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While a true sense of 'evolution' may be in short supply, Pro Evolution 2010 remains nothing short of a convincing return to form for Konami thanks to streamlined presentation, unpredictable gameplay, intuitive tactical planning, consistently variable challenge and a much-improved online service. Hold sway if you're considering a footballing defection based on recent series shortfalls, Pro Evolution 2010 is, kick for kick, Konami's best effort in years.
I don’t mean to make Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 sound like a bad soccer game, because it isn’t. It’s just a disappointing one. Just about everything except the visuals feels a bit stale, even the new Become A Legend mode which feels like it’s from an ’08 edition. The gameplay is solid; it just isn’t able to keep pace with FIFA 10 in most regards. It’s tough to recommend this to anyone when EA Sports’ superior product is on the market, but if you’re a diehard PES lover, you’ll feel right at home with this one.
FIFA oder PES? Es mag abgedroschen klingen, aber es bleibt eine Glaubensfrage: Die einen bevorzugen den schnellen, spritzigen, dafür aber einen Hauch weniger realistischen FIFA-Kick. Die anderen stehen eher auf taktische Glanzleistungen und sind froh, wenn sie ihre Spielzüge lange im Voraus planen können. Großartige Fußballspiele sind definitiv beide. PES krankt allerdings an dem verkorksten Passsystem und verliert viel Atmosphäre durch die dicken Lizenzlöcher.
PES 2010 rehausse le niveau récent de la série de Konami en adoptant un gameplay plus sérieux et homogène. Bien plus équilibré que son prédécesseur, il offre beaucoup plus de garantie dans la construction grâce à un rythme plus posé et à une IA aux placements et aux déplacements beaucoup plus intelligents. Si l'Europa League est la seule réelle nouveauté en termes de modes de jeu, la Ligue des Masters propose sans doute le mode carrière le plus abouti du marché. On regrette simplement que le contenu de base soit aussi faible et partiellement à jour.
It really is a shame that all the improvements are ruined by the online aspect. This may not be a deal-breaker for many people, and the offline multiplayer is as good as previous versions. For Gamestyle, however, the superb graphics and excellent match physics are undone by the online mode, and as such, we can only recommend PES 2010 to true fans of the series. But then, you have already bought the game, and probably won't be reading this review.
So, Pro Evo 2010 doesn't have the licenses of FIFA, doesn't have the budget of FIFA, and it doesn't have the smooth online experience of FIFA. It even has the odd translation issue here and there, such as using "stopped time" instead of the correct "stoppage time." But in spite of all the technical gaffes, it's clear that producer Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka and his team at Konami still have a handle on the heart and soul of the beautiful game. Yes, FIFA is the superior offering this year -- but it's a lot closer than you might initially think.
Pro Evolution Soccer still plays a good game of football, and if you loved previous games in the series, you'll no doubt enjoy playing this year's model. However, Pro Evo can no longer claim to be the best football game in any given area, and other than the incremental improvements made over the past few years, it's in desperate need of a complete overhaul. Fixing problems, such as online play, is certainly welcome, but for a game that hasn't substantially changed across five years and two console generations, there's a definite sense of diminishing returns from this increasingly stale series.
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