Global soccerization is being aided largely by the fine competition for fans that occurs with each annual PES and FIFA release. One champions a set of features, the other tags on what’s missing and adds its own. One dominates the licensing department stakes, the other has to make do. The result is consistent improvement, and PES 2010 illustrates that fact in its iterative, but still significant upgrades over last year.
Until EA’s dominance of licensing rights to the world’s league, terms, and players ends (it’ll never happen), PES will always suffer in the minds of accuracy and likeness purists. What that fails to consider is just how thrilling the on-field action can be when executed with the finesse possible through the tight, responsive controls. Gone in the ability to flummox the defenders by drawing the ‘keepers out then squaring the ball for your strike partner to roll the ball home. Your players will now attack dangerous crosses into the penalty area form 30-40 odd yards out, rather than watch them sail into the keeper’s hands.
They’re part of a package of tweaks that the hardcore players will really appreciate, while newcomers will revel in the core excellence of the animation and tactical awareness of the Al. To take a leaf form FIFA’s Be A Pro mode, PES lest you, ahem, Become A legend. Rather than slip into the shoes of your favorite position player, as FIFA, this mode stats you out as a 17 years old prodigy for FC Babilayna.