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Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 comes with new teams for 2010/2011 and plenty new features. Good old fending off the attackers from the early versions is here and fending off means a lot if you want to dribble your opponent or keep the ball in your possession in one-on-one tackle. You can now turn on stamina gauge above controlling player and see ball kicking gauge every time you hit a ball, be that shooting on a goal or a simple pass to another friendly player. There is more detailed game plan than before with easy adjustment of strategies, especially when it comes to positions of an individual player. According to Konami, aside the typical passing, feints, dribbling or defence actions, this game features over 1000 new motions, but what can be done with the ball depends, as usual, on the player you are controlling.

There are even more licensed cups and leagues this time, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League as well as some new ones like Copa Libertadores and UEFA Super Cup. Even a Club World Cup mode is available as a part of other modes, but without a licensed name or logo. National teams are all there, some of them licensed and some with fictional player names, and same goes for clubs with addition to some new licensed clubs like Werder Bremen. UEFA cups are integrated within Master League as well as other leagues, and recent new mode like Become a Legend is still there. Now, for the first time, Become A Legend and Master League are playable online.


PES 2011: Pro Evolution Soccer PlayStation 3 Camera following the player... pretty hard to play that way.
PES 2011: Pro Evolution Soccer PlayStation 3 Checking the ladder results.
PES 2011: Pro Evolution Soccer PlayStation 3 Dress selection and adjusting settings before a kick off.
PES 2011: Pro Evolution Soccer PlayStation 3 Players are aligning for an opening song.

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Alternate Titles

  • "World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2011" -- Japanese title
  • "WE 2011" -- Common Japanese abbreviation
  • "Pro Evolution Soccer 2011" -- European spine / in-game title

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Critic Reviews

GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep 30, 2010 90 out of 100 90
Games Aktuell Windows Sep 30, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
PCActu Windows Oct 04, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85 Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2010 85 out of 100 85 PlayStation 3 Sep 30, 2010 85 out of 100 85 PlayStation 3 Sep 20, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct 29, 2010 76 out of 100 76
AusGamers Xbox 360 Oct 18, 2010 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpot Wii Nov 04, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Destructoid Xbox 360 Dec 06, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65


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Cover star

The cover star is Lionel Messi, in his final appearance on a PES cover until a group shot in PES 2017 with four other FC Barçelona players. As of FIFA 13, Messi has been a regular cover star of EA Sports' FIFA games, the main competitor of the PES series.

References to classic titles

Most of the unlockable content in the game is based on classic Konami titles, some of them from very known games (Castlevania, Contra, Gradius, Frogger), others from less known ones (TwinBee, Ganbare Goemon), and also from some relatively unknown titles (Pooyan, Wai Wai World)

Some of these content includes:

  • Music tracks from all games previously mentioned
  • Elements for the Create a Stadium mode also based on those games, plus elements from other games, such as Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
  • One of the headgear available is based on the Moai heads from the Gradius series
It's important to note that this is only present on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game.
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