Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PC DVD)
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista
- 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
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
Top customer reviews
Smoother animations, better controls.
Still needs some work, passing controls are still awful and new manual control is also terrible
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.
The player and team individuality is as usual pretty damn good. Messi plays like Messi and Peter Crouch plays like Peter Crouch, Barca to Stoke they all play true to life complete with strengths and their weaknesses. Player likeness is excellent it must be said, the higher profile players all look like they were plucked from real life and inserted into the game - they don't look waxy or an approximation of - Lampard *IS* Lampard, Torres *is* Torres etc.
This game is frighteningly addictive much like the PES of old used to be in the PS2 days. Especially 2 player. The game plays at a variable pace depending on how you like to play, and the gameplay is completely unpredictable - it's not a game about getting into certain angles and having 'sweet spot' shots and score practically every time nor is it a game where 1 tactic and 1 way of playing will work. This is a game where you have to actually play football and earn your goals. But therein lays the beauty: Because you earn your goals they mean more and feel excellent to score. Another thing is that much like in real life is that often times there's a lot of single goal wins,losses and draws there aren't too many high scoring matches. Some might find this boring but for me it's true to life and as I said when a goal goes in you feel like you earned it. And you can score some beauties in Pro Evo that have grown men parading around the room bellowing at the top of their lungs - never has any other game done that. And that is the essence of PES. And PES 2013.
That's the good.
This is the bad.
Do I state licenses as a bad thing? It's always been the case but nowadays is an instant gratification era so lack of Premiership licensing is an issue especially if you can't be bothered to install an option file to correct this.
But the real bad thing now is this engine that they've been using this gen. It's basically a PS2 engine and it's completely poor in every way in terms of presentation. Commentary is poor. Atmosphere is poor. The game basically reminds you more of the English lower leagues rather than the snazzy Sky Sports esque job that Fifa does with it's engine. But there lays a point, you can tell a lot from PES and Fifa from their respective engines - Fifa is all snazz and decent gameplay (even though it's not my cup of tea) whereas on the surface PES looks poor but plays really well with lots of hidden depth. It's a game which is somewhat difficult to play well because one thing it demands of you is time and patience. But stick with it and a real gem of a game reveals itself!
If you appreciate football and you want a fulfilling game on the pitch, and you're willing to have the patience to learn the intricacies of the game and load an option file in then you should give PES 2013 a try you might be surprised.
PES is back this year! But next year....is going to be a monster - new engine, not just any either but PES 2014 is going to be using the Fox engine! Google it if you haven't.
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