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.
We expect the new physics system to be contentious issue. Last year, almost every attack could be nipped in the bud with a simple block tackle, but now there’s no such guaranteed save. When the attacker and defender jostle for the ball, one misplaced touch can send it spinning away form the pair. If your man’s not got the strength to ride out the bumps and challenges during his run he’ll soon end up on his back. Similarly, unless a player’s ready to receive an incoming ball it will careen off his shin and into the path of the opposite. In the final third spells one thing: goals.