I have to admit I am 100% happy... After last years edition, I was really in 2 minds whether to buy the game or not, as I thought last years edition was not very good..
After having a real go at PES 2010 over the last week or so, I am blown away... First of all the game play is incredible, much more realistic, the best thing about it is that you can't dash through the entire team with the likes of Ronaldo or Messi, you have to really work for your goals.. The passing is really good, through balls have to be precise and well timed, especially the run of the player it is intended for. Shooting is alot better, accuracy is the key.. There is no hit and hope which is a great addition, the game won't be as easy...
1 thing I have tried out which I've never done before is using specific tactics and utilising a strategy. On PES 2010, it is really effective using specific tactics, for example when I played Real Madrid and Barcelona, I never bothered using any strategy, just chnaged my formation and got passed off the park with players everywhere.. However when I changed some of the tactics such as increasing pressure and pressing the opposition, it was completely different. Your players actually force mistakes and close down really quickly and cut out passes alot... A little hint for when you play Real Madrid and Barcelona :-) However be aware that the ref can be a little biased and some fouls are not given to you, I've had plenty of penalties not given to me... This really needs to be changed, I've even got away with some tackles that are along the lines of GBH... It can be frustrating because it tends to happen at crucial stages of the match..
Also when setting your tactics, players stay in position, this a really good step up for PES 2010 because the last 2 editions, I have been frustrated when the opposition breaks down the wings and my centre backs drift out to the full back position leaving huge gaps in the middle... PES 2010 tactics alter this and you'll notice the difference when playing.
Reason I have given 4 stars is because of the same problem, Goalkeepers. Although they have improved massively, they still have dodgy moments at key times.. There are alot of cases where they save with there legs when they could easily just pick the ball up. Some goals I have scored and conceded are where the shot is low and hard at the keeper and it deflects off the keepers legs and goes in.. Another thing is when they rush out, sometimes they are very slow, don't come out or come out way too late... I always hope every year that keepers are tweaked, but Konami are getting there..
Master League includes the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, makes it more realistic... I've finished a season on the Master League, it is the best version up to now and hopefully it'll be better next year.. Realistic transfer values, wages etc. It is difficult to buy players but some transfers are very very very unrealistic... I'm Inter, tried buying David Silva and he went to Benfica :-S ????
1 thing to note is Level Pro may become a little too easy after a few games.
I can't really comment about online play because I've only had 5 matches where I had no problems at all.. Last years edition I had alot of jittering etc..
The graphics are a major improvement, the players look more realistic and life like, the stadiums are amazing, more choice including Old Trafford..
Overall this game is no let down... It is a big step up for Konami and hopefully they will improve on this next year without moving anything out... BUY NOW!!!
Ps. When you play a high pressing game and mark Ronaldo out of the game, he gets a little angry and fouled alot.. He's been sent off twice against me :-D