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Exquisite football simulation!!,
This review is from: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PS3) (Video Game)
Pro Evolution 2011 is the revamp this series needed; it puts the last few instalments to shame and exposes them as the shallow arcade games they are. This is a real simulation of football and it soon became obvious that a lot of what I had learned from playing previous PES games was irrelevant. It has a steep learning curve because the AI has dramatically improved and now finally shows real attacking intent, the new passing system requires concentration and quick thinking- it is very unforgiving but can be immensely rewarding and because the game is now slower and much more realistic. I have a lost a fair few games against the AI while trying to get to grips with the game, you have to play it like your playing a real game, be meticulous and patient. When you get it right PES 2011 is easily the closest you can get to recreating football in a game, there is little that is as satisfying as putting good moves together and it never gets formulaic and my range of goals have been diverse to say the least.
GRAPHICS: The graphics are excellent (HD) and some of the player likenesses are the best seen in any football game; I think PES 2011 certainly has better visuals, plus I love the new camera angle which really highlight the detail in the presentation.
AUDIO: The crowd noise seems much more authentic this year, a lot of recognisable chants rather than a generic blur. Plus you can hear players shouting to each other. The commentary is pretty weak but much improved on the previous few games. No more Lawro thankfully, his voice acting was appalling and Jim Beglin does a much better job of making it sound authentic.
AI: The artificial intelligence shows great improvement and improves the game play immeasurably. It has been so frustrating in the previous two games because the AI would simply pass along its back line and in midfield and showing little urgency or attacking intent. Now the AI knows how to cut you open and will do so successfully, it shows much more urgency and will attack you, especially when losing. It makes for a much more challenging game and it has been a great pleasure learning how to play it.
TACTICS: The tactical system has such depth that it's like a mini- management game, you can set your team up exactly how you want them to play and see it executed sublimely on the pitch; there is a huge array of options. You can set your team to play different strategies you set for different situations- Level, leading or trailing. The new drag and drop system is fantastic, you can set the exact formation you want and it is so simple. The new interface is excellent and makes it easy to meticulously create your own tactics. You can also leave it to automated with a few different options which works fine for when you want to just get on with the game.
To conclude, this is the best football game yet made. I played both demos PES and FIFA and have to say I enjoyed them both. It wasn't until I got the full game and really got stuck in when I realised the depth that PES 2011 has. It is real football simulation for the purists who want to play a proper game of football; you have to play the game well to win. No more pinball passes and huge AI automated assistance in everything you do. The altered defensive system now allows you defend realistically, you are able to keep your defender backing off their man and hold them up, you have to get the timing right if you want to put you foot in but it means there is a real technique to defending. There was no real system before and defending well was difficult because you couldn't back off and the AI pulled out your centre backs- this has been overhauled. The physicality of the players now has a real effect, it is much more realistic and restricts player being able to just sprint past everyone. Stamina now plays a bigger part so you can't afford to be sprinting non stop with your best player (which was a lame and tiresome tactic anyway).
- PES 2011 has what i've been dying for Konami to do for years. A return to being a proper football simulation; it has really surprised me to be honest. Yes, it doesn't have the licenses and that is a great shame; but there can be no other choice for the purist, this is how the game SHOULD be played. Sublime.