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Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PC DVD)
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- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: DVD-ROM
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With the game tied at zero, minimal time remaining on the clock and the crowd going crazy, you know what your team needs to make a stop here. As the visiting squad, you're in hostile territory and you know the only thing better than leaving this stadium — is leaving with a victory. Thinking he's caught the defense napping, the opposing forward makes a pass into a tight fit only to have it go your way. The defender stops the pass and immediately outlets it to you. You sprint up the sidelines, dribbling left and right, avoiding defenders. Your winger sprints on the opposite side of the field — it's two on one. The goalie comes out to meet you just as the ball leaves your foot and soars through the air toward your teammate. He jumps up and his head connects squarely with the ball — as the energetic crowd goes silent.
Kick off for thrilling soccer matches on the pitch with PES 2013: Pro Evolution Soccer. Experience the excitement and heart-racing action of the world's most popular sport on your PlayStation 3. Jump onto the pitch and compete against some of the top players in the sport thanks to the inclusion of the UEFA Champion's League and Copa Santander Libertadores. Vie for glory against many of soccer's prolific personalities with the lifelike player models that have been upgraded to feature movements to appear more like the real-life players. Dribble and pass with more freedom than ever, and go up against top goalkeepers that are more true-to-life than ever before with improved animations, logic and responses. Take advantage of precise offensive and defensive controls to fire electric shots, execute pinpoint passes or to sway the momentum with strategic defensive stops and turnovers. Connect to and interact with other players thanks to the enhanced MyPES platform that links all online and offline gamers. At kickoff, do you want to be standing on the sidelines, or dominating the pitch?
- Immerse yourself in the action with player model upgrades that feature movements and appearances based on their real-life counterparts
- Run out on the pitch alongside some of the world's greatest soccer players in the latest installment to the explosive Pro Evolution Soccer franchise
- Feel the electricity of the stadium come alive as you immerse yourself in the excitement of soccer
- Execute pinpoint passes, deadly accurate shots and strategically trap the ball to create flowing movement and force your opponents into turnovers with precise offensive and defensive controls
- Dominate the field as you dribble and pass with more freedom than ever thanks to Full Control
- Enjoy refined team and player decisions and movement with ProActive AI that creates more realism and control
- Go up against top goalkeepers with improved logic and animations for a true-to-life experience that's based on the moves and reactions of real goalkeepers
- Enjoy full social integration with the enhanced MyPES platform that allows all online and offline gamers to connect and interact with one another in real-time game sessions
- Compete against some of the best players on the planet in the UEFA Champion's League and Copa Santander Libertadores
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The emphasis in defending has been changed from chasing players down while holding X (A on a 360 pad, but I've been playing Pro Evo for over 10 years, so I always think of it in terms of Playstation controls) to a more realistic system of positional containment. In other words, it's more effective to create ambushes, intercept passes, and hold attackers up than to run in an tackle them directly. I was worried this would ruin the feel of the game, yet I feel it adds a depth that was lacking in previous years.
In general, PES2013 feels smoother. The passing feels natural and the runs the players make seem to be more realistic, which leads to more realistic and fun passages of play. Importantly, I think the ball physics have been changed to make long passes a more viable tool: they whip through the air now rather than being lofted with the floater-physics of yesteryear.
While the graphics engine is the same as last year, I've been noticing a greater variety of player animations than before. Keepers look less wooden, while many star players have their own custom animations. PES has always had certain signature moves attached to players, such as Ronaldinho with his elastico, or Raul with his special 180 turn - it seems more prevalent in 2013, though. One of the little things I noticed is that the real Ronaldo (the Brazilian, included as a classic player) has the same little hop to escape sliding tackles that he had back in the earliest days of PES.
The PESedit patch is already out, and fixes many of the incorrect player names and transfer information that the game ships with. Patches are always the strong point of the PC version and I'm looking forward to seeing what the community comes up with. Top of the list has to be the inclusion of Aberdeen FC, somehow.
While the Masterleague is still the premier singleplayer mode in football gaming, it hasn't seem much evolution this year. The menus are almost identical, meaning that the presentation is flabby and slow to navigate. The only addition I've noticed so far is that players can be equipped with boots and 'items' which can be bought using points earned from playing games (the same points you can use to buy hairstyles etc). These seem to give decent bonuses, but I haven't found enough to really notice a difference. It seems like the tedious training mechanic has been greatly simplified, however.
The engine is really creaking. The textures are, as ever, quite good, and the player likenesses are decent, but I honestly can't wait for Konami to give the whole thing an overhaul. It'll be extremely interesting to see what the next generation PES looks like.
If you're a Pro Evo fan like I am, you've probably already bought this. It's a definite improvement to 2012 and is easily the best iteration of this generation. How does it stack up to FIFA? It always comes down to what you want. FIFA has the licenses and the bombast; Pro Evo has the Master League and that difficult-to-define 'feel' that sets it apart.
There is a sense of freedom to this game on the ball and an unpredictability to the matches that get you really immersed in the action. I do own FIFA 12 (and have tried the FIFA 13 demo on the PC) and still enjoy playing it but there is an automated feel to building up attacks and all too often you know when shooting from certain angles with a certain degree of power you'll score, regardless of the quality of opponent. Pro Evo is nothing like this. When you play lowly teams in the cup for instance, you'll notice the significant gulf in class between the teams and you feel as if you're a yard quicker to every loose ball and the first touch of the opponents is sloppy. In general, there are more possibilities when going forward and the opponents find different ways to attack and exploit your weaknesses which makes playing against the AI far more engaging and fun.
I haven't explored all the different modes available as of yet but I am a little way into my master league and there are some sour points. You'll soon find yourself in sort of cup competition which is like a cross between the league cup and the FA cup and playing against made up lower league teams (with ridiculous player names), this does make me cringe a bit but in general the quality of game-play soon makes you forgot about the licensing issue. The transfer system is pretty poor, as far as I know you're unable to negotiate transfers yourself and you basically say who you'd want and then it's a waiting to game to see if the move is possible. Not the kind of involvement you get with FIFA in career modes and it is disappointing but again I think it's only a minor drawback.
To summarise then...
Considering the price is just over £20 and graphically the game looks great and runs really well on the PC, I'd strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a football game and is after something a bit different from that stiff, predictable gameplay experience you get with the FIFA games. You're unlikely to be disappointed.
How anyone could say this represents a gamers passtime and still enjoy it beggars belief. Poor graphics, poor gameplay etc...etc...This seriously has to be given an upgrade and no doubt will in next years version but it has fallen so far behind FIFA that I cannot see EA quaking in their development bubble.
Just read the product description then play the game. Complete tosh. Desriptive words don't make a game any good. Its the quality of the programming etc that counts. Poor does not fully describe matters overall.
Konami should be ashamed of themselves.
To cut a ramble short I think OFT should get involved and ban developers who seem to think that creating poor second quality gaming platforms is sure bet to ripping people off. Rant ends.
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