PES 2012

Soccer simulation with good graphics and AI

7.4

7551 Votes

  • Category Sport
  • License Trial version
  • Size 1.47 GB
  • Works under Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by Konami

PES 2012 is the updated Windows version of the popular soccer simulation game.

It features improved game play and graphics when compared to its predecessor, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2011. As always when evaluating soccer simulation games, comparisons must also be made with PES developer Konami's arch rival Electronic Arts (EA sports) and its flagship FIFA series based on the world's most popular sport.

PES 2012's distinguishing features include changes in game play and team play, which enables the more tactically minded game players to take full advantage, as opposed to those players who prefer a more traditional arcade style "kick around". From a technical point of view, this iteration of PES boasts a new AI (artificial intelligence) engine which offers more realistic team play experience, as a result both offensive and defensive phases of play see the team move off the ball as a unit, forcing opposition players into errors. This aspect in pleasing to fans of real soccer, which has seen a marked increase in off the ball "pressing" as a tactic in recent seasons.

A new feature allows users to control the movements of the ball players, launching "decoy runs" to open space for passing while another player is in possession. These runs can be regulated by the user while retaining primary control of the player in possession.

As well as intelligent offensive play, defensive phases of play now simulate the real professional game in a satisfactory manner. Teams hold formation when under pressure for longer. However, the AI system seems unable to equip defenders to defend in one on one situations and through balls, making it easier to score with certain tactics.

As is to be expected with a popular soccer simulation franchise, this 2012 version of Pro Evolution Soccer can offer enhanced quality of graphics and animated versions of real life household name soccer stars. The animation has markedly improved, putting it on a par, if not exceeding what's on offer in the rival FIFA 2012. The managerial tactics and formation options in the "setup screen and tactical configuration" menus has notably increased its speed in comparison to previous versions of PES, which will come as a relief to users who have grown frustrated with long waits and laborious selection processes.

Pros

  • Excellent graphics
  • Impressive animation
  • Adaptable artificial intelligence
  • Satisfying training mode

Cons

  • Difficult to control off the ball movements
  • Still lags behind FIFA series
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