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

The animation is much more life-like

The animation system has been sent to a tough training camp, forced to hit the weights and is now finally match fit for the first time in years. Yup, player movement now looks like actual humans running about, rather than a bunch of slightly stiff metaliic men.

Movement, both on and off the ball, looks more fluid and natural than before. There’s a greater variety in animations for different players, too. So now you can really tell the difference between a Kaka (who looks elegant and powerful bombing down the wing). And a Kuyt (who looks more ponderous and clumsy). Compared to last year, it’s like going from the Conference to the Champions League.

Master League has actually changed… a bit

The first bit of good news? They’ve sacked off the stupid, make-believe PES points. Now, when signing new players, you’ll deal in your chosen currency, whether that’s Pounds, Dollars or Euros. The whole menu system is also more streamlined, making it easier to switch between transfers, training and managing your club's finances.

You’ll actually have to balance the books in PES 2010 and a lot of your time will be taken up sorting out sponsorships deals and managing the wages of club personnel. Better still, there’s now a youth academy to bring through those promising, young Ecuadorian wings-backs. And Konami have at last implemented the Champions and (and newly acquired) Europa Leagues into the mode.

They’ve fixed free-kicks

In the past, decoding the art of PES’ free-kicks felt like some sort of black magic. Almost impossible to get any sort of consistency, the system felt hugely unfair and random. So when we step up this year with Ronaldo in his freshly unboxed Madrid shirt we’re not expecting much. Five seconds later, after we’ve rocketed a piledriver in off the bar from all of 35 metres, we can safely say free-kicks have been fixed.

The flight of the ball no longer feels like it’s on some predetermined path. Thanks to the new physics, free-kicks feel weighty and exciting. For the first time since PES 5, it actually seems you can hit the ball into the same areas consistently. It means we’re now more than happy to draw a foul, because stepping up to smack a set piece feels alive with possibility.

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  • 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
  • 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