Product Type: Konami Xbox 360 games
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Possibly the worst PES to date.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: bbjaylive
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: New tactical sliders, ML overhaul, new BAL mode
Disadvantages: AI, goalkeeping, tactical sliders have limited effect, very low foul rate, online
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.