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GC 09: How PES 2010 rights last season’s wrongs

Last year’s PES divided more opinion than little broken Michael Owen signing for Man United. While it maintained its hugely addictive, slick arcade action, it was a bit ugly, unfair and, at times, broken. But now, with PES 2010 playable at Gamescom, and preview code arriving in our offices earlier in the week, we can tell you all about the series' Man City-style revolution. Say goodbye to dodgy animation, Master League moon money and 8 directional dribbling. PES has been working its socks off in pre-season and now it’s ready to challenge for the title.


360 degree dribbling!

It was Konami’s big surprise, but now we can finally let the Cantona out of the bag. Eight directional dribbling was probably PES' biggest fault. No more, though. Dribbling is now much more realistic, with a far greater, more organic turning circle. OK, so it still feels a bit angular, but there's no doubt it looks a lot more like actual football.

The system also makes it much easier to steer your men around the pitch with added precision and finesse. Players raised on skinning full-backs through twinkled-toed runs courtesy of some nimble D-pad control might be disappointed. It’s now much harder to beat your man. The pay-off? It now feels way more rewarding when you actually do.


Passing the ball no longer feels like playing Subbuteo

In PES 2009 the cow’s hide felt a little too light (like it had been pumped full of helium) . With no real weight behind the ball, passing was always quick, but not that true to life. Thank the footballing gods the PES team, obviously realising this flaw, have done significant work on the match engine to make ball physics more realistic.

Passing now feels much more substantial than before, with a real sense of weight and momentum. Because of this, it’s much easier to misplace short balls. So it’s now crucial you place your passes by pointing in the precise direction with the analogue stick.


It looks slick as an Arsenal counter attack

If last year’s PES was fugly like Wayne Rooney, then this year's version is dreamy like Fernando Torres . We might as well tell you why it looks so much better, while we try to pick up the shattered remains of our tattered manhood. More than the improved player models, which now have more realistic physiques, it's the drastically revamped lighting system that catches the eye.

Whether you’ve playing in an evening game with warm, gentle rays illumining the teams or squinting during a daytime match, as harsh sunlight actually obscures your view of the goal, the new lighting gives the game a graphical fidelity and believability like never before. And we don’t fancy Torres that much. Honestly.

11 comments

  • Mackster-901 - August 21, 2009 12:29 a.m.

    ill jus stik 2 fifa ive nevr bought another football game so i wont start now
  • CARLINNIT - August 20, 2009 8:43 p.m.

    Hmm... I'm weary about this from what I've seen. I'll probably end up buying both this and FIFA, as usual... but FIFA sounds to be the better game from what I've read in OPM and other magazines I waste my money on. Although I get OPM for free - yay! (letter of the month) Anyway! Yeah, I'm not sure about Pro Evos chances this year. FIFA is growing...fast.
  • starrs77 - August 20, 2009 6:20 p.m.

    Grrr i was just gona get fifa but now I dont know,if its as big an improvement as it seems then I just might stick with PES.
  • Jordo141 - August 20, 2009 5:24 p.m.

    I'm buying both FIFA and PES this year.
  • gman65playa - September 22, 2009 3:06 a.m.

    im getting pes im sure the improvements will be great!!!
  • Seabread - August 26, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    i bet PES still can't get the fundamentals right. even FIFA has massive flaws. not to mention the annual iteration that brings very little that's new (or should have been done in the first place). prime example - both titles are bringing 360 deg dribbling. WOW! why wasn't this in the game ever since analogue sticks were added to controllers? PES points are gone? great, but they still measure in meters (should be yards) still employ Clive Tildsley (who doesn't know shit and is about as charismatic as rape) and menus still look like shit. FIFA's polish (and official licences) make for a much better game tho they could do with adding a more extensive editor and the ability to switch between teams when making transfers (as opposed to dropping out to the menu EVERY FUCKING TIME!) until EA and Konami pull their fingers out and employ some proper beta testers (preferably people with actual "knowledge of football" instead of "opinions on soccer") all football games will consistently have huge errors and flaws. I'm missing this years footie games out of my "must buy" list. i still enjoy FIFA'09 and with very little added i see no reason to cough up another £50 for either
  • dahsif - August 23, 2009 8:58 a.m.

    I used to buy ISS/PES every single year on PS and PS2. Now, it's not that I don't trust your previews GR, but I'll wait a little longer till PES proves itself again. I may have to give some of my money to EA, that's the least I can do for not buying Dead Space and other good original IP's from the people I used to hate.
  • grandinquisitor - August 21, 2009 6:08 a.m.

    really, based on how good fifa 09 was and how bad pes 09 was, I think I'll stick with fifa
  • crumbdunky - August 20, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    Wonsauto-it's purely because, in England and Scotland(less so in the egg shaped ball crazy Wales and not-very-good-at Footy NI) nearly every man regardless of position on the Geek register still feels a religious feervour towards the beautiful game. Whereas in the US their sport appears to be designed totally around fitting in ad breaks these days-and possibly the US Radar guys were geeky and as a result have no interest in Basketball(which is a game for freakishly tall people and noone else) or Gridiron(a game for over muscled people and not medium/normal sized folk)and find Baseball as boring as most of the (ignorant) world finds Cricket. Also they may be embarrassed that noone else plays their sports because they're inherently not for normal sized people OR are interminably dull or unwatchable like Ice Hockey which everyone seems to play but noone likes til there's a fight. Besides you can't even see a puck if it's hit well. So, in short, because Football is great and a viable sport for any body shape/race(even fatties-see Jan Molby, the old Mattheus and the great Puskas)while US sports are TV centric, playable only by freakishly proportioned/muscled people or just lame! One day, when the US gets bored of winning at sports only they(and Cuba or Canada)play or get a decent mens footabll team OR manage to enjoy bitching about losing like we English then the US may join in the rest of the world's love of the only truely poetic sport, everyman's game-Football! BTW-I kid, I kid.;) Viva Chelsea! Viva Carlo!
  • npb1979 - August 20, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    this is exactly what they say before the release of each pro evo game every year.
  • WonsAuto - August 20, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    I find it interesting that while the US editors for the most part don't care about sports games at all, the UK editors can't seem to nitpick PES and FIFA enough. Not a complaint, just interesting. recaptcha: BankAmericard dizzied

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