E3 09: Secrets of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 trailer revealed

FIFA 10 fired the first shot in anger in the upcoming footie video game season, and so far it looks like a 30 yard screamer. With 360° dribbling an improved defensive game and smarter A.I. team-mates, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series is going to have to go some to take the title from EA. Thankfully, the first batch of screenshots and trailer look good, and potentially point to a return to league-winning form. Below you’ll find the first official trailer, with a detailed breakdown of shots from the frenetic football action.

So what are the essential match facts from above, then?

To kick things off, its clear Konami have been spending much of their time improving character models and strips. The screen below shows a considerable increase in detail over 2008’s game.

It’s a pity, mind, that this increase in graphical fidelity probably won’t make much difference, especially playing the game in the definitive wide camera view.

More encouraging is the very brief glance we get of the muted new animation engine. Even though it's brief, player movement - running in particular - looks more weighty, natural and convincing.

Bet on Konami securing most of the big European licenses. And after capturing the Europa League, Konami may well include more teams from lesser known European divisions - like Hearts from the Scottish SPL or AC Omonia from Cyprus. The official Liverpool license is also in, but we're not sure what other officially endorsed team is joining them. We wouldn't put many readies on it being Burnley, mind.

For those with sharp eyes, the trailer alludes to various tactical and statistical elements, like pressure level, receiving position, attacking style and position switch. This most likely means more tactical settings in the formation menu than ever before. And we'll probably be able to assign these to the pre-set tactics' buttons before matches, to be deployed on the fly during games when the situation calls for it.

Peepers not yet satiated by the soccer action above? Cast them down to the screenshots below.

Above: Eto'o leaps like a salmon, before delivering a towering header

Above: Fernando Torres, or El Niño to his mates, storms through Barca's defence

Like what you've seen of PES 2010 so far? What elements excite or worry you? Do you think Konami's game can overhaul FIFA 10 in the race for footie fans' wallets? Let us know in the comments section below.

June 04, 2009


  • metalgatesolid - June 5, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    as much as i try to dislike and fault PES there is no contest in regards to fun and addiction... PES wins hands down. There is something about it that just seems better than FIFA
  • MechGyver - June 5, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    Fifa as been long outmatched by PES though the gap between them has been closing resently. No deniel, though that will Fifa tries to emulate PES stile and phisics while PES is having trouble,more and more frequently, to come up with new worthy adictions to the game. You cant change what is perfect widout ruinning it,dito.
  • NorwegianKingOfNames - June 4, 2009 6:27 p.m.

    Yes, PES 2010 looks slightly better, yes there are new AI strategies working in the background, but was there ever a time when this wasn't the case? No - Konami always show these exact, miniscule improvements and dress them up as game-changing, AND we all fall for it because we are so excited about seeing the next PES for the first time. I won't get excited about PES untill they change the fundementals, like Fifa has done so well. Oh, and I AM THE NORWEGIAN KING OF NAMES!
  • Hazza22299 - June 4, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    Still fifa 10 for me
  • Murphy94 - August 19, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    Fifas so much better
  • gamerboy96 - July 27, 2009 12:18 p.m.

    to compete they need licensing to all teams otherwise allot people are gunna get fifa
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 10, 2009 3:34 a.m.

    Even though for quite a while I stuck to FIFA seeing as I'm a pc gamer I have always admired PES and felt over all it was the better, more realistic game of footy to be had with out actually getting a ball and playing it yourself, even if Fifa has the licenses and better graphics, you dont play licenses or graphics, you play football, and thats what pes has always done better than fifa. Sure football games are actually pretty crap when you strip away the glitz and glamour, they have 1 year life spans and usually not much for the user to do other than play them although editors and become a legend aswell as master league have fixed that up alot, but still no point in buying them unless ur a footy fanatic. At least pes hits it with realism and a satifying learning curve, where as Fifa has always been way to hard on the highest setting (thinking back to fifa 2002 world cup as a prime example there) or way too easy (2003 is the prime example there), and although its got more realistic and more balanced with more recent releases, it still feels a bit like playing dream football where screamers and mazey runs are all too easy. PES just wins it hand down in terms of gameplay.
  • firefox706 - June 6, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    Think i,ll stick to FIFA
  • Tomsta666 - June 5, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    Long time pro evo fanboy here. I would of liked to have seen a bit more than detailed graphic improvements and pointless tactical stuff though. People are always talking about FIFA's marked improvemnts over the last couple of years, so why haven't Konami and Seabass stepped up and done something major about it? That said though, my money is still going to PES, :)

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