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This review is from: Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Pro Evo 2010 is a huge improvement on the previous two disappointing editions. Pro Evo 2009 was a very frustrating game, too many bugs and bad AI meant I could't enjoy playing it single player. Comparatively Pro Ev0 2010 plays like a dream, furthermore this is the first Pro Evo in a three years that actually has a new learning curve. It is difficult at first which shows that it has been tweaked and improved and now requires new skills.
The first most obvious improvement are the graphics which are the best in any football game there has ever been, the players' faces often look uncannily like their real life counterparts. Zoom in on Wayne Rooney after a goal and you will see how fantastic the graphics really are. The players move like their real life counterparts too and it adds a great feeling of authenticity. The stadiums look fantastic and there are plenty to choose from including, thankfully, Old Trafford which is finally back in the game.
Another noticeable improvement is that the game has been slowed down somewhat, taking way the excessively arcadey 'running on rails' pace of the previous two games. Passing has been tweaked slightly and the ball is now more difficult to control, so you may lose the ball or let it run off the pitch a few times while you get used to it. You can use the defenders physicality to your advantage more, which is more realistic and makes the game more challenging. It is not longer so easy to run through a whole team like a bull as Wayne Rooney, or dribble your way through an entire defence as Messi or Ronaldo. It can be done of course, but not at an unrealistic rate, the game now demands more of you, more skill and concentration.
Teamvision 2.0 brings a far better artificial intelligence to the game, the players improved movement now means you can rely on your AI team-mates to make good runs allowing for some sublime attacking play; likewise defending is no longer so frustrating. The computer doesn't force you to hack an opponent down from behind any more, your defender don't wander inexplicably half as much as in 2009. I now enjoy playing single player again and it can be challenging and immensely satisfying. I love the new 'gameplan' system which allows you customise your players approach to the game meticulously with a series of sliders, you really see this take effect on the pitch. The players' 'natural abilities' are now governed by a card system which is another excellent feature which allows for a more tactical approach.
The Master league has had a much needed overhaul and is the deepest for many years. You now have a youth team to nurture, sponsors to appease, customisable training and coaches and real currency to spend. They have gone all out with the Champions League presentation this year and it feels very authentic, this game mode is very involving and its great that it's now available in Master League.
Of course there are still faults in any game and I should mention these. The commentary is absolutely abysmal, laughable infact, it is completely unacceptable and there is no excuse. Hear the commentary in FIFA or FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4 and you'll know that good commentary is possible. The voice acting is awful, the script a joke and it is about time it was improved. As ever it would be nice if they could get more team licences in the game, there are simply not enough, even just the big four in the premier league would be nice.
Overall though I'm very pleased with pro Evo 2010, the gameplay is so fluid, fun and satisfying and this edition is a huge improvement on the poor efforts of recent years. A step in the right direction!