PES 2013 Hands-On Preview

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 6 Comments 13 Votes 1978 Views 17/08/2012 Back to Articles

Pro Evolution Soccer, or Winning Eleven as it's known in Japan and North America, has been a staple in sports video games since the mid-90s, when it set the standard for realistic sports simulation.  The series dropped off the mark earlier this generation as its competitor, EA Sports’ FIFA series, took the mantle as the must-have football game on the market.  Now, after a modest last few entries, PES 2013 is a redesigned ‘Winning Eleven’ experience, turning to community feedback to overhaul its gameplay mechanics.

The result?  The new FullControl and Player ID systems, while not especially easy to grasp, take the series in a whole new direction, and seemingly for the better.  The gameplay is smooth but tough, making scoring a challenge but certainly more rewarding.  The most obvious difference is that PES 2013 doesn’t feel quite as “arcadey” as last year’s game, which seemed to take a page out of FIFA’s book of accessibility rather than create an experience of its own.  With PES 2013 the game returns to its root, dictating precise passing, perfectly timed through-balls and clean shots, making for a satisfying football gaming experience.

Get the Adobe Flash Player to see this video.
Check out FullControl gameplay in action!


Players seem lighter yet also have an added sense of stiffness, a nice balance compared to last year’s games where player controller was inconsistent and unpredictable; a quick turn now not only looks realistic but feels realistic, while sprinting with the ball is neither overdone or underdone, making for quick bursts of speed that aren’t quite fast enough to pull away from an opponent but are enough to keep the player ahead with some advantage.

PES games over the last few years didn’t quite feel like the original Winning Eleven games from last generation.  I was admittedly one of those obsessed gamers that would import the Japanese version of the franchise, just to be that wannabe cool guy with the different boxart and commentary.  Believe it or not, PES was once the dominant football title going around, at least in the early years of the 00s.  That quality decimated over the years, and the series didn’t dictate quite the same amount of skill and delicate execution, but I’m happy to report that PES 2013 seems like a big step in the right direction: it’s tough, punishing, rewarding and frustrating, elements I think are important for any sports game to offer that true sense of realistic competitive gaming, be it against the AI or friends.

Get the Adobe Flash Player to see this video.
Check out PlayerID AI contro in action!

Most impressive about the game’s mechanics is the level of precision needed to pull them off: while the mapping of a full manual shot seems simple (L2+left analog square), you need to manage it with time, speed and precision, all without getting tackled by an opponent.  In actually trying to pull off one of these “full control” maneuvers it’s easy to see just how deep the gameplay can get.  While you can try for a simple, quick shot at the goals, you’ll rarely get the ball past the relentless AI-controlled keeper, and the manual shots seem like a far more appealing proposition going forward.  They’re no easy feat to pull off, though, and this is what makes PES 2013 feel tougher and more real than it has in previous years.  It seems like the PES development team has refined the manual controls for the better.

If one thing stands out about PES 2013, it’s that it truly feels like a game for the “hardcore”: in being less reliant on basic mechanics and more focused on manual controls, gamers are encouraged to experiment with the game’s control offerings, expanding how you interact with your team and hit the back of the net.  Furthermore, with things like “Response Defending” -- which allows you to pressure the ball handler and tackle more efficiently, among other things -- scoring doesn’t need to be at the forefront of your strategic gameplay, which gives the game a more rounded and balanced football feel.

By Gaetano Prestia

 
Link to us http://PS3.mmgn.com/Articles/pes-2013-preview
Vote for this article Log in with Facebook

More Info on PES 2013

PES 2013 PES 2013 PES 2013 PES 2013 PES 2013 PES 2013 PES 2013

PES 2013 Hands-On Preview Comments

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
Played against @Tyrus and our only score was when I sent in a corner, it went straight to his player. he them kicked it to his goalie, who turned around and kicked into into my goals.

[MOG]
I've always preferred PES over FIFA, it just feels much better and less like an arcade soccer game. While I'll admit FIFA has gotten better over the years, PES 13 didn't disappoint in the half I played against @Endboss yesterday. My housemates play FIFA online every single day, but I know I'll be sticking to PES again this year!
I should mention I almost scored on numerous other occasions, just missing in fairly realistic soccer fashion.

But it was humorous that our only score was one of the biggest n00b moments of all time :P

Ben said: Played against @Tyrus and our only score was when I sent in a corner, it went straight to his player. he them kicked it to his goalie, who turned around and kicked into into my goals.



Thanks for making my mad PES soccer skills public man. ;P

Tyrus said:

Ben said: Played against @Tyrus and our only score was when I sent in a corner, it went straight to his player. he them kicked it to his goalie, who turned around and kicked into into my goals.


Thanks for making my mad PES soccer skills public man. ;P



You were sensationally awful :P

Beta said:

Tyrus said:

Ben said: Played against @Tyrus and our only score was when I sent in a corner, it went straight to his player. he them kicked it to his goalie, who turned around and kicked into into my goals.


Thanks for making my mad PES soccer skills public man. ;P


You were sensationally awful



It was a classic moment :P

Post a comment

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
  • PES 2013
  • PES 2013
  • PES 2013
  • PES 2013
  • PES 2013
  • PES 2013
  • PES 2013
  • PES 2013PES 2013 Video
  • PES 2013PES 2013 Video
  • PES 2013PES 2013 Video

Recently Read

Featured PS3 Content

Favourite 2014 game so far?

Favourite 2014 game so far?

19/06/2014 Polls 20 25
Apparently Thief is being made into a movie

Apparently Thief is being made into a movie

Gryllis 3 hours News 0 2
Japan

Japan's censored The Evil Within uncensored with DLC

Gryllis 8 hours News 1 5
Sigourney Weaver in Alien: Isolation DLC

Sigourney Weaver in Alien: Isolation DLC

Tano 8 hours News 7 2
AVCon to prove gamers are social with 18,000 attendees
Gryllis 9 hours News 4 4
Vehicles return to Call of Duty
Tano 9 hours News 0 2
Destiny collector

Destiny collector's editions confirmed for Australia

Gryllis 1 day News 3 6
It’s time to get stuck into this year’s backlog

It’s time to get stuck into this year’s backlog

Gryllis 2 days Articles 9 14
July is officially the worst month to be a console gamer

July is officially the worst month to be a console gamer

Tano 2 days Articles 12 8

Community Content

A New Era For MMGN: Our New HQ

A New Era For MMGN: Our New HQ

23/06/2014 Blog 14 1

MMGN Updates

Status
Updating..
Username

commented on Ano Natsu de Matteru Season 2

Indra608 37 mins ago
Username

Olly , Tano, Mirage commented on Figure Showcase: Azuki Azusa + Yaya

Olly 4 hours ago
Username

Tano, Blak commented on Grass Simulator gets the dubstep trailer we've been waiting for

Tano 5 hours ago
Username

JulianTB just unlocked the Welcomed achievement!

JulianTB 6 hours ago
Username

Mik3y, Tano, Gryllis, maxiboy commented on New flight sim in development using Microsoft's tech

Mik3y 6 hours ago
Username

commented on Figure Showcase: Azuki Azusa + Yaya

zurczner 12 hours ago
Username

stublu is now Level 27!

stublu 12 hours ago