It looks like PES is in for a quite the revival with the launch of its 2013 entry.
Pro Evolution 2013 will be returning to the roots of football with more focus on control and a major emphasis showing off the individual style of the world’s best players.
The game also allows players to have full control over shooting and first touch of the ball, while Cristiano Ronaldo takes centre stage being the game’s cover star.
“This is the year where PES starts to fight back,” says Konami’s PR and marketing manager Brian Ayers.
“This is the year where the press are openly talking about PES being back to its best, and that the new development team has created a game that truly offers a stunning level of control and that old-school addictively that made the series so popular.”
It’s always been a battle between PES and FIFA, with PES offering a more old-school approach to its flashy EA-developed rival.
“From the moment we showed it for the first time in Brazil, PES 2013 has blown away any preconceptions that the game has lost its sparkle. Instead, people are talking of how it’s a stunning return to form, and that if offers the most entertaining kick-around out there.”
There are three main areas in which the game has improved dramatically. The full manual control in the form of PES FC (full control), and then Pro-Active AI, which ensures players make realistic runs and find space. Lastly the challenge training mode which Konami says will change the way you play football games.
Konami plans on keeping this year’s entry in it for the long-haul, especially when it comes to total lifetime sales.
Ayers continues: “With word of mouth recommendations being passed on and after seeing people play the full game, we believe there’s a very strong buss out there, and press reaction has been both widespread and hugely positive.
“This is feeding through to retail that PES is a true title contender, so we’re confident this is a new beginning for the series.”
Three modes are the new focus of PES. Performance training mode will help master the new full control system. Football Life holds the Master League and Become and Legend online sections.
With individuality being of upmost importance, ProActive AI ensures the whole game ebbs and flows like a real football match. New AI routines see a more balanced match and better organisation of teams.
The best players in PES 2013 will be instantly recognisable with each footballer’s likeness and signature attributes, skills and tricks bringing them to life. Even the way they run and celebrate will be different during play.