GamesCom 2009: PES 2010 Hands On Preview - A Return to Form?
Written Wednesday, August 26, 2009 By Lee AbrahamsView author's profile
While FIFA sells by the bucket load come rain or shine, PES has always been considered the technical superior in terms of gameplay and its fluid depiction of the beautiful game. However, that particular fact seemed to come to a juddering halt last year thanks to much improved and totally overhauled FIFA which left its nearest rival looking rather stale in comparison. Can PES show off a few new skills of its own this year or is it destined for relegation?
The game seems a bit more fluid than last year and a lot less arcadey, at least to me, so traditional fans may see this as a welcome return to form. The realistic play may also have something to do with the 360 degree control system which seems to be the new vogue in football games this year. While in theory it should allow you a full range of control over your player in practice it seems to be a more subtle addition. After playing through multiple games it seems that you will still rely on the standard eight directional control, with the full 360 effect only seeming to come into play while doing slower, more precise, dribbling. It is also nice to see that the deliberate passing game is once again rewarded, as players can string together flowing moves before bursting through to score. If I had one grievance, it would be that the standard through ball seems to have become extremely diminished in terms of accuracy and speed. Though it is nice to see that the irritating ‘force field’ throw-ins (whereby a defender could only get so close to the player taking the throw) have been given the boot.
The game includes all of the options you would expect, with Exhibition, Cup, Master League and Online options. The Champions League is once again present, as is the Europa League, but sadly we are still not able to see all of the fully licensed teams. A fact Konami were only too happy to acknowledge as they admit that gamers would much rather play as Aston Villa than East Midlands Village, for example, but with the amount of money thrown at the licenses by EA they really cannot get a look in. It is a shame for players that such a scenario exists but at least the in depth edit feature is in place to make your team a reality.
Konami also mentioned that there will be ongoing updates throughout the year after launch, so that teams and statistics are kept up to date and the idea of DLC in terms of new content, teams and venues was not ruled out either.
So if you are after your next fix of PES action then get ready, the game is released on 23rd October 2009 in Europe and then 3rd November for the US.