PES 2013 - PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
it to me! Kick it to me!” Words we often squealed as a kid...
Yet nobody ever did – because they knew that if so, we’d miss ‘it’,
trip over ‘it’, or send ‘it’ hurtling somewhere into the
stratosphere... but the wrong stratosphere. The appropriate term is
“unco as fuck”. So, when Sensible Software’s Microprose Soccer
popped up we practiced and practiced until fingers bled (it must
have been the summer of ’88...)
still couldn’t kick a real ball for shit, but give us a virtual one
and Ronaldo would’ve cowered in awe. The very same bloke who’s
plastered upon the cover of this year’s PES.
24 years is quite a long time, and soccer games have advanced.
PES 2013 is so bloody realistic that, once again, we’re reminded
of our abject sporting shiteness. We now know what Run DMC were on
about when proclaiming ‘It’s Tricky’ – even if that was released in
1986. Bugger, now our ability to analogise is devolving to match our
Even brain-forked to its simplest, PES 2013 is challenging
for the uninitiated. But it’s not meant for such plebeians. The
expectation seems apparent that fans have evolved with it, through
various brilliant decisions and a few naff ones. These skilled types
– who’d likely have bullied us mercilessly at school - will revel in
advances to feeling in control of the little dudes running around
inside the telly. Run, run, fake, run, dribble, baulk, nyahh, pass,
shoot – the level of controllability is quite stunning.
Abilities vary depending upon which real (or in some cases fake)
players the little fellas are modelled upon, and oodles of worldwide
leagues are included. Online, player editors, training – all the
other stuff you expect is present.
Looking for a remarkably deep soccer experience that rewards
patience, skill and tactical savvy? Then all we are saying is give
PES a chance...