GAMESCOM 2012 PREVIEW: PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013
Playdevil spent a few frantic days in Cologne checking out all of the latest titles at Gamescom 2012. Here's another preview hot off the press!
Posted by PlayDevil.com Staff on Aug 23, 2012 13:53 (Aug 23, 2012 13:53)
Written by: PlayDevil.com Staff
Gamescom 2012 Preview: Pro Evolution Soccer 2013:
There are a great many things I can speak with authority on, and a great many games with I am experienced… any thing football related describes neither of these. Thus my two player demonstration of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 with Konami’s PR proved a little embracing, especially after saying “yes, I’m familiar with the series”, while failing to mention my knowledge was nearly all theoretical as opposed to hands on.
On the plus side I could honestly report that PES is indeed my soccer title of choice. Since the International Superstar Soccer days Konami’s franchise has consistently been the superior title, and while the last few years has seen FIFA (reportedly) edge ahead, PES has kicked back hard and the fight is now once again balanced.
My over whelming impression while playing PES 2013 (bar my acute embarrassment) was improved it was since I last played the 2010 edition. On the ball control (their ‘Full Control’ system) feels natural, with a range of first touch and one-two options that allow for a responsive, fluid play style. Granted I only managed this once or twice, but when I did the results of placing a long through ball off a first touch was rewarding.
Player animation also looked far better than when I last visited a football game. Taking a number of key players (including cover star Cristiano Ronaldo) and meticulously animating them from footage certainly seems to have paid off. With strikers to goalkeepers all given this fantastic attention to detail, the onscreen action becomes all the more engrossing. The player AI also helped this doing a great job anticipating where I wanted them, even if I constantly failed to place the ball at their feet.
One question I did ask while having my arse unceremoniously handed to me, was about the (to me inaudible) commentary. Jon Champion and James Martin are to continue their inclusion in the series. Though this news in itself did little to excite, the idea I did find fascinating was how previous commentary has been retained in an audio library and will be built on with this year’s new dialogue. How successful this will be with tonal inconsistencies between year’s remains to be seen, but the ever increasing volume of voice work will insure that players won’t bore of them too quickly from repetition.
PES 2013 was exciting to play, and could convince me to pick up another football game again soon. It may not be this year though; as with the news the Fox Engine will be used in PES 2014 I will probability wait another year before parting with my money. For those more attached to the beautiful game however, 2013 could well be the year PES once again asserts its dominance at the top of the table.