Published on September 1st, 2010 | by prime0
PES games in recent years could best be likened to England’s performance in South Africa. They were lazy and passionless; the inspiration appeared to have run dry, and Konami were outpaced by their greatest rivals almost as badly as we were by the Germans. But Konami isn’t going to give up that easily. With a ton of enhancements, this year could see a return to the glory days of old, but it won’t come easy.
Though we get the impression Seabass is still playing catch-up with EA (total 360-degree control, one of PES 2011’s biggest improvements, still comes a year after its inclusion in last year’s FIFA, for example), there’s still a lot here to sink your teeth into.
The power gauge usually reserved for taking a shot on goal is now present with every kick, giving you complete control over the power of your pass, while up to four feints and tricks can be mapped onto the right analogue stick to let you dazzle your opponent far more easily. A new motion blur filter also makes the action look slightly more realistic, and although the game still feels as arcadey as ever, over 1,000 new animations do their bit to ensure that this year’s PES feels slightly slicker than in years gone by.
This year’s Master League is completely online-enabled, meaning you can take on rival managers the world over. Think you’ve got what it takes to be the best? Now’s your chance to prove it.