Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3DS
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 Product Details
Released on TBC-2012
Three key elements form the basis of PES 2013's innovations, with all new additions falling within the fields of PES FullControl, Player ID, and ProActive AI.
• Total Freedom of Control: Pro Evolution Soccer introduced the concept of freedom of movement, the new 'PES FC' in PES 2013 goes further with total freedom over ball control.
• Dynamic First Touch: PES 2013 introduces subtle ways to receive the ball, from traps, gently lifting it past an attacker to run on to or a variety of other moves. First touch is everything and players can trap the ball using the R2 button, killing the speed of a well-hit pass and bringing it instantly under control, or using the momentum of the pass to turn a defender.
• Full Manual Shooting and Full Manual Passing: PES 2013 offers fully manual passing and for the first time ever manual shooting, allowing users to determine the height and power of each. Long low passes can be sent skimming across the pitch, while shooting the user has total control over where the shot is placed. Skill and precision are needed to master these, but passes can be made into open areas, allowing lone strikers to thrive, while offering an unrivalled variety in ways to score.
• Dribbling: The speed with which a player moves with the ball has been slowed in line with real matches, but using R2 allows players to add various styles to their close control. Players can vary the speed of their dribbling, and cushion the ball as they move freely within a 360-degree circle. The new system allows players to knock a ball past a player and collect it, nutmeg them, or hold up play by shielding the ball as team mates find space and make runs.
• Full Manual One-Two: Active one-two passes can be made, with the second player being moved in any direction), facilitating various tactical movements.
• Response Defending: Countering the attacking options the new dribbling system offers, is a beautifully-balanced defence system. Players can use R2 and X to slow an attack, with a double-tap of the X button prompting a perfectly-timed challenge. Full 360-degree control means that players can check runs and steal the ball from a parallel position, while the individuality element will see world renowned defenders using aerial dominance of physicality to win the ball.
• Goalkeepers: Even the game's 'keepers benefit from more control, while their distribution is more precise thanks to the addition of a power gauge when they throw the ball, creating opportunities for new, quicker counter attacks.
• Player Individuality: The very best players in PES 2013 will be instantly recognisable via incredible likeness and signature attributes, skills and tricks that bring them to life. The way they run, turn, trap and move the ball, shape to shoot and even celebrate will be noticeably different during play..
• Individuality to Goalkeepers: The individuality of movement has also been extended to between the posts. Goal keeping has been totally invigorated via new animations and play styles. New varieties of saves and reactions have been added to ensure the game's 'keepers are in line with the efforts of real shot stoppers. This level of realism also extends to the game's top-rated goal keepers, with their moves to close attacks down, fling themselves to tip a shot past the post, and in-goal acrobatics benefiting from all new animations and AI.
• Balance of Play: The development team has worked closely with the PES fan base to eradicate any illogical elements to the way players move and run in PES 2013, with the 'ProActive AI' system enhancing the speed and balance resulting in a more realistic game experience.
• Tactical Precision: The balance of play has also been enhanced in the play between defences and the front line, with greater organisation as the teams track back or pelt forward, setting a harder to beat defensive line, teams adjusting faster to ball gain or loss, allowing for quicker counters.
• Enhanced Goalkeepers: Improvements to the goal keepers was voted the key advancement football fans wanted to see in PES 2013, and the team has worked hard with real keepers to ensure the AI decision process has been vastly improved. Keepers now espond with better reactions, clear their lines more effectively and push the ball savely out of play rather than into dangerous areas.
There's no denying that Pro Evolution Soccer has lost the football gaming crown to FIFA this console generation in terms of sales, and even many ardent supporters of Konami's series admit it has fallen short of its rival in the quality stakes too. But an opponent can be most dangerous when they're at rock bottom, while a dominant force can become susceptible to complacency and being hit on the counter attack. Perhaps with that in mind, Konami is going all out with PES 2013 in a bid to steal back some glory from FIFA before the expected launch of next generation consoles next year.
A recent first showing of PES 2013 in Brazil left attendees excited by the game's potential to mount a comeback thanks to significant gameplay changes, a slower, more considered pace to matches and a number of risky control introductions that promise to offer unpredictable but potentially mouth-watering results. Konami presented its PES 2013 feature additions in the form of a number of key pillars, the most significant of which is dubbed Full Control.
This allows players to have a greater say on how matches play out in a number of ways. They can choose to activate completely manual shooting and passing, enabling them to determine the height and power of each. Of course, assisted shooting and passing are still an option for newer players, who'll be able to graduate to unassisted controls as they grow more confident.
Konami is still working out how best to implement full manual shooting, but using it in its current form lets players pull off some ridiculous, unpredictable strikes, with curl and brutal deflections contributing heavily - sometimes realism is achieved in capturing the unpredictability of real-world football.
PES 2013 also introduces subtle new ways to receive the ball and perform first touches, from trapping a well-hit pass with the R2 button, killing the speed of it and instantly bringing it under control, to using the momentum of a pass to turn a defender with a well-timed flick of the ball into space. Of course, if you're control is awry or badly timed, the ball will bounce or speed ahead of your player, making it simple for defenders to clean up and start a counter attack.
While wing-wizards and attacking specialists like Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo still have the ability to dazzle opponents with mazy dribbles, the general speed with which players move with the ball has been slowed in line with real matches. Attacking players now display improved close control and accuracy in confined spaces, with the ability to make tighter touches when under pressure, and perform little heel taps and ball rolls that not only feel great when teasing an opponent but also look fantastic thanks to a brand new roster of player animations.
Holding the line
Countering the wealth of new attacking options are more reactive defenders and improved goalkeepers. Defensive lines are more fluid, pushing further up the pitch when their team is under pressure in a bid to block off potential avenues of attack and take advantage of space, instead of simply camping in front of the goalkeeper as they did too often in last year's game.
Players can also slow attacks by holding down the tackle button to harry opponents, while a double-tap of the same button prompts the defender to dive in with a leg in an attempt to make a last ditch clearance. Time it well and it can be a life-saver, but judge it poorly and you're likely to give away a free-kick or be made to look silly when your opponent hops over your desperate lunge. Goalkeepers also look better and act more realistically this year while benefitting from greater control, such as more precise distribution afforded by the introduction of a power gauge when they throw the ball, helping create opportunities for quicker counter attacks.
Players now look and act more like their real-life counterparts too. Perfectly recreating Ronaldo's free-kick stance or Yaye Toure's leggy runs is a claim PES and FIFA games seem to make each year, but PES 2013 appears to be making more of an effort than previous versions. A presentation video clearly captured the running style and shooting posture of Ronaldo, as well as Neymar's teasing stepovers and even John Terry's attempted superman headed clearance from the England vs. Slovenia game at the 2010 World Cup.
Overall PES 2013's slower pace fits well with the introduction of manual passing and shooting controls, as well as the new focus on first touches, which combine to result in a more tactical game. The new additions can take a little getting used to, but with a little practice they can result in wonderful passing moves, blistering shots, last-gasp defensive heroics and plenty of realistic if unexpected outcomes. The virtual football season has yet to begin, but on this early evidence we're fairly confident it promises to produce a closer battle between PES and FIFA than it has over the last few years.
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before. FIFA may be the undisputed king of the football sim, a position it's held for much of this generation, but this year it's going to be different. This year its arch-rival Pro Evolution Soccer is finally going to make good on its promises, and is finally going to find its glory days restored, the slick, organic football that helped make its name back and more brilliant than ever before.
It's a cliché that's becoming as well-worn as any other in the game: football's a game of two halves; there are no easy games; for a big lad he's good with his feet and, yes, Pro Evolution Soccer will be great again this year.
The Boy Done Good
But, truthfully and honestly, this might be the year when the premonition that's always wheeled out at this early stage may well come to pass. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is looking fantastic - and right now it's looking good to nose ahead of this year's model from EA Sports, FIFA 13.
If you've been following both games over the past couple of years, and charting their relative progress, that likely won't come as a surprise. Yes, FIFA's been dominant and last year's instalment can claim to have been the very best, but while it's been slowly crafting a studied and measured take on the sport, Konami's been pursuing its own, more dynamic path.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 played a game of football in which the ball itself felt like it had been greased, slipping through the air with a heady pace, and opening up matches in a manner that felt, quite frankly, more in tune with a video game.
The Beautiful Game
For Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 the pace has been slowed down somewhat, resulting in a more realistic game of football, but what remains is the giddy sense of action, fun and of a dynamism and unpredictability that FIFA can't quite match.
The appeal of the original Pro Evolution Soccer games was always that it felt like anything could happen, that with a little luck and a lot of skill a goal could come from anywhere on the pitch. That feeling returns in abundance in Pro Evolution Soccer 2013.
So how has this happened? There are a couple of features at the heart of the new Pro Evolution Soccer that bring all of this to pass, the most influential of which being Player ID and Pro-Active AI.
Players with Personality
Player ID pays close attention to the movement and characteristics of real-life players and translates it to the virtual pitch. Ronaldo's tippy-tappy runs are in there, as is his irritatingly arrogant stance when taking a free kick.
Elsewhere Messi's messianic skills have been captured and ported across, Robben's runs that make him look like a camp penguin are also in, and Terry's defensive dives make a hilarious appearance. There are over 50 players that have been mapped like this, and across the board it gives Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 a personality of its own.
Dynamic First Touch means you can make the most of the skills, allowing you to trap incoming balls or to flick them past defenders. Finally, Pro-Active AI helps give you the options once a defence has been skinned, ensuring that computer-controlled players now make better use of space, making the runs that previously you'd be screaming at the television for them to do.
They're the headline changes, but it's how they work in tandem with the commendable progress that Pro Evolution Soccer has made since its dalliance with mediocrity a couple of years back that threaten to make this year's game the best in class. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 plays dynamic, flair football that's absolutely brimming with character - and trust us when we say that this really could be its year.
Konami's resurgent football game, Pro Evolution Soccer, has gone all out this year to topple the reigning footy game champ, EA Sports' FIFA, and it's just announced that a hefty 150 real life teams will be recreated in the latest version.
Clubs including Manchester United, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, AEK Athens, Galatasaray Istanbul, Shahktar Donetsk, FC Kopenhagen, Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, RSC Anderlecht, Dinamo Kyiv and Dinamo Zagreb have all signed up to feature in the game. They'll be joined by seventeen national teams, including England, Italy, Germany and France.
Konami has also renewed its arrangement with UEFA, ensuring that the Champions League and UEFA Europa League will feature exclusively in PES 2013. For fans of European footy, the entire Spanish league will be represented as will every club in Italy's Serie A.
PES 2013 kicks off later this year for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It boasts a host of new features under the banner of PES Full Control, including greater manual ball control and improved AI for players off the ball.
Pro Evolution Soccer, once the king of the football gaming genre, has fallen behind rival series FIFA during the current console generation, both in terms of sales and critical acclaim. But while developer Konami has struggled to close the gap on the new table topper over the past few years, PES 2013 succeeds where past efforts have failed, meaning football fans should have a really tough time choosing their side in the latest round of the annual PES versus FIFA battle.
Crucial to this year's resurgence are greatly improved player control options which open up new ways to approach both attack and defence. Dribbling feels more precise thanks to a refined close control system that allows players to manoeuvre the ball at their feet in confined spaces.
New ways to receive the ball and perform first touches, such as trapping a pass to instantly bring it under control, and using the momentum of a pass to flick the ball into space and buy yourself an extra yard, also make for a more lifelike simulation once you get the hang of them.
Spend a bit of time with the game and you'll soon be shimmying past and sidestepping defenders, or performing little heel taps and ball rolls to bamboozle opponents on your way to their goal. Even fancier moves and flourishes can be honed on the practice pitch, which gives you scope for exhilarating individual flair.
Passing and shooting have been improved too. The power gauges are easier to judge, while a manual passing and shooting mechanism lets you determine the trajectory of individual ball strikes. Assisted shooting and passing are still an option, but the extra level of control manual affords you feels really satisfying once you master it.
Countering all the attacking wizardry at your fingertips is a new defensive system. Holding one of the controller's face buttons sees you approach and shadow an opponent in a bid to contain them, before double tapping the same button to put in a challenge. It's a great way to apply pressure, but you can be outwitted if you dally or the opponent pulls off a skill move.
Holding a combination of one face and one shoulder button also lets you instruct the player you're controlling or a team-mate to rush towards the ball possessor and attempt a tackle, but manual tackles performed without using any kind of player lock-on offer the highest success rate. You have to time them yourself, and sliding ones are particularly risky, but they're all the more satisfying when you steal possession.
Back On Form
PES 2013 features an impressive range of game modes to accommodate all types of football fans, from those simply interested in quick online or offline matches, to those who want to take a more hands-on approach to team matters and off the field affairs. This could involve guiding a custom created player on a journey from novice to superstar in Become a Legend mode, or taking control of a team and buying, selling, training and playing your way to the top of world football in Master League.
For all its improvements, PES 2013 isn't perfect. A few niggles remain, such as the lack of numerous official licenses, as well as uninspired commentary and crowd effects, but it does do the important things right. Overall it offers a fantastic game of virtual football which is arguably the finest PES experience yet on PS3 and Xbox 360 and a genuinely worthwhile alternative to FIFA.
- Loads of gameplay improvements.
- Game modes to suit all types of players.
- Lovely graphics for the most part.
- Lack of numerous official licenses.
- Commentary could be better.
- Master League presentation is too similar to PES 2012's.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 - Preview (15/06/2012)
There's no denying that Pro Evolution Soccer has lost the football gaming crown this console generation. Perhaps with that in mind, Konami is going all out with PES 2013 in a bid to steal back some gl…
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 plays dynamic, flair football that's absolutely brimming with character - and trust us when we say that this really could be its year.…
PES 2013 will feature 150 licensed te… (20/08/2012)
Konami's resurgent football game, Pro Evolution Soccer, has gone all out this year to topple the reigning footy game champ, EA Sports' FIFA, and it's just announced that a hefty 150 real life teams wi…
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 - Review (20/09/2012)
PES 2013 succeeds where past efforts have failed, meaning football fans should have a really tough time choosing their side in the latest round of the annual PES versus FIFA battle.…
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