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POSTED 16/10/10


PES 2011 - PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER

Konami
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)

It’s a battle with all the ferocity of Holden vs Ford… PES vs FIFA. Then there’s the whole “soccer” versus “football” thing. Being resolutely Melbournian, to us “football” means Aussie Rules (go Tiges!), so the round ball game’s “soccer”. Hail from pretty much anywhere else though, and calling the “beautiful game” soccer is akin to commencing a sentence with “Yo mama…”

All these rivalries – at least they make stuff interesting, for the actual game so often isn’t (duck, roll and run away really bloody fast…)

However, back to relevance... The PES series has usually – not surprising considering its heritage - had a reasonably arcade-ish feel. Most any move you made felt like there was an invisible hand of God helping it do what you wanted it to. Well, not anymore, ’cos now you need to know what you’re doing, otherwise passes will skid over the boundary (or careen into row ZZ), and kicks on goal can miss by the kind of distance that Cake’s protagonist was going in their song of the same name (except with a ‘The’ plastered in front).

Whilst on controls, the resolutely eight-directional PES thing survives (hello, we have analogue stickiness now), whereas FIFA has moved on to a more fluent 360 degree thang. Booooooooooo!

Some will bemoan the lack of licensing of the English Premier League and more, however faff about with customisation and you may get distracted enough so as not to care so much.

If you’re a PES-ant you’re already sold; if you’re a FIFA-ite you’re likely already slinging shit. We’d suggest spending some time with both and seeing which vibe really suits you, but we guess that would be like asking a Commodore driver to take a Falcon for a fang…

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