For anyone looking for a cheap footy fix, this is the best price you'll see before Chrtistmas. The Konami title has been seeing considerably better prices in recent weeks, leaving gamers with a tough choice over this or FIFA 13. For what PES lacks in official names and teams it more than makes up for it on the pitch, providing some of the best footy since the glory days of the PS2 Pro Evo games.
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Silly season kicks off with a bang, with no fewer than four new games in the top ten this week. Borderlands 2 rockets straight to number one, hotly followed by fellow newcomers F1 2012 and PES 2013. Previous incumbent Sleeping Dogs is down at #4, with another newbie - the excellent LittleBigPlanet Vita - coming in at 6th, the best perfermance from a Vita title since the consoel's launch.Click here for the full top ten >>>
This year's PES iteration has been formally announced after Ronaldo teased us last week. PES 2013 promises players "an unprecedented level of control" when it releases this autumn thanks to the new FullControl system and innovations in dynamic first touches, proactive AI, response defending, manual shooting and passing.
We've got the in-depth details and a gameplay trailer below.Click here to read more...
With recent news of OnLive’s plans for cloud-based domination, those interested in picking up the MicroConsole to use on their TV should pay attention to this deal. By Pre-ordering PES 2012 directly from OnLive you can pick up the MicroConsole for free, and when you consider the normal price for the little black box that plugs into your TV is around £70, that’s a fairly huge saving.
That said, I would only recommend this if you know you have a consistently stable internet connection, otherwise the streaming process will be a temperamental and possibly unpleasant one. If you have a good connection, its service could provide you with a worthy alternative to the home console behemoths. Be sure to check out the impressions of the service from Matt and yours truely to give you an idea of what to expect. Thanks to danhufc @ HUKD!
A patch for Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is on the way, with an eye towards fixing errant goalkeepers who've been having problems of late handling vicious long shots. It'll also tweak the Speed Star skill card, which a number of PES fans have identified as being a tad unrealistic, granting the holder acceleration and speed even Thierry Henry would find enviable.Click here for more
It's nearly December and already the streets of cyberspace are bustling with consumers, eager to snap up bargains left, right and centre. It can sometimes be a little difficult to decide what to get for your friends and family at this time of year so, if it's games you're looking for, we're going to be running a little mini season of buyer's guides to help you pick a few things out. These are, of course, relatively subjective, but hopefully they provide a few little highlights. We'll be running our Game of the Year season next month too, so keep an eye out for more suggestions then.
So let's kick off with dads. Here are a few little suggestions to pick out for your old man this Christmas.Click here to read more...
As Matt explains in the full review, PES 2012 is a serious return to form, though not to dominance. Active AI and excellent off the ball control make for a seriously impressive footy title, and thanks to Tesco Entertainment's phenomenally useful EXM5OFF25-1 voucher code, it's also pretty cheap too.
We all know FIFA 12 was a phenomenal if expected success for EA, shifting over 3.2 million units in its first week on sale. It wasn't always the case that FIFA would sell so well, as Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer once ruled the roost. Once. In this week's charts, PES 2012 debuted in fifth, a very disappointing position for the new release which couldn't even compete with FIFA 12 despite its plummet in sales. And according to a pretty chuffed EA, their take on the beautiful game outsold Konami's by 25 to 1.Click here to read more...
Konami has rolled out a free Facebook app that provides in-game bonuses for PES 2012. MyPES allows players to create customised leagues and sync their match results with Facebook, whilst rewarding users with double game points in the full game (along with other bonuses awarded for completing specific goals).
Right, we've done all of the highbrow stuff and weighed, judged and scored both of this year's premier football teams on their own merits, taking care not to mention the rival in respective reviews. There is nothing worse than reading a PES review and having to wade through five paragraphs talking about FIFA, and vice versa. But to ignore the comparison completely would be churlish. We're mired in recession, steeped in debt and consumer confidence is so low that it's verging on the subterranean. It is in such times that gamers have to make hard choices about the titles that they purchase, circumstances such as these leading to conservatism as punters play it safe.
That's a bit out of the question this time around for the discerning football fan, though. In ages past, it was generally agreed that the dial shifted one way or the other, with PES in the ascendancy back when it had numbers after its name rather than years, and FIFA turning things around in the last three or four seasons. This year, though, things have changed. FIFA 12 plays a vastly different, slower and more tactically ponderous game than it has in the past. PES 2012, meanwhile, has gone for all-out offence, eschewing realism for a speedier, more arcadey experience that speaks to its roots back in the ISS years.
The question is, which one should you go for this year?
We reviewed both FIFA 12 and PES 2012 and gave them both an 8, the innovations of each counter-balanced by different flaws between the pair of them. But it wasn't really enough. So here's a step-by-step breakdown of both games, compared and contrasted to give you, the prospective buyer, of which one might be more suited to your tastes.Hit the jump to check out our comparison...
The PES series is starting to gain momentum again - and this latest version is a revelation thanks to its excellent active AI and off the ball control. PES 2012 still feels a little unfinished (which is why there's a big free patch on the way), but it's set to delight series fans when it releases this friday.
Why not check out our 8/10 review for more details?
Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
One of the more frustrating things about football games comes when you're desperately trying to unlock a defence and none of your teammates appear to be co-operating. So it was last year that I found myself last year, having slotted the ageing visionary Ryan Giggs into my manchester united midfield, in the hopes of delivering a killer pass or two, only to have my wingers and Wayne Rooney in particular charging headlong into their respective markers, making little effort to find any space whatsoever.
Football and facepalms often go hand in hand...or should that be head in hand?
But not this year. If Konami hinted at being back on an upward curve with its improved title last year, then this year's instalment is proof that they're certainly on the right track. Intelligent AI (for the most part) is all part of the package this time around, and what a difference it makes. On an individual level, this means that executing an attacking run doesn't just equate to a straight line, headless dash, but players twist and turn, cutting in from the flanks to look for space.
But the best part is that you can control all of this yourself. PES 2012 has upped the level of control since last year, but not just for the player in possession or a singular defender, now you can govern the motion of a second teammate with a flick and a click of the right stick, holding up play with one hand as you make a scything run in from the wings with the other, delivering a perfectly weighted through ball that sees the defensive line broken and the centre backs in complete disarray. It's a bit fiddly and it takes some serious dexterity which only really comes through practice, but it's totally worth it. The satisfaction at having carved a defence to pieces, or jumbling up and confusing your markers at a corner or long throw into the box and knowing that you did it all, is substantial indeed.Click here to read more...
It's actually quite amusing how FIFA and PES' philosophies have swapped places this year. While for the past few years, FIFA was the blisteringly fast and smooth offering with PES the slower, more methodical option, such philosophies have traded hands now, with EA opting for a defensive-minded, tactical approach to FIFA 12, and Konami cranking the PES 2012 engine into overdrive with a fast, fluid system. You really can't go wrong with either, and if you plumped for PES, you'll be happy to hear some DLC is coming your way. Best of all, it's free!Click here to read more...
Remember when Pro Evolution Soccer was the standard by which we judged the beautiful game in videogame form? In the early years of the twenty-first century, PES was a finely-tuned masterpiece, the closest you could come to actual footie without a pitch and ball. In fact, here at Dealspwn we maintain that Pro Evo Soccer 4 is the greatest football game ever made. Regardless of FIFA's technical merits, it can't quite capture the magic of PES 4.
That said, it's a vastly different landscape now. FIFA is top dog, and PES now resembles an ailing star struggling to keep up with its younger, better looking counterpart. However, ass Matt rightly pointed out in his preview from GamesCom, just because FIFA might be ruling the roost at the moment doesn't mean PES is exempt from the genre. Both offer their own take on football; it just usually comes down to which we enjoy the most.
And you know what? While I've been enjoying FIFA's particular delights for the past two years - having once been a PES diehard - hands-on with the latest build of PES 2012 at the Eurogamer Expo yesterday has opened my eyes to an astonishing fact. Has PES finally caught back up with FIFA?
Disgruntled PES fans, fret no more! Although the Xbox 360 missed out on the first demo, the second has dropped on the LIVE Marketplace. The demo features a full 10 minute match as well as a glimpse at the new Challenge Training mode to help players get to grips with the new gameplay additions.
Teams featured are Tottenham Hotspur, FC Bayern Munich, FC Internazionale Milano, Rangers FC, Club America and Sport Club Internacional. As you can see, there'll be a range of licensed and unlicensed teams in there.
Let us know what you think of the demo in the comments below. You can read our preview here.
PES 2012 is out on October 14th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
PES Team Leader Jon Murphy confirmed on Twitter that there'll be no initial Xbox 360 demo for PES 2012.
Sorry to confirm that due to issues on both sides we can’t release the 1st PES2012 demo for 360. We’ve tried hard but have to give up. [...] We – Konami, the PES team and myself – are all really, really sorry. - Jon Murphy, PES Team Leader
Hmm. With Konami locked down towards further details and Murphy keeping schtum, we've dropped Microsoft a line to see if they have any comments to make.
In the meantime, check out our preview here.
The Pro Evolution Soccer series has always been a bit fiddly. To really get the most out of it, to really enjoy the franchise for what it is, players have invariably had to familiarise themselves with controls that perhaps at first seem a little incongruous and unintuitive. Accessibility has often been perceived as something of a problem, particularly for longtime supporters of That Other Big Football Game and, indeed, I still find it somewhat strange playing one directly after spending a good length of time with the other.
But that's because they're two completely different takes on the same game, much as Need For Speed and Gran Turismo might share the same racing genes, whilst delivering completely different experiences. To say that football cannot sustain the depth that such choice would suggest is, frankly, an argument with little to no merit.
PES has prided itself on being something of a purist title in the past, helped in no small amount by its underdog status, but I genuinely believe that these things comes in cycles of 4-5 years. PES 4 is, in my humble opinion, probably the finest football game of its time that I've ever played. But that didn't present itself to me immediately, and neither will this year's iteration necessarily reveal its aces to those looking for the equivalent of a playground kickabout. There can be no doubt that the last handful of years have seen something of a decline in Pro Evolution's star, but if last year's game showed that Konami were wrestling the series around once more, what we've seen of PES 2012 suggests they are back on track once again.Click here to read more...
True to the sport its simulating, the rivalry between Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer is as fierce and compelling as the most titanic of footballing bouts to grace the world's greatest contest. Fifa has edged ahead in recent years, but Konami appear focused on pushing EA to the very last minute with their 2012 iteration, which promises a wealth of new features and improvements to sway old and new fans back. However, EA have told Gaming Bolt their "not concerned".Click here for more
Konami has announced that PES 2012 will be landing on these shores on October 14th on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The publishers are touting this latest iteration in the long running series as the 'most ambitious and advanced football game ever'. We're still awaiting confirmed dates for the PSP, PS2 and Wii versions of the game, but Konami have said that they will announced soon.Click here to read more...
The competition between EA's Fifa and Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series is fascinating; the pair see-sawing in the popularity stakes every single year as new features and philosophies enter the fray. In recent years, Fifa has emerged as top dog, which seems to have a lit a fire underneath Konami, billing PES 2012 as the biggest reinvention of the long-running franchise since its inception. For example, the new Teammate Control system adds an unprecedented amount of control to the game, allowing you to control two players at once, the dribbler and the runner.Click here for more