The 2012 release in Konami's soccer video game franchise series
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
PES 2012 is a soccer simulation game marketed by Konami and is available on home game consoles and Windows.
PES 2012 is the latest edition of the popular franchise and features a number of new additions intended to make the game as realistic as possible. It is absolutely true that in recent years EA Sports' highly successful FIFA series has cast an ever-growing shadow over PES, and this year's game is an attempt to take back what was once theirs, the crown of being the best overall soccer simulation available.
One of the most intriguing new features is the Teammate Control system, which allows users the opportunity to control a secondary player during the game. This allows the ability to have another teammate call for the ball and make darting runs into the box, allowing a greater overall control. The secondary player can also be used during a free kick situation, throw in and during open play.
Another improvement over the previous generation is the refinement of animations, ball physics and the overall pace of the game. Konami has taken great care in trying to retool the artificial intelligence and for the most part has done a fairly decent job.
The best thing the game has going for it is the incredible graphics. The players look superb, and the overall attention to detail is simply astonishing. This year's game has to be praised for a subtle yet noticeable step up in graphical quality.
Despite the fact that Konami has polished an already fine game, PES 2012 simply cannot compete with the FIFA series by EA. The animations are improved but lacking compared to FIFA, and the overall feel of the game is a million miles away from the realistic simulation provided by EA. This game in comparison runs more like an arcade game. The game is far too speedy, and the players don't respond nearly as smoothly as their rival counterparts.
PES 2012 is an improvement on last year, but it still has a long way to go before it can reclaim its crown as the greatest soccer simulation on Earth.
Less lag with the game controls compared to previous versions
Overall improved experience
The speed of the game is too fast to allow for a realistic experience
Animations lack the quality of the FIFA series by EA
Not enough officially licensed teams
Arcade feel renders the game a disappointment
Some glitches significantly disrupt game play
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