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Pro Evolution Soccer 2010
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP
MSRP: $59.99 (360, PS3), $49.99 (Wii), $29.99 (PS2, PSP)
ESRB Rating: Everyone
What kind of game is it?
Is there a game with a more self-explanatory title? Pro Evolution Soccer is Konami’s long-running footy sim series. Formerly known as Winning Eleven in the States, Pro Evolution Soccer (or PES) is a franchise that prides itself on highly in-depth simulation of the Beautiful Game. Outside of basketball and hockey, there are few sports game feuds with the fiery rivalry found between PES and FIFA. During the PS2 era, EA’s game consistently outsold PES (especially in North America), but most hardcore gamers preferred Konami’s fanatical attention to detail. With a new console generation, Konami’s grip on gamers has weakened a bit, but the team has sworn to regain its footing with PES 2010.
Who's the developer?
The PES team is housed within Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. Although executive producer Shingo “Seabass” Takatsuka isn’t particularly well-known in the States, he’s a celebrity name in Europe and Japan. Sports game producers usually don’t have the cred associated with the likes of Cliff Bleszinski, but Seabass is an exception.
What's the story?
You kick a ball around a grassy field, and try to put it in a net so that you can watch grown men do victory dance animations.
The most interesting drama around PES 2010 isn’t what happens on the pitch, it’s the story behind Konami’s fall from grace and the development team’s series rehabilitation. Although PES has struggled in its transition from PS2-era dominance to HD-era gaming, the team has promised to address its prior missteps. There’s more visual representation and explanation for how playmaking, formation-setting, and tactics work. That’s a big help for soccer gaming noobs, many of whom will likely look for a game to pick up in the midst of next summer’s World Cup.
Oh, and PES got the rights to UEFA Champions League last year. That’d be like NFL 2K5 snatching up the exclusive rights to put the Super Bowl in their game before EA could put the ultimate screw job in on them. Unfortunately, FIFA still has the English Premiership locked down, which means Arsenal is still North London and Chelsea is still London FC. But Liverpool’s in, and that’s all I need.
The PS3 version supports up to seven players on one console (that’s a lot of controllers!) while the Xbox 360 version supports up to four players.
Multiplayer has been PES’ weakest link this generation. Whether that was the awful Konami ID system on the PS3 versions of PES or the awkward matchmaking on Xbox Live, the game has struggled with online multiplayer.
Fortunately, during GamesCom, Seabass told G4tv.com that the Konami ID system would be dropped for PES 2010. Konami also promises plenty of post-launch DLC and online updates to improve the experience. Does that include licenses for big name English clubs? New authentic stadiums? Wait and see.
What'd we say?
I’m working on the review right now. While I won’t divulge too many details, I got a gold trophy for winning the Champions League last night with Barcelona. Unfortunately, that trophy didn’t help me get any beauty rest.
The question for this year isn’t “PES or FIFA?” You should be asking if there’s room for both on your shelf.
Look for a final verdict before week’s end.
See it in action: