(http://www.konami.com/pes2010) Rated E for everyone. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PES 2010) is one of the most realistic soccer experiences you don’t want to miss. Known as the famous Winning Eleven series in Japan, PES 2010 continues to deliver a sport game that does not disappoint you. With its much improved online mode, Master League mode with Champions League integration, excellent players’ likenesses, and the same old-fashion realistic gameplay, PES plays a good game of soccer or perhaps, football in the international way.

(http://www.konami.com/pes2010) Rated E for everyone. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PES 2010) is one of the most realistic soccer experiences you don’t want to miss. Known as the famous Winning Eleven series in Japan, PES 2010 continues to deliver a sport game that does not disappoint you. With its much improved online mode, Master League mode with Champions League integration, excellent players’ likenesses, and the same old-fashion realistic gameplay, PES plays a good game of soccer or perhaps, football in the international way.

Presentation:

PES 2010’s presentation has improved dramatically with its smoother navigation and an aesthetically pleasing magazine-style menu system. Players are sculptured with maximum details from their face to their uniforms. Models of athletes all look great and so do the stadiums. Also, the Master League has added a few presentational upgrades that make it more conducive to having an enjoyable experience. In this version of the game, you will feel like you are actually managing the soccer club.

 

Graphics:

PES 2010’s biggest improvement is in its visuals. Players look fantastic and resemble their real life counterparts much closer than other sports games. The overall look is fluid and the details on the field are kept at a high level. Animation works are also solid and look incredibly slicked while the transitions between moves are sharp. The shots of the teams and the stadium before the match are able to build to the anticipating energy of each game. Everything contributes in some degree of realism to the overall gaming experience. This is one of the reasons that will keep you coming back for more.

Sounds:

The sounds of the crowd are also solid. They rise and fall at the appropriate times during a match. The commentary is the same as the previous edition, but I wish it could have been improved. It does have a tendency to be inaccurate and sometimes are quite repetitive. However, I would say the overall audio experience certainly adds to overall excitement rather than act as a distraction.

 

Gameplay:

It all starts with the frame rate. I am very glad that Konami has put a lot of work in improving it. After some seriously flawed experiences over the last couple of years, the game makes significant ground in bringing the series up to this generation’s speed. Right now, all of a sudden your passing feels a lot crisper and the entire experience is completed.

Besides, the A.I. is more intelligent and responsive. Midfielders and defenders are more inclined to protect open areas, making it a little harder, but a lot more rewarding to work for a goal. There’s also more control on free kicks and penalties as well. Referees and goalkeepers seem to be less prone to random acts of stupidity as well. There is also a special feature, which you can manually control your goalkeeper. In general the players feel a bit weightier in your hands. It is more realistic. Moreover, the speed has been reduced to make the game feel more like a simulation. The addition of the 360 degree control of dribbling, certainly lends the game an added layer of fluidity.

Though lacking of any gameplay changes, it is home to the UEFA Champions integration. The UEFA Champions League comes with a few nice elements of pageantry with cinematic playing before the contest’s biggest games. You’ll also find the Europe League making its way into Pro Evolution Soccer series. I hope Konami could somehow find a way to add more licenses and leagues into these games.

Innovation:

The major new game mode this year is Community. This mode allows you to start a Pro Evolution party for up to 32 players and then play out cup and league competitions. You can opt for either one-on-one play or have multiple players on each side, all while keeping track of individual performances.

 

Longevity:

Other game modes are similar to pervious titles in the series that you have probably seen before. There’s Master League, League Cup and Online play along with the standard Exhibition Mode. Master League as a whole does a good job of delivering the feel of managing a major soccer club. I also believe you will be thankful for its considerable depth after playing for months.

A lot of work has gone into lifting PES’s game for the 2010 edition. To stay competition with FIFA series, PES has a much smoother online gaming experience now. The online play has been improved quite a bit from what it used to be. You can now compete against another player, do two-on-two or take your created legend and bring him online. The lag has improved drastically and is considerably better than last year’s title. Still, I strongly believe this game is most enjoyable with a friend on the couch like the previous installments.

Conclusion:

If you like Pro Evolution Soccer five years ago, you will feel right at home with the 2010 version. It has a much superior visualization in the menu system from top to bottom. The frame-rate is greatly improved throughout. Also, there has been a drastic improvement in the animation range, player likenesses and lighting dynamics. The Master League will provide days of continuous enjoyment as you lead a team through the season, offering replay value on top of the instant gratification of quick matches. I guarantee there will always be something to do in this game.

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