Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Competing soccer franchises means that everyone wins!

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even though I never really got into football games since I didn't own a console for a long time (and playing them solo isn't cool these things are meant for multiplayer). And I really like playing the real life thing is better. I think I do agree that weight should be on the on field gameplay. Managing and menus is what foothball manager is for, and not FIFA or PES will ever beat that game in the managing aspect. And fluid animations are very important for immersion. the 360 passing and appropriate AI sound like what I missed in the games I did play in the past.

And as far as licensing goes. unless your english (british that is) all liscences will do is cringeworthingly mispronounce the names of your native countries teams. commentary can really get in the way of your immersion if your constantly thinking 'damn you, it's "kuit" not "koit"' (a difference that is hard to explain if your not native dutch)

looks solid

I felt that PES was a lot harder to get a hang of. FIFA just seems more inuitive, and personally it seems to flow better. It's also a lot more fun to play with friends, which is pretty much the point in owning a sports game.

I personally feel that FIFA feels like an easier, more realistic game to play. However, I will be eternally indebted to PES to be the first title to allow totally custom formations even when the game has started.

Suck it, FIFA. If I want to pull all 10 of my guys back when I score a goal, then I should be allowed to (much to the fury of my opponent, of course).

I love the 360 passing. I used to play Fifa on my computer and it sucked balls. I really was dissapointed, the whole thing was miles worse than the consoles version. What made me stick with it? Mouse controlled passing, joy of joys! You could use the mouse and click into open space to set up through balls for your team mates. Once you got the hang of it the game got much more tactical and I could challenge much harder AI. I loved it!

360 passing seems to be a bit similar. I can't wait to try it.

Also, I think you should have gone into depth about the PES player system and ratings. I think the Fifa ratings are absolutely laughable. The current appropriation of the skill of some players is okay, but the progression system is just weak and there are lots of players that get good too quickly or never advance past a certain point. It sucks. PES has a much better system and a much more natural progression with ratings that actually matter for your playstyle. I chose Fifa last year, this year I'll try both and then see how it goes.

I played the demo and it sucked. Maybe it didn't do the full game justice, but FIFA has been solid for a few years now so I'll stick to that.

I don't like the defensive player switcher for the very same reason it is praised here. It completely strips you of the opportunity of tactical cover. For example, an opponent you were chasing passes the ball to some player on the left wing; that player turns around and takes a long look across the wing; the switcher gives you control over your closest player while it would be far more efficient to take the player who is just standing on the same wing a couple of feet farther than the next opponent who is certain to get a pass from the first one in a second and cover him. And the tactical menu and schemes are of no particular use because most of the teams you face have slightly different tactics, thus making you have to adjust your tactics in the menu accordingly every single game.

Disappointing review. All the so called advantages in gameplay pointed out in comparison with Fifa, are also in Fifa, just turned off by default, like the auto switching, the 360 manual passing. FIFA's gameplay is very customizable, from the totally arcade full automatic game to the extreme simulation full manual game, including everything inbetween, and this is not true in PES.

And really, PES has very deep animation differences and realism for very specific players like Messi or Ronaldo, but other players feel like they are all the same.

You said Football not Soccer.
I'm so happy.

That aside I don't plan to buy either of the two this year as playing them with friends is fun but gets old too quickly for me.
I'll stick with my Fifa 02 for the PSX thanks.

Greg Tito:
Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Competing soccer franchises means that everyone wins!

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Euh

This is all just ripped from fifa badly

Become a legend mode? Fifa has had "be A pro" since whar 08,09?
The menus look like a rip off from the fifa world cup games (I mean the ones with the world map)
There is next to no original player or teamnaming
The animations you so sport are just the same as those I have in fifa 09

And all the things Fifa 11 brings new and inventive this games only rips pieces of previous fifa games and comes with nothing of it's own

It's a bad game
Buy it if you're a sad person

There
that's the review

you just bullshitted your way through it entirely , You're american right? Leave the reviewing football games to europeans.... or people who've played a lot of them

Rblade:
even though I never really got into football games since I didn't own a console for a long time (and playing them solo isn't cool these things are meant for multiplayer). And I really like playing the real life thing is better. I think I do agree that weight should be on the on field gameplay. Managing and menus is what foothball manager is for, and not FIFA or PES will ever beat that game in the managing aspect. And fluid animations are very important for immersion. the 360 passing and appropriate AI sound like what I missed in the games I did play in the past.

And as far as licensing goes. unless your english (british that is) all liscences will do is cringeworthingly mispronounce the names of your native countries teams. commentary can really get in the way of your immersion if your constantly thinking 'damn you, it's "kuit" not "koit"' (a difference that is hard to explain if your not native dutch)

looks solid

Ehm, I'd rather have them shouting Koit then for example Kiet Or like change Klaas Jan Huntelaar to Jan hendrik Kantelaar

Or something like that which previous pro evo's did

Also there's a big downside to trying to figure out (sticking to the example) who you're playing when the FA leagues got Merseyside Red and Merseyside blue and you're supposed to know as say a croatian dude that Merseyside red Implies liverpool and merseyside blue everton

It's actually what breaks immersion completely
and that being said your Kuit to Koit issue is only for dutch players cause for some reason spanish german and french players names will be pronounced properly

What I don't understand is why no one sees the value in having local co-op. FIFA World Cup South Africa had it, and it's still an absolute blast to play.

Aside from more work to add another player on the same console, I really don't see why it's such a neglected feature.

I can see why you would say that you have to judge it solely off of the gameplay, but i'm a big football fan and if i'm going to buy and play this for a long time, theres got to be a decent manager mode, and pes always fell short of expectations.

Maraveno:
This is all just ripped from fifa badly

Then again, the FIFA franchise has ripped ideas off of PES before.

Personally, I'd rather see which game implements ideas better instead of getting into the whole "who thought of that first" stuff, and while it's by no means a perfect game, PES does things better in my opinion.

Maraveno:
This is all just ripped from fifa badly

Yeah, because there's no chance that two games built around the same sport using the same rules featuring the same teams and players are ever going to be similar :-P

Maraveno:
Become a legend mode? Fifa has had "be A pro" since whar 08,09?

As has PES. The legend mode is not a new addition to the game, I know for a fact it's been in there since at least '09.

Maraveno:
And all the things Fifa 11 brings new and inventive this games only rips pieces of previous fifa games and comes with nothing of it's own

What, precisely, are the new and innovative things FIFA 11 brings? PES has been the acknowledged innovation leader since the ISS days, with the majority of FIFA games being the standard EA procedure of taking last year's game, changing some player names and updating the number in the title. Every PES game has had significant changes to gameplay (not all of which I've liked, admittedly, I hate the new passing system) whereas with FIFA it's often hard to know which year you're playing.

Maraveno:
you just bullshitted your way through it entirely , You're american right? Leave the reviewing football games to europeans.... or people who've played a lot of them

I agree completely, the rantings of a FIFA fanboy are far preferable to an honest, unbiased review :-P

I think Greg has covered it pretty well, and has obviously had fun with the game. Good for him.

Giest4life:
Suck it, FIFA. If I want to pull all 10 of my guys back when I score a goal, then I should be allowed to (much to the fury of my opponent, of course).

If I were your opponent, I'd actually thank you for using such tactics ;-)

Pulling too many men back after a goal is a sure-fire way to screw up. The players get in one another's way, play in positions they aren't very good at, and having more men trying to tackle a single player leads to more fouls which, given the area of the pitch they're all playing in, leads to more penalties. The best way to play after a goal is the same way you were before you scored, or if you really want to go defensive then bulk out your midfield a little more, but pulling everyone back leads to disaster. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Neither of these reviews have done any more than casually scratch the surface of the games, and this is incredibly disappointing.

My first impression of PES was that it was stilted and didn't flow, much the same a previous years which is the reason why I defected from the Pro Evo camp to Fifa in 2009. I can't comment any more than that yet as I didn't play it long enough to try the tactical options and control customisation but I will tonight.

Football is a lot more than just punting a ball about on grass. That's like me reviewing an NFL franchise comparing how well the players run with the ball (I know nothing about the game!).

Oh, accidently scoring when the ball ricochets off the arse of a defender - that's one of the great simulation aspects of the latest generation of football games. I'm hoping I can get that feel from Pro Evo when I try it again (I didn't the first time).

Incidentally, I don't enjoy playing the premier teams in Fifa. Matches including lower league clubs are so much more interesting and I've grown unintentionally attached to Bristol City having learned their strengths and playing style - that's what I think football is about;

Giest4life:
Suck it, FIFA. If I want to pull all 10 of my guys back when I score a goal, then I should be allowed to (much to the fury of my opponent, of course).

You can do this in Fifa - have you tried experimenting with the formation and tactics controls? However the one easiest way of breaking down a defence is to get them to commit themselves - then you can walk straight through no matter how many there are.

I'd hate to be a fan of the club you manage if that's your style though :p

Going back to the licensing issue, the problem is more that EA have a lot more financial clout to get the licenses and retain exclusivity.

Back when PES was riding high, the licensing was all FIFA had going for it, and while PES Productions are fighting back, I believe EA will fight harder to keep the upper-hand, cos they know how much of a deal-breaker it is for a lot of people to have correct names and kits for the players and teams.

There's no excuse for PES's piddle-poor commentary, though. They really need to fix that quickly.

SonicWaffle:

Maraveno:
This is all just ripped from fifa badly

Yeah, because there's no chance that two games built around the same sport using the same rules featuring the same teams and players are ever going to be similar :-P

Maraveno:
Become a legend mode? Fifa has had "be A pro" since whar 08,09?

As has PES. The legend mode is not a new addition to the game, I know for a fact it's been in there since at least '09.

Maraveno:
And all the things Fifa 11 brings new and inventive this games only rips pieces of previous fifa games and comes with nothing of it's own

What, precisely, are the new and innovative things FIFA 11 brings? PES has been the acknowledged innovation leader since the ISS days, with the majority of FIFA games being the standard EA procedure of taking last year's game, changing some player names and updating the number in the title. Every PES game has had significant changes to gameplay (not all of which I've liked, admittedly, I hate the new passing system) whereas with FIFA it's often hard to know which year you're playing.

Maraveno:
you just bullshitted your way through it entirely , You're american right? Leave the reviewing football games to europeans.... or people who've played a lot of them

I agree completely, the rantings of a FIFA fanboy are far preferable to an honest, unbiased review :-P

I think Greg has covered it pretty well, and has obviously had fun with the game. Good for him.

Giest4life:
Suck it, FIFA. If I want to pull all 10 of my guys back when I score a goal, then I should be allowed to (much to the fury of my opponent, of course).

If I were your opponent, I'd actually thank you for using such tactics ;-)

Pulling too many men back after a goal is a sure-fire way to screw up. The players get in one another's way, play in positions they aren't very good at, and having more men trying to tackle a single player leads to more fouls which, given the area of the pitch they're all playing in, leads to more penalties. The best way to play after a goal is the same way you were before you scored, or if you really want to go defensive then bulk out your midfield a little more, but pulling everyone back leads to disaster. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

First off I'm not a "fifa fanboy"
I'm more A football manager kinda guy
Second off The innovation fifa has brought the last few years? Be a Pro mode,Management mode That DLC for fifa 09 , Fifa Live season a more intricate transfer market with each year
The young talent ideas
The creating of your own players since fifa 04 or 05 (different from be a pro mode)
The use of tricks in football games and adding more tricks every now and then
Chip shots
Be A pro : Goalkeeper as in actually being a goalkeeper in the game
The new passing system
Proper tackling
The Sound of the arena or whatever they call it : Making your own club songs (this is an advancement on the actual implementing most of the actual club songs before)

The Fifa 'Arena'
Instead of a dry dull menu you can practice your skills one one against the goalie since like what 08

I don't like it as much as training tho, loved training sessions in the older fifa games wished they'd bring that back

Then there's the usual career mode which keeps being enhanced
The reputation system which to be fair is sort of a steal from football manager but sure

Fifa hasn't just been random updating any more since fifa 06 (when they started using the new cover style that might be 07 not sure)

Thirdly , What I am saying now is that if you look at what fifa 11 is and what fifa 10 was what pro evo 6 was and what this pro evo is

Yes I'm looking at Pro evo from 6 cause that's the last pro evo I played
I can honestly say I see not much difference from Pro Evo 6
whereas there's allready great improvements in fifa now since 10

And i'd like to underscore : I'm not a fifa fanboy you can go check my xbox acount the fifa games I own are Fifa street fifa 09 and worldcup 06

That being said that doesn't mean I don't know anything about the games I keep updated cause I'd like to know when it's finally worth changing from Football manager to fifa for a double enojoyable experience, which is to say. Not soon

Interesting review. I think I will try out PES this time around.

I tried both demos last year, I went with FIFA, I think mainly because the demo of FIFA had the dribbling - oh, to try to go back from 360 dribbling back to what PES had, it was really an eye-opener.

I think I'll try the same as I did last year, but favour heavily towards PES. I've really enjoyed PES for a long time now; even though FIFA had various options that cover PES, I just really enjoyed playing PES, while I feel like I'm... I don't know, managing something with FIFA.

Also, I love me some eye candy. FIFA, you're really nice and all, and I'm sure you've got some really nice things under... that, and you're not all that bad, really, but have you seen PES?
Those.. curves! Everything looks so... sleek with it. Admittedly, this was through the PES demo of last year and FIFA of last year, but if that's anything to go by, then well...

I personally prefer FIFA to be honest. I chose after playing both at the yearly games convention down here (rAge) and I found FIFA to feel more like a team play, passing based game, while PES feels like more of an arcade game, often allowing a single player to sprint half-way across the pitch and score. Player individuality also feels better in FIFA, a you can really tell the difference between trying to score as a striker and trying as a defender. This was not really the case in PES as all the players felt largely the same.

This, though, is just my opinion of how the games felt, so take is that and don't think I'm pronouncing any of this as fact. I do also admit that since I went on to buy FIFA and not PES, I have had substantially more time to get into the feel of FIFA.

I'm sorry but PES can't compare to fifa and the majority agree's with me every other review that I have seen on the two games rate fifa way above pes and more people play fifa, and all the good points about PES fifa had last year it's never going to knock fifa off as the most popular sports game in the world.

It's like medal of honor trying to compete with cos never gonna win

Well I've always preferred PES. Played FIFA a few times, but ehh. Pro is better in my opinion.

I think I shall get this at Christmas :) Pro tourneys with mates are excellent.

http://www.proevolutionsoccer2011.co.uk - Option File for Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 PS3 includes:

* Correct team names
* Correct team squads including starting line-ups and formations
* Correct team strips - home, away & goalkeepers
* Correct player names & numbers
* Correct competition & stadium names
* Player transfers up-to-date as of Summer 2011 transfer window
* This option file Update will work with online modes of PES 2011

PES 2011 still looks just as wooden and devoid of life as 2010 did and it doesn't look like they've sorted those tiny pitches out yet.

I've gotten every PES since it ISS: Pro Evolution on the PS1 and they've still yet to make a decent current-gen iteration. The last few have been so shoddy that I've had my head turned by FIFA since it started gunning for a simulation rather than arcade.

FIFA is still by far the better football game.

http://www.proevolutionsoccer2012.co.uk

New Option file for Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 on the PS3 that includes:

* Correct team names
* Correct team squads including starting line-ups and formations
* Correct team strips - home, away & goalkeepers
* Correct player names & numbers
* Correct competition & stadium names
* Player transfers up-to-date as of Summer 2012 transfer window
* This option file Update will work with online modes of PES 2012

 

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