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PES 2011: Pro Evolution Soccer

Released on 08 October 2010

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The PES range has long been regarded as offering incredible realism and control, but PES 2011 will reinvigorate the series with the most advanced raft of gameplay additions, control options, and animations to meet the evolution of real-life football. Central to its total freedom of play, PES 2011 introduces a power bar for each player that allows the user to determine the exact strength and placement of every pass and shot. Balls can now be spread absolutely anywhere with utter precision, with long balls into space, short passes to feet and intricate one-twos allowing the player to dictate play and control the tempo of a match.

This freedom of play is also extended via new AI routines designed to place every move and decision in the player's hands. No longer will assisted AI intervene during matches; users will now need to sense and react to threats; and passes will not automatically reach the nearest player. Instead, all-new routines facilitate complete control both of the player and their chosen actions in every respect to give the player sublime control over every movement.

Key to PES 2011's new approach is a specially-designed control system that allows total control over every element of play. The triangulation of passes and making space using clever runs becomes paramount, and build-up play is everything. Likewise, dribbling and close control are tougher to master, and the days of making streaking runs through the centre of the park are over, as PES mirrors the real-life football.

The result is the most complete and realistic PES to date. PES 2011 delivers an evolved experience that still has the key PES ethos of skill and realism at its core.

PES 2011 features a myriad of additions, all designed to enhance the overall experience. The game's difficulty level has been upped thanks to the greater control on offer, while new camera angles showcase the game's stunning visuals and animation. Likewise, in accordance with the strong wishes of the fan base, both referees and goal keepers have been improved in both aesthetic and AI terms, while an all-new commentary process has been implemented that offers a better and less repetitive overview of the proceedings.
  • Total Control: PES Productions has enhanced the 360-degree passing ratio, offering unprecedented levels of control over every pass, shot, throw-in, through ball and lofted through balls. This allows users to pass the ball into space, and move their play with total freedom. Players must precisely weight their passes and second-guess the runs of their team-mates and exploit their movement. Players even can apply pressure on opponents to force them off the ball.
  • New Defender AI: Defenders now hold their positions naturally, no longer chasing any ball that enters their area - preferring to close down the attacker and force them into a mistake.
  • Animation and Player Physics: PES Productions has totally reworked every element of in-game animation. These additions will become clear before even kick-off, with the players enjoying fluid, natural movements, with more realistic acceleration and inertia than ever before. The physicality between players is also improved, which was a priority requested in PES forums. Jostling and blocking now looks stunning, while there is a larger variety of convincing tackling styles. Ambient animation also adds immensely to the in-game atmosphere, as players behave realistically when off the ball, and walk and run with a variety of individual styles.
  • Speed of Play: The new level of control means that PES 2011 enjoys a more considered pace of play, which varies dependent on situations. The game will burst into life as counter-attacks come into play, but players can dictate the pace via slow build up or exploiting available space to surge forward. It is harder to make long runs from midfield, and successful play will depend on making quick passes to make room.
  • Aesthetics: PES 2010 showcased the best likenesses in a football game, and PES 2011 ups the ante further. Facial animation has been enhanced, but the key advances are over 1000 all-new animations which have been recreated from the ground up using over 100 hours of motion captured footage. Every aspect of player movement has been reworked, with more organic runs, turns, throw-ins, tackles, and interaction. The way players speed up and slow down is also more natural, while replays display elements of motion blur that bring your saved goals to vivid life.
  • Tactical and Strategy: The sheer number of options available in the PES series has established it as a remarkably flexible simulation, allowing players to stamp their playing style on each match. The PES Productions team has implemented an all new 'Drag and Drop' mechanism that can be used in every aspect of team management, not just substitutions or formation changes. These settings are also animated to promote better understanding of the plays that have been altered.
  • Feint settings: PES has always offered a wide range of subtle skills, feints and turns, but PES 2011 allows users to map their favourite move sequences to the right stick, making them more accessible than ever before.
  • Master League Online: Master League will offer an all-new challenge, as users are invited to try their hand against other managers online. PES 2011 will mark the online debut for its much-loved Master League element, with players bidding against each other for the world's best players, and attempting to build a squad that can compete with the best against online peers all over the globe.

    PES 2011: Pro Evolution Soccer

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 Returning, Finally

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Any PES fan from years ago knows that this game has somewhat dramatically dipped since the next gen (ok PES6 was ok, but it still wasn't the massive improvement we expected/wanted). I am one of these, played it since the PS1 days and probably on SEGA if ISS was anything to do with it.

I can remember the amount of hours spent after school meticulously playing through Master League season after season, just so I could make the ultimate team after starting with rubbish, bar of course Castillo, Minanda (Miranda - the names always seem to change slightly) and perhaps Ivarov the GK, how I remember these names I don't know. Think they are just embedded in my subconscious mind from the amount of game hours spent.

Therefore, it's been like a divorce in the last few years where I've unfortunately had to switch sides to FIFA (which has undoubtedly got better) though I still felt obliged to purchase Pro Evo each year.

There's something that FIFA doesn't have and that's the uniqueness of each individual game, each match feels the same, a sunny, bland, drab game (unless you're in a licensed stadium) then you guessed it, a one-on-one goal in the bottom corner after holding the through ball button (this still happens in 11) and I do play it on the highest level.

Therefore, it was to my amazement that reviewers were genuinely liking PES this year. Though 10 did make some improvements it was still lacking a bit. This year is completely different. It's the first PES since PES6 where I actually enjoy playing it and want to continue playing it.

It's finally caught my imagination again, those late minute goals, cracking completely off the cuff goals, then of course the time the AI will bang one in to win 1-0 when you've been dominating all game, even 0-0's can be interesting on this!

The passing is excellent far better than FIFA's as you can actually lose possession on this with fair ease if you misplace passes.

Why the 4 star? I still don't think it's the best it can be and I think it can be improved in some aspects. I'm not talking about licensing/commentary, that never used to bother me years ago so why should it now? I think from the old days even the player names weren't right in the EPL so at least that's there! A few hours in edit mode will sort out all of those problems if you really are that bothered anyway. It's more the keepers being really dumb at times still, they used to be solid back on the original PES at least until PES3 from memory. Also, the animations do look slightly unpolished and unrealistic at times.

I think with a bit of refinement next year this really could be the game that is generally felt as the best footie game on offer again. I thought ever since FIFA went on top they'd ruin it, especially when they'd add features like finesse shots and make a celebration, then make a team celebration, I mean, really that's more key to a football game than improving the gameplay?!

I do own FIFA, I do own Pro. Personally I think Pro Evo nicks it this year simply due to it's individuality in games. No game seems the same, the game is hard (which is good), no more long runs through the team.

Well done to Konami, let's just hope they build on this next year and don't go the way they did with 2008.

 MUCH IMPROVED!!!

| | See all jollyboi2010's reviews (3)

If like me you have played all PES games thus far you will appreciate that in the past few yearss that game has pretty much lacked anything special. the game was one paced most of the time and trying to select the right defender to defend with and pass to the correct person at times was A NIGHTMARE!!!. however...
this new release ticks all the boxes. the total freedom in passing truely shows if you are as good as you think you are at football games. with the total control and movement of the ball you can create spectacular goals. the graphics are just amazing and the new game plan features give youeven more authority with players behaviours. PES IS BACK! the demo gives you a taste of whats to come but my pre-order is in and i recommend any true football gamer to do the same!

 Terribly disappointing.

| | See all SerialChanter's reviews (1)

I can't believe all the positive reviews.

I am an ardent advocate of ISS (as it should be called) and didn't think last years was great, particularly after the glorious games of the previous 10-15 years, but think this years is even worse.

They didn't address any of the problems from the last one and only broke the things that worked well. It still takes way too long to get a first time ball away and to turn with the ball even with the best players.

The button is too sensitive when you don't want it to be (i.e. in loads of space with nobody around you the bar will just fill up and be smacked out of play), and won't react at all when you want a fast touch in a tight spot.

The power bar itself for all passes is a terrible addition and the total lack of sense when you play a short pass is very frustrating, playing a reverse pass to the nearest man is impossible and I don't have double jointed hands to maneuver the sticks that quick.

Shooting is awful. Totally mucked it up and again there is an almost invisible line between the ball trickling to the keeper and blazing it over the bar.

And Since when did the right back from Cluj gain the ability to outrun Lionel Messi at full pace.

 Best pes in years!

| | See all Dantaous's reviews (20)

I used to love pes on the ps2 but when it made the next gen jump it never really moved forward and fifa took its place as footy champ but now after playing both fifa11 and pes11 im happy to say pes is back. The graphics are superb and the gameplay is much smoother. Cant wait for final game.

 PES is back!

| | See all krantirana's reviews (1)

ive always been a PES fan but 09 and 10 were awful so converted to fifa instead.

downloaded the demo last night and all i can say is thank god! still needs a bit of work but it just feels so much better than the previous versions.

graphics are awsome, gameplay excellent, and love the fact you dont have any assistance with passing etc makes it much more realistic and challenging.

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