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Best of recent years, but........
on 24 October 2009
EDIT FOLLOWING EXTENSIVE PLAY - Unfortunately PES 2010 has a massive glitch, and it's where fouls are concerned. You can be brought down in atrocious ways with no fouls given, and yes, that also means that when in the box you can be practically murdered and play just carries on!!
To add insult to the many injuries, you only have to nudge a computerised player and fouls are given no problem.
Once I realised this was happening on a regular basis it has become a huge annoyance and detracts from the enjoyment of the game. How Konami managed to release the game in this form I don't know, but when coupled with the other classic PES annoyances, I can only see me finally making the switch to FIFA next year. Sad, but inevitable I think........
Pes 2010 has taken a lot of harsh criticism in magazines and online, but even with FIFA seemingly basking in glory this year, I still couldn't bring myself to make the switch.
I've been loyal to PES since the original Playstation days, it's simply always had a better feel for control and the game of football itself.
I think many people are knocking PES this time around just because it's become the done thing over the last couple of years. The demo felt really promising to me and I noticed various enhancements immediately. Control is sharper and more responsive, with the horribly frustrating occasional delay in passing pretty much ironed out.
The physics are really spot on this time creating many more random events like loose balls, players stumbling, deflections and most importantly - many more ways to score.
Players seem capable of attempting shots from all sorts of angles and with realistic execution, instead of in previous games where they would often just hammer a shot, usually with their wrong foot, to find it saved by an over agile keeper or blasting wide.
This really is satisfying and adds to the authenticity of the experience for 2010.
I'm no Master League player, preferring to play the League/Cup/Champions League sections of the game, and I understand their are issues with Master League this time, so if you're the type to plunge straight into ML it's worth considering the annoyances claimed.
Speaking of annoyances, I've encountered some ref's of questionably talent when playing on Professional level and above. I've had goals disallowed for offside that were massively onside, fouls not given, penalties not given, and red cards where yellow would have been harsh. These factors seem unbalanced with previous years' games, but maybe I've just been unlucky. Some would call bad decisions more realistic I guess!
Online things seem much slicker with less lag and easier match making. Again this is an area I don't spend much time on.
Presentation is great, with a graphic overhaul providing the most likelike players to date and stadiums that look fantastic.
There's nothing revolutionary about PES 2010, and it can't be long until people will want to be seeing new ideas for it to keep up with Fifa's increasing popularity, but what there is here is the most playable PES to date, and if you're a loyal fan that makes it a must buy.