You�re either going to love or hate the pace of the new title. The game is� more action-packed. However, that shouldn�t be taken to mean the game is more arcadey. It just doesn�t slog along like FIFA 12 sometimes can, and fast players actually feel quick, and professional players turn and control the ball like they should -- on a dime. Red card
Try as I might, I could not get my keeper to throw a ball far out for a quick counter. Instead, he seemed destined to act like he�s from a lower division, and prone to throwing the ball short to a player under pressure no matter where I aimed and how long I charged the throw. This is especially disappointing as Konami claims that �keeper distribution is something they�ve improved upon.
Another item of concern deals with both the menus and graphical prowess of the game. In short: both suck.
FIFA�s menus are resplendent, enthralling� and honestly, I could go on with more adjectives and verbs. There were times where I would get caught up checking out the 2010 FIFA World Cup menu more than I�d play the actual game on the pitch.
Pro Evolution Soccer has had the same boring menus for years. Now, I know that the soccer on the pitch is more important, but putting a little more effort into something so simple would be a nice change of pace.
In terms of graphics, good lord is this game ugly. I like to tell people that I wear snazzy indoor soccer shoes and outdoor cleats because it�s really the only thing people are seeing when I�m heading out to a game that�s unique and flashy.
I consider the player models and graphics in a sports game to be similar, as it�s really the main thing you see in the game. That�s why I have to be disappointed with PES 2013. I�m normally not a graphics snob, but when you stare at soccer players for the majority of the game I expect the visuals to be much, much better (though it would be remiss not to add that the likeness to star players such as Ronaldo is accurate, just not always pretty). Final whistle
This new game of soccer (football if you prefer it that way) doesn�t feel that much different compared to last year�s game. The changes aren�t as monumental as, say, FIFA 12′s were last year from its previous iteration, but PES 2013 is still a good game.
It�s hard to tell just how good -- or lacking -- the new game is based on such a simple demo. After three matches, however, it seems that if you were a fan of last year�s game, you�ll enjoy the new one; and the new FullControl is a genuine improvement. The gameplay on the pitch isn�t revolutionary, just another solid outing.
But hey, at least I can still sub in anyone for my �keeper.
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