But... the tutorial is awfully idiosyncratic
PES 2013 feels really smooth to play, but with the number of revamped maneuvers, you’ll absolutely need a run through the tutorial mode. Unfortunately, it’s typically PES-obtuse in the most uncharming way. By that, we mean that the introduction of new movesets feels somewhat stilted and confining. If you miss the third step of a three-step maneuver, it’d be nice to re-watch the tutorial videos from where you’re making a mistake. At other times, the instructions could be clearer about what the game wants you to do, and how (a video with where to press and move a stick isn’t enough when AI defenders are breathing down your neck as you try) it really wants you to do it. On more than one occasion, it felt like we cleared a section through sheer luck more than skill.
We don’t like to play backseat developers, but some sort of “early/perfect/late” meter to get the timing right for certain moves would be immense. As it stands (and given the course of Konami’s tutorials for PES), this will likely be the tutorial mode you’ll experience in the final product – at least, the lion’s share of it. Although some of the sections will prove maddening to clear.