Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 PlayStation 3
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Released on 08/10/2010
The PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER franchise has long been regarded as offering incredible realism and control, however PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 will reinvigorate the series with the most advanced set of improved gameplay additions, control options and to catch up with the evolution of the real-life soccer. Central to its total freedom of play, PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 introduces a power bar for each player that allows the user to determine the exact strength and placement of every pass and shot. Balls can now be spread absolutely anywhere with surgical precision, with long balls into space, short passes to feet, and intricate one-twos allowing the player to dictate play and control the tempo of a match.
This freedom of play is also extended via new AI routines designed to place every move and decision into the player's hands. No longer will assisted AI intervene during matches; users will now need to sense and react to threats intuitively as opposed to chasing the ball; and passes will not automatically reach the nearest player. Instead, all-new routines facilitate complete control both of the player and their chosen actions in every respect to give the player sublime control over every movement.
Key to PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011's new approach is a specially designed control system that allows total control over every element of play. The triangulation of passes and making space using clever runs becomes paramount, and building up a play will pay massive dividends. Additionally, dribbling and close control are tougher to master, and the days of making streaking runs through the centre of the park are over, as PES mirrors the real-life soccer.
The result is the most complete and realistic PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER to date. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 delivers an evolved experience that still has the key PES ethos of skill and realism at its core, with every other aspect of the game being totally reworked as well.
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 also features a myriad of smaller additions, all designed to enhance the overall experience. The game's difficulty level has been upped thanks to the greater control on offer, while new camera angles showcase the game's stunning visuals and animation. Both referees and goal keepers have been improved in both aesthetic and AI terms, while an all-new commentary process has been implemented that offers a better and less repetitive overview of the proceedings.
The game will also see the return of Lionel Messi - arguably the greatest player in the modern game - as its cover star, and the expansion of its exclusive UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League elements, and the addition of the Copa Libertadores, South America's most influential and important club-based competition.
- Total Control: The PES Production team has enhanced the 360-degree passing ratio, offering unprecedented levels of control over every pass, shot, headed ball, throw-in and through ball. This allows users to pass the ball into space, and move their play with total freedom. Players must precisely weight their passes and second-guess the runs of their teammates and exploit their movement, while lofted through-balls have an all-new level of accuracy.
- Shot Stamina Gauge: In addition to the generic power gauge, the Shot Stamina meter details the player's exact level of fitness. Constantly sprinting will affect the player's movements and will have an adverse affect on his stats, with passes going awry and a loss of pace.
- New Defender AI: Players now also hold their positions naturally, no longer chasing any ball that enters their area; preferring to close down the attacker and force them into a mistake.
- Animation and Player Physics: The PES Production team has totally reworked every element of in-game animation. These additions will become clear before even kick-off, with the players enjoying fluid, natural movements, with more realistic acceleration and inertia than ever before. The physicality between players is also improved, which was a priority requested in PES forums. Jostling and blocking now looks stunning, while there is a larger variety of convincing tackling styles. Ambient animation also adds to the in-game atmosphere, as players adapt their running and movement styles in line with play.
- Speed of Play: The new level of control means that PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 enjoys a more considered pace of play, which varies dependent on situations. The game will burst into life as counter-attacks come into play, but players can dictate the pace via slow build up or exploiting available space to surge forward. It is harder to make long runs from midfield, and successful play will depend on making quick passes to make room.
- Improved Goalkeepers: In keeping with the basis of total freedom of movement, players now have more control over their 'keeper. This greater control allows for quick roll-outs, instinctive saves, pinpoint accuracy with goal kicks, and precision ball distribution to make quicker breaks or playing down the clock easier.
- Aesthetics: PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010 showcased the best likenesses in a soccer game, and PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 ups the ante further. Facial animation has been enhanced, but the key advances are over 1000 all-new animations which have been recreated from the ground up using over 100 hours of motion captured footage. Every aspect of player movement has been reworked, with more organic runs, turns, throw-ins, tackles, and interaction. The way players speed up and slow down is also more natural; while replays display elements of motion blur that bring your saved goals to vivid life.
- Tactics and Strategy: The sheer number of options available in the PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER series has established it as a remarkably flexible simulation, allowing players to stamp their playing style on each match. The PES Production team has implemented an all new 'Drag and Drop' mechanism that can be used in every aspect of team management, not just substitutions or formation changes. These settings are also animated to promote better understanding of the plays that have been altered.
- Feint Settings: PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER has always offered a wide range of subtle skills, feints and turns, but PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 allows users to map key skills to a specific control area, making them available via the second stick or via specific button presses, making them more accessible than ever before.
- Master League Online: Master League will offer an all-new challenge, as users are invited to try their hand against other managers online. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 will mark the online debut for its much-loved Master League element, with players bidding against each other for the world's best players, and attempting to build a squad that can compete with the best against online peers all over the globe.
Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer has achieved a social media milestone after racking up an impressive five million "Likes" on Facebook.
To celebrate the occasion, PES cover athlete and official spokesperson Cristiano Ronaldo has recorded a special message to the game's five million online fans.
Gamers who go to the page and view the video will even be able to enter a special competition to win one of five football shirts signed by the Portugal and Real Madrid superstar.
The game introduced a number of innovative new features to the classic formula, including improved AI and off-the-ball player control, as well as a wide variety of modes and options.
It has since also been released in an enhanced handheld edition on Nintendo 3DS.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 represents a rebirth for the long-running series, which has had to evolve in the face of a stiffer challenge from rival footy franchise FIFA over the past few years, and there's plenty on offer here to delight fans of the beautiful game.
For starters the presentation is much improved, from the crisp, uncluttered menus to the TV-style broadcast camera that relays the action. There are also 1000s of new animations created from some 100 hours of motion capture footage, so players realistically perform pre-match stretches, despair after wasting clear-cut chances, or tumble convincingly after being hacked down by over-zealous tacklers.
The biggest changes come on the pitch, where PES 2011 puts you in control of the action more than ever before.
The biggest changes come on the pitch, where PES 2011 puts you in control of the action more than ever before. What's great is that the ball never feels stuck to players or as if it's following a pre-determined flight path when you strike it. Player assistance has been toned down, meaning you have to work hard if you want to look good. It's something that's initially tough to get to grips with, but it looks great in motion and ultimately feels highly rewarding.
Freedom of control
PES 2011 features improved 360-degree controls and a new power gauge system which you'll have to master in order to dictate the direction, pace and weight of each stroke of the ball. Get lazy or misjudge the strength of a mid-range pass and it'll end up going astray. You'll definitely miss the odd pass to begin with, but the controls become natural and instinctive after a while on the training pitch and you'll soon find yourself lofting deliberate, defence-splitting through balls. Meanwhile, a neatly reworked skills system moves feints and step-overs to the right stick, and kindly lets you pre-program up to four moves for riding tackles and bamboozling defenders.
We've yet to score the same goal twice, despite repeated attempts.
Shooting is another art that doesn't come naturally at first - it takes practice to make the game beautiful, but it's extremely satisfying and feels genuinely unique when you do. The cheap goals scorable in older series entries, where you knew you'd succeed if you approached the opposition's goal from a certain angle, have been eradicated, meaning there are an infinite variety of goals to be scored. In fact, we've yet to score the same goal twice, despite repeated attempts.
Off the pitch, PES 2011's Master League is still the highlight, and thankfully the successful formula hasn't been tampered with much. It offers a deep level of control over the running and development of your club, from training and tactics to finances and transfers, and the addition of Online Master League adds a whole new competitive dynamic to the much-loved mode.
We do have a few niggles, such as the lack of some official licenses and the poor in-game commentary, but overall we're delighted with what's on offer in PES 2011. There's a reasonable learning curve in what initially turns out to be one of the franchise's most challenging games to date, but stick with it and it's also the most rewarding, representing a true return to form that will see the game challenging for top spot in the league this season.
- A major improvement on PES 2010.
- Master League, online and offline.
- An massive variety of passes and shots.
- Steepish learning curve.
- Poor commentary.
- Lack of many official licenses.
Freedom of play and total control are the buzz-phrases developer Konami has been kicking around for its upcoming football title and it’s evident they’re more than just marketing slogans as soon as the ref’s whistle blows and your first game of PES 2011 gets underway. The title features improved 360-degree controls and a new power gauge system, which combine to let you dictate the direction, pace and weight of each stroke of the ball.
The beautiful game
There’s definitely less computer assistance offered than there was in previous series entries, but the game does allow you some leeway with regards to where you point the analogue stick, meaning you’re unlikely to wildly misplace a ball unless your aim’s completely wonky. That said, it’s by no means generous, meaning sloppily aimed passes will end up at the feet of a team-mate other than the one you intended, or worse still, leave an unattended ball ideally situated for the opposition to snatch control of play.
Spot an attacker in space and you can loft a through-ball over the top manually, applying your own speed and trajectory for a defence splitting pass.
It currently seems more important to get the weight of each kick correct, because in this department the game’s less forgiving. It’s great when you get to grips with it, although that won’t happen for a good few matches – expect to over-hit crosses and balloon some shots into the stands during early games.
When you get the hang of it though it’s a rewarding system, and it’s probably most satisfying in practice when playing through balls. Spot an attacker in space and you can loft a through-ball over the top manually, applying your own speed and trajectory to generate a defence splitting pass.
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One thing that you’ll instantly appreciate is PES 2011’s much improved graphics. Player likenesses are spot on, while their general behaviour and reactions to refereeing decisions during cut scenes are much more realistic than before. This visual upgrade translates to the in-game animations, which have been impressively reworked, giving more variety to player movements and making gameplay feel more fluid and natural. A new feints and tricks system, which allows you to map fancy turns and flicks to the right stick, makes showboating more accessible and can look great in motion.
Player likenesses are spot on, while their general behaviour and reactions are much more realistic than before.
While the gameplay flows very nicely, the commentary fails to so do, meaning you’ll be subjected to some banal words from the robotic sounding men on the microphones. At times it’s laughable and makes you wish you could switch from TV commentary to alternative radio analysis like the BBC lets you do when watching matches. Goalies can still be pretty erratic too, seemingly affected by occasional bouts of keeper craziness, although hopefully this will be ironed out before release.
Konami seems to be taking a major step in the right direction with PES 2011 and we’re hopeful the title will mark a return to form after a couple of years when the franchise has failed to move with the times as much as rival series FIFA. What we’ve seen so far in terms of gameplay and visual improvements is highly promising, even if some areas still need a bit of fine tuning.
What makes the game an even more tantalising prospect is some of the elements we’ve yet to experience first hand. The thing we’re most excited to try out is the new Online Master League mode. This will let you pit your wits and skills against other managers, bidding against each other for the best players as you attempt to build a squad capable of taking on the world’s top gamers online. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to the new season kicking off.
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Freedom of play and total control are the buzz-phrases developer Konami has been kicking…Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 User ReviewsTop review1 year agogood but could be betterPES 2011 is a very good game as it has the Champions league included in it and is an enjoyable game to play however the bad point is the passing and gameplay in my opinion is not as good as fifa but if your a Hardcore PES fan then you will have this in your collection!1 year agopes 2011great game but prefer ffifa 2011 the best.2 years agoPro Evolution Soccer 2011THIS IS IT!!! Buy no other footy game apart from this!!!... Fifa has been pushed aside with an agressive shunt from this new title. Konami is back and in GREAT form... The graphics are top notch, however it is the physics that are unreal!!! Far more realistic than the latest EA Fifa 11... Deffinately more challenging and ineed of a much more strategic approach. Online is were the game shines... Far better than Fifa with fewer bugs and niggles... GO TO THE SHOP, REACH FOR THIS TITLE ON THE SHELF... WALK OVER TO THE CASHIER AND PARTAKE IN MONEY EXCHANGE... GET YOURSELF HOME AND GET STUCK IN !!!... Please invest time in this title as it truly deserves your attention and hard earned cash... 10/102 years agoPro Evolution Soccer 2011normally, those people who didn't liked this new pes are the guys who's losing to anyone. i've played the demo, i've already buy one and now i'm only waiting the post office to send it to my house.2 years agoPro Evolution Soccer 2011Pro is backkkk and back with a bang and in my personal opinion is better than FIFA 11 this year. Nothing beats PES 2011 game play with its amazing dribbling and graphics, i can't stop scoring lol. I absolutely love this game however i give it a 9/10. PES 2011 would of got a 10/10 if it was fully licensed- out of sight.. out of mind.. u cant miss what you dont have in the first place. PES is the best football game ever, period. R u dizzy bludConfiguring your price alert
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