Konami has released the first details of PES 2013, and by the sound of things, the footy series will enjoy a revolution this Autumn rather than a simple evolution, pro or otherwise.
PES 2013, endorsed by walking gel-dispenser Cristiano Ronaldo, promises to return “to its roots, with the emphasis on the individual skills of the world’s best players, and giving the player the total freedom to play any style of ball, which includes for the first time full control over shots.”
The developers behind PES have consulted with football and PES fans alike to get an idea of which direction to move the franchise forward in – and it can be broken down into three key areas. Okay, three opaque-sounding buzzwords, but what they suggest sounds encouraging.
PES full control is the first overhaul. Players will apparently have better freedom of movement on the pitch, a greater variety of ways to take their first touch (either trapping the ball, giving it a knock-on, etc) and *gulp* full manual passing and shooting. The latter sounds like it’ll either make or break Konami’s long-running FIFA rival.
Speaking of FIFA, it looks like PES is going for a different approach to its established defending controls, which sounds closer to FIFA 12′s love-it-or-hate-it system:
“Countering the attacking options the new dribbling system offers, is a beautifully-balanced defence system. Players can use R2 and X to slow an attack, with a double-tap of the X button prompting a perfectly-timed challenge.
Full 360-degree control means that players can check runs and steal the ball from a parallel position, while the individuality element will see world renowned defenders using aerial dominance of physicality to win the ball.”
There are also changes to the AI – the developers have worked to “eradicate any illogical elements to the way players move and run.” Goalkeepers will be smarter too, Konami promises.
Whatever the end result, it sounds fairly certain that PES 2013 will play very differently to PES 2012.
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