) but many had said it was a disappointment.

        GRAPHICS:
        I was worried it was just going to be a slightly polished version of PES 2009 but I was soon put at ease. Straight away you can feel the new ball physics at work and it now feels great to knock the ball about and frustrate the opposition. It also looks superb, with some of the best player likenesses I have ever seen.

        GAMEPLAY:
        I managed to put together some very nice passing moves and the feel of satisfaction when something comes off for you is definitely back this year. That's not to say it doesn't take a bit of getting used to though. Those of us who have always sworn by the D-pad might find the switch to the left stick a little alien at first, but it soon feels at home and you'll wonder how you ever coped without it.

        I started my PES 2010 experience with a couple of friendlys before deciding to start a Champions League campaign with Man City (on Top Player of course) to see what was new. First off, I've got to say - Konami have really improved the presentation this year! From the match day build-up to the Group tables, everything looks superb and has a real TV presentation style to it. It might not seem a big factor but it really adds to the experience.

        I actually ended up losing my first game 3-2 to Sporting in an absolute thriller. But it was my equalising goal to make it 2-2 that really summed up the new gameplay. I played 5 or 6 intricate passes between Barry and Adebayor, before playing it up to Tevez, who turned, drew two defenders in, passed the perfect through ball to Robinho, who controlled with one foot and slipped it under the keeper with the other. It was one of those moments that just makes you jump up and down with glee and then feel relieved that no one was in the room to see you getting quite so excited about 11 pixeleated men!

        It's just these sort of moments that really make the game this year. They've been missing from the last couple of versions, but they seem to be back with a bang in PES 2010!

        One of the most impressive features for me so far though is the player individuality. Each player feels quite different to control and certain players, such as Tevez and Berbatov feel absolutely spot on. You really feel like them with the ball at your feet. This has always been one of PES major strengths and it's great to see it back.

        Another great addition is the long ball. At last, it is actually worth playing a long ball to the opposite wing and opening up the play. On PES 2009, a long ball would often float slowly across and get intercepted, but in PES 2010 it's a totally different ball game. With a good passer, such as City's Gareth Barry, you can really create space by pinging a 40-yard pass across the pitch. The new ball physics also makes crosses a far more satisfying experience this year, allowing you to whip dangerous balls across the six-yard box.

        The opposition seem a little wiser this year too. My game against Sporting, mentioned above, proved the perfect example. Once Sporting had taken the lead for the third and final time they actually tried to keep the ball and pinged quick passes to each other, making it harder for me to get back into the game.

        The tactical sliders are also a welcome feature this year, allowing you to pile pressure on to the opposition if you are behind, or defend deep if you are in front. I was trailing 1-0 to AC Milan in a game and decided to push the sliders right up, to aloow me to fully attack. Next thing I knew I could visibly see my team push forward for an equaliser. Unfortunately for me, Milan caught me twice on the break and I ended up losing 3-0!! More practice with the sliders needed for me I think.

        The new penalty system is also a welcomed addition. Gone are the days when you just hit, hoped and left your fate in the hands of the AI. The new system allows you to choose how hard you hit the ball and how far to either side. This ended up with me blazing over, Chris Waddle style, for the first few attempts but I eventually got the hang of it. The new system now means you hold your own fate in your hands and makes each penalty that much more tense.

        However, it's not all good news for PES 2010. Unfortunately the keepers are still prone to those fumbles that lead to a tap-in for the opposition all too often. It's not as frequent an occurrence as last year, but it's still there. They also have the odd occasion where they jump straight up in the air and let a shot go right past them, though thankfully this has only happened a couple of times in my playing time.

        The other major let-down is the lack of new animations. Yes, there have been a few added since last year (such as the mid-air back-flick pass) but the majority of the players still run and turn in a very robotic way and just don't have the fluidity of Fifa 10. Konami really need to work on this side of the game for next year.

        SOUND:
        The sound is also disappointing. The commentary, as always, is pretty poor and repetitive after a while. I've even noticed many of the lines from PES 2009 in the new game, which just seems lazy. The crowd is a slight improvement though. The home crowd boo and whistle when the away team keep the ball now, which is a nice touch. One strange thing I did notice though, was the lack of cheering when the away team score. Obviously it shouldn't be as loud as when the home team score but in PES 2010 it's almost complete silence. The soundtrack is a big improvement though, with tracks from Stereophonics, Kaiser Chiefs and many more well known bands.

        GAME MODES:
        And so to the game modes: Masters League is back and better than ever. I haven't had the chance to properly get to grips with the mode yet (let's face it, you need a couple of months before that happens) but the inclusion of a youth team, sponsors and fan clubs along with the Champions League and Europa League integration should make the single player experience even better. Get ready to lose any free time you hoped to have over the coming months!

        Become A Legend also returns but with few updates from last year. However, managers now give you their own rating each match and the improved gameplay certainly makes the mode a lot more enjoyable to play.

        Online has been a sore subject for Konami these last two years but they have promised a lag-free experience this year. I haven't tested the mode myself yet, but early indications suggest that it is running well and should be a far more enjoyable experience this time round.

        CONCLUSION:
        So to the conclusion: While PES 2008 and 2009 were locked out of the grounds, PES 2010 seems to have broken through the gate and is knocking on the door of greatness. If Konami continue to improve the game in the same way next year, PES 2011 may just be let back in.

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        19.09.2010 01:59
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        Avoid.

        Earlier this year I made the decision to purchase a next-gen console as my aging PS2 just couldn't cut it anymore. After enjoying the PES series on the PS2 I wanted to enjoy the benefits of playing it on a next-gen system to enhance the experience. I can quite honestly say that having played all of the games in the series, this is one of Konami's worst efforts yet.

        Now admittedly I didn't really attempt to find out if it was worth getting vs Fifa 10, although there was a lot hype surrounding Fifa. So I decided to start bidding for it on eBay. I didn't get the bargain price I wanted so I got Pro Evo instead. I assumed I would enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the games of previous years. I assumed wrongly.

        Let's start with the positives first, though.

        The best feature for me is the implementation of tactical sliders, similar to what you would find in an NBA game. This controls how teams play, making in theory every team play differently and the big teams have distinct styles. The sliders include Player Support (determining how advanced a player's team mates will be and how willing they are to make runs when a player has the ball), Pressing (determing how much you pressure the opponent when they have the ball) and Attacking Style (determing the distance between a player with the ball and his team mates e.g. narrow for Barcelona, quite wide for Man Utd) amongst a few others. This should be a focus for future football games to evolve along with signature player animations.

        The gameplay is slower than previous iterations allowing for a more realistic game speed. The pitch is sufficiently large and the relative player models are more accurately to scale thus preventing getting up and down the pitch constantly in a few seconds. The Master League has been revamped, with a new Youth Team implemented and the option to sign these players to get them into the senior squad. Training players has been simplified and there are many more options in which to control the team introduced.

        The "Become A Legend" mode is quite basic but still fun. Switch off the auto-move for a real challenge and making runs and finding space to meet with a cross or finish close gives you the ultimate satisfaction.

        Now, here come the negatives.

        The AI of your players is embarrassing to be honest. If you are dribbling down the middle with one of your players, do not expect any kind of help from the CPU team mates. They will usually just amble behind you on the wings, making no effort to get ahead of the ball. This could be remedied by copying Fifa's Player Run function where you press a button to make a player without the ball make a run. Even without this feature though, CPU teammates should be making a run as is with real life. You can make all the tactical adjustments (including increasing the player support to 100) and increasing of the offensive level you want, the CPU will just behave in the same way, which kills part of the game, and thus rendering the through pass at least 50% less effective than it should be. Very often you will think there is space to make a through pass but once you make it the player doesn't rush to the ball, he just stands like a dummy and invites the defender to intercept all too easily.


        What absolutely destroys the game though is the goalkeeping. It is quite easily the worst I've seen from a PES game. Konami have had several years to rectify this issue, but somehow it gets exponentially worse each year. There can be a howler every two or three matches which just feels like the computer is cheating. An opponent can literally give a square pass to your keeper from the wing and when your keeper holds it he manages to make a Massimo Tahibi sized mess of it and spill it into the goal. In an exhibition match, this is laughably pathetic, but in a ML match it just makes me turn my X360 off. If I wanted a challenge like that I might as well just give the CPU a head start by knocking in one or two own goals straight after kick off.

        While I said the tactical sliders were great features, they obviously need to be worked on a lot, because almost every team (except the big teams) I play in ML on Top Player, plays with the most infuriating unambitiousness, refusing to cross the half way line until they passed it around for two or three minutes which is simply unrepresentative of real life when you consider I am playing ten minute matches. I've tried increasing to fifteen but that just then becomes boring.

        Another horrible thing about PES 2010, is that you will hardly ever get a penalty when playing the CPU, this is because across the whole pitch either the CPU, just cheats its way into making good tackles 90% of the time or the referee has allowed prison rules football to take place.

        Take all this stuff online and add a lack of collision detection and you can have players such as Messi and Ronaldo literally dribble the ball through your foot and have an easy score. Other things that are wrong with online?

        - Weak foot accuracy means nothing. You can defend Messi really well by keeping him on his weaker, right foot. No danger then? Haha, probably not in real life but with PES 2010, there is no danger, Messi can just cross with his right foot, as if he's crossing with his left and a striker in the box can just head home easily.

        - As I said before, PES insults defence, and players like Ibra, Messi and Ronaldo can just pass through what is supposed to represent human flesh, an actually body with mass.

        - Cheaters can somehow lag the online system in their favour so that while your players are reacting two or three seconds to your commands and moving as if they are on the moon, your opponent's players can just easily pass by you.

        - Crossing is over-rewarded. Sports video games are based on momentum, but that momentum can always be broken with an absolutely nothing cross and couple that with the fact that you as the defence, will be at a disadvantage in terms of positioning yourself to head clear.

        - The lack of an option to quit or forfeit the game. I do not want to have to restart the X360 all the time when I am playing a Lag cheater.

        - The frequent amount of button lag. I've experienced it even when playing people of the same country.


        I hope that PES 2011 will be a vast improvement on 2010, but I probably will not be buying it. I wasted money on an unenjoyable game and now I will try Fifa, because for the past few years they have always been looking to greatly improve every year.

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          21.04.2010 20:10
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          the football fans football game

          although not perfect id rate this above fifa 10 in a lot of areas. starting with where the game falls down the graphics are not really what you expect for a 360 game and are only a slight steop up from the ps2 days also the game has the " on rails " feels where your player ignores any of your frantic button pressing and carries on chasing the ball ( super cancel stops this but its basically lazy programing )

          the game has pretty much all the same game modes as fifa but does them slightly differently and in my opinion better. the master league is more involved than ever and now you can get scouting reports etc from staff you can hire , look at your youth team and set up your training.
          the be a legend mode is by far my fave mode, in a sad way i feel a real sense of pride when my young striker gets his first goal and the least said about my Welsh debut the better......
          Also there is a Champions League mode complete with the annoying theme.

          On the pitch the game can jump from a great match to a sort of pinball in midfield ( the latest online update fixes this ) but all the matches move at a good pace and the learning curve isnt too steep.

          Finally it does pay to edit a lot of the team tactic options to stop the same players playing week in week out and to give the game the option to change the teams formations during the match.

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          24.02.2010 01:53
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          Well worth the purchase.

          I have been a fan of Konami football games since well before they were even called Pro Evo, however I felt that the series had begun to lose it's way a bit in it's last few incarnations.

          Big promises of change and innovation were made by Konami again prior to this game's release and thankfully they have, by and large, kept their promises this year. Yes, a lot of the old faults are there; games often feel scripted against the computer, the online mode is painfully laggy a lot of the time and the goalkeepers are still rubbish.

          However they have jazzed up the gameplay and made it a touch more 'arcadey' and fun to play and they have also tinkered with the game modes too. The Master League mode is hugely improved and is now also a sort of Football Manager Lite as well as being a damn good football game in it's own right.

          Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 isn't perfect but it is a pleasing return to form for the series and one can only hope that they take this year's faults and improve on them next year again.

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            11.02.2010 19:49
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            A good game and is certainly worth trying out.

            Pro Evolution soccer 2010 is a product made by Konami in 2009. It is one of the more popular football games available, and is available of PC and Ps3 as well.

            There are many different game modes which can be played, which include, International cups and leagues, club cups and leagues and many more. You also have the ability to create your own player in this game. The player is not a very skilled player, and you can train the player to make him one of the best in the game. This is my personal favourite game mode, as it is challenging and exciting to see how well you develop and if you can make it to play for one of the greatest teams in the world.

            I prefer to play this game more than FIFA as I feel that the gameplay is more realistic. The game is enjoyable to play with family members, and to play against computer. I particularly enjoy playing with family members, as you can have upto 8 people playing at one time and is great fun when there are people around.

            There are a wide variety of teams to choose from in the game, including both international teams as well as Clubs. However, Konami does not have the licence of all the club names. For example, Manchester united are known as "man red". This can make it difficult to select the correct team and can become frustrating when you play with less popular teams, where the teams are more difficult to identify.

            There are different levels and different options which can be chosen such as the time of the day or the colour of the football. There are not many new features in this game since the previous game Pro Evolution Soccer 2009.

            The major drawback of this game is the online lag. While playing a game online, it can take a very long time to connect to an opponent with a good connection. The game itself is very cheap and can be purchased for around £17.

            I would highly recommend renting out this game as well as Fifa 10, as people tend to like one game and hate the other.

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              24.01.2010 20:55
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              Pes beats Fifa this time

              Introduction
              Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PES 2010) is the newest release from Konami of the Pro Evolution Soccer football brand. For years now, there has been a huge Fifa vs PES rivalry with some going one way and others going the other until now. Where Fifa have failed to improve upon their game seeming to not bother to improve much in the way of graphics and gameplay, the PES team have dramatically improved the gameplay and graphic detail and created the best football game yet. PES 2010 have also managed to get more licensing for teams and competitions with nearly the whole of Italy and Spain as well as licensing for both the Europa and Champions League, these are very good additions as the fake team names have always been a sore point for Pro Evolution Soccer.

              Graphic Details and Game play
              The game plays almost like a real football match, there are of course some complaints, some players are a lot better than they should be and this does sometimes get annoying. Overall however the game is quite accurate to watching a real football match especially visually.

              Playing Online
              when playing online everyone is either barcelona or real madrid, this means that playing online does become very boring for the true fans of football who want to be the team they support. However one good feature new to online play is the new invention of competitions that hold between 100 and 150 players and happen about eight to ten times a day. In these competitions players get an hour to record their 3 consecutive results, if they come in the top 16 they are then entered into a knockout stage. You can play these on your own or with a friend. It is also very easy to find an online match, again you can play these 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 and you can play ranked or unranked matches. How you play on ranked matches will effect your overall points rating and what league you are in, ranging from Division 1 to Division 3a.

              Become a Legend
              Become a Legend is set out similarly to that of the last game. You create a player choose a position and then work your way up the career ladder starting from the reserve team and trying to earn a regular place by impressing the manager. For those who played the last Pro Evolution Soccer there are only really significant changes in terms of the layout and visual appearance, it is much nicer now and easier to navigate but when playing you still get subbed off a lot like in PES 2009.

              Master League
              This competition is set out much the same as it is always is, you create a team and through playing well and winning awards you can sign new players. This mode is a cross between playing and managing a team in the sense that you are in control of transfers, wages and all other aspects of the team but then you also play the matches so it is not just a manager mode.

              League and Cup
              In this you choose an already renowned team and compete in the league that they are based in (Premier League, Serie A, La Liga or a Mixed league. You can also play in the Cups of countries or make your own cup and play the Konami cup where you pick which teams play.

              Overall this is a brilliant game with some much needed uplifts. Konami have taken a great deal of care with this new release and have done brilliantly. There is a clear difference with the releases of PES and Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 has definitely edged it.

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              23.01.2010 20:22
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              PES strolls when its needs to stride.

              Sega versus Nintendo. Mario versus Sonic. Drinking Coke versus eating a bag of sugar. Like all the best disputes of the last couple of decades, the battle for football-gaming supremacy between Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA is in equal parts endless and tedious. Where FIFA once ruled the roost, plucky and terribly-named Pro-Evo came to take their crown. Then, as current consensus seems to hold, FIFA recently took it back - and doubtless this'll continue until everyone gets what they probably really want - a game that combines the undisputed virtues of each. Still, in the absence of that happening any time soon, what of the 2010 incarnations?


              ~ What's New? ~

              As is often the case with annual franchise reboots, the changes are predominantly aesthetic. After last year's unrestrained visuals and abundance of funk, Pro Evo pulls its head in a little and comes out with a distinctly darker, grittier look that has more than a shade of its rival about it. It works, though. Everything's clean and clear, the menus are that much simpler and easier to navigate and the longer you play, the more you notice the essentially insignificant details that have nonetheless sanded down some of the rough edges of the previous instalment.

              Graphics have never been PES's trump card, but Konami have produced an exceptionally good-looking game here. Kits (where licensed, admittedly an on-going caveat) and player-likenesses are spot-on, and a sprinkling of new boots, stadia and balls have been introduced for those bothered by such minor flourishes (that'd be me, then ...).

              On the debit side, the edit facility, so long needed to compensate for PES's lack of licenses against FIFA's wealth of officialdom, is scarcely improved here. It's fine, and does what it needs to, but when other aspects of the game have developed, it's disappointing to find one of the franchise's biggest weaknesses left as is. Unfortunately, while the EA game's 2010 edition gleams with accuracy, you're still plodding along here having to edit out "Man Blue" and "Lancashire Claret" from the Premier League. Some additional licenses have been acquired, though - La Liga is better catered-for than previously, and a few new national teams have been added, including the ever-absent Germany.

              These are, of course, familiar concerns. If you've bought PES, you've steeled your editing fingers in advance. The good news is that the best bits from previous games are all here - and in many cases, improved upon.


              ~ It's in the Game ~

              Okay, so that's the slogan that's accompanied FIFA for many years, but it's perhaps more appropriate for PES. Traditionally, what it's lacked in authentic details and fancy trimming has been made up for by an intensely realistic on-pitch experience that just feels so much more like the real thing than anything else on the market. This is, happily, still the case. Innovations are minor in terms of the gameplay, but there have been a few tweaks to bring that level of believability even closer.

              In practice, the effect of these little changes has been an increase in difficulty; sliding tackles continue to be less use every game (gone is the version ten years ago when you could fly in from twenty yards and effortlessly extract the ball), defenders are harder to loose with the ball at your feet and better does the opposition keep possession, forcing you to puff around the pitch trying to win it back. Konami have come out with a load of guff about these changes, most of which appears to be in a different language, but this is the upshot - scoring is more difficult, playing is still fun.

              In keeping with the visual tones of the game, matches have been given something of a gritty overhaul, shaking off the occasionally cartoonish graphics of earlier years' games in favour of more realistic hues.

              One element which has seen a substantial makeover is the Master League mode - the career-type part of the game which plays as something of a arcade football/management simulation hybrid, giving you responsibility for transfers, budgets, training and the like. 2009's version was well-designed, but plenty of effort sees this year's reworking much improved. PES 2010 has done away with the strangely arbitrary points system used to buy players and pay wages, and replaced it with money; adding sponsorship deals, gate receipts and the associated trimmings of pseudo-management to the package. This section of the game, already strong, is now a dangerously addictive twist on the gameplay which - crucially for Konami, I suspect - far outstrips FIFA's own Manager Mode, one of few weaknesses in EA's armoury.

              Last year's excellent (and official!) Champions League mode is retained, and is again a strong part of the game that goes some way to compensating for all the phony teams and whatnot.


              ~ Play On ~

              In truth, PES 2010 is something of a mixed bag. Although the core of the gameplay is still strong, and there are some welcome additions to its roster, the franchise has lost some serious ground on FIFA in the past few years, and Konami needed an outstanding release this time round to close that gap somewhat. As much as I like this effort, it probably isn't that game. Improvements have been made in some areas - and here the game really benefits - but other aspects have been given little more than a brisk face-value makeover, a flourish of style that masks a lack of serious work.

              This will still appeal to the existing PES fans - and indeed, it's still a fine football game; arguably the closest thing to the genuine article on sale. Taken on its own merits, this game should be lauded - but with the shadow of FIFA long and exceptionally murky, PES needed to fight a little harder to find its way out.

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                14.12.2009 00:58
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                Best football game ever

                Pro evolution soccer 2010 is the latest instalment from computer game developer Konami. Like the previous installment it is available on all the major consoles (XBOX 360, Playstation 3, Windows and wii). For anyone who has been living under a rock for the last 10 years, PES is a football game which in recent years dominated the market at the expense of its fierce rival fifa.

                This year's installment sees Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Ballon d'Or winner Lionel messi on the front of the game. For the past few years it has been quiet difficult to write reviews on each of the new installment because not much really changes from year to year apart from which superstar appears on the front. But after fifa's victory in the clash of the two giants PES had to do something quick and with this latest installment I think they have achieved this.
                Game layout: this year the game has taking on a new layout regarding the interface. For a diehard PES fan this was a bit daunting at first but does not take long to get used to. For anyone who plays the Master league in PES then they will benefit from a more developed interface which allows you to achieve more while on your way to football glory. With the way you sign and sell players giving a face over and an all new youth team option integrated you will have quite a bit to master at first.

                Graphics:
                In my openion this the only minor victory FIFA held over PES in previous series and although they may have achieved this again PES have addressed this and as a result the game looks amazing although to be fair the new FIFA game looks quite good too.

                Game play:
                This was the jewel in the crown of previous series. PES has ALWAYS had the better game play, better than other football game so when I heard that they were going to change the style in which players move and score then I was a little worried I wouldn't like it. However the new style the game has adopted is really impressive. The way in which passes can be strung together fantastic even thought it can be slightly difficult at the start. the one-two pass and the over the top pass are not as easy to achieve as in previous series but after a few games you will have a better delivery than David Beckham.

                Game modes:
                As I touched on earlier the Master league has been giving a makeover and has more features which enhance your experience. The old and very irritating way in which you had to sign players has gone. Instead of waiting until the transfer window opens for that short period of time to buy your targets you can now agree a transfer at any stage of the season. This is also the same regarding outgoing players.
                Not much has changed in the become a legend mode but for all of recent PES converts this mode basically allows you to control one player in the team and build him to become the best player in the world signing for numerous clubs along the way.
                All the standard leagues are available but the big one is the official champion's league. Many Fifa fans argue that their game is better because of the license. For example when they want to play as Everton they don't have to pick Merseyside blue. For me this is not a big deal and with the addition of the official champions league option PES are slowly but surely clawing their way back.

                Conclusion:
                This version is a big step in the right direction and for me is a quality game. I have been hooked since I purchased it. I have played the new FIFA and I honestly believe this game is the best choice for true football fans. This game would be a quality Christmas present.

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