My last great footie game was PES5. Since then PES imo has been below par, uninspiring, forgettable and downright disappointing. FIFA has improved a lot since and I did buy the last few additions. However FIFA hasn't lasted more than 2 months in my PS3 console on any recent games, the computer AI is bad and not very deep. (not played FIFA13 yet tho)
Enter PES 2013 DEMO:
Most PES Demos have been terrible, choppy, broken and have put me off the game but the latest demo was so much improved and so much fun. I bought PES 2013 confident that this was a game I could play all the way till PES 2014, this could be the one!
Positives: Gameplay, Manual passing/shooting, Player ID. More animations. Player individuality, good pace, shooting feels weighty, A.I improved. EDIT option files have auto copy!
Play with the top teams and you really can tell they are similar to their real life counterparts, playing with Real Madrid can be fun but too easy. Start a ML season with the default clubs and build your team from the bottom, buying players and nurturing your own young talent. You really have to play to their limited strengths and this becomes an interesting challenge.
Negatives: (much the same from previous iterations)
Animations and collision models need improving.
Sound track still poor, presentation and commentary below par
Lack of EPL Licences, Player ratings always seem off.
Konami don't update players ratings/form as much as
EA, shooting seems too easy, finesse shots too easy.
Arcade boot modifiers to boost players ratings via boots!
No League mode.
All in all this is a big improvement. Most of the negatives are the same every year, Konami concentrate more on the game play aspects. PES needs more work but with the emphasis on gameplay and realism this game can be great.
Maybe with the next gen Console we can get a more polished Glossy PES?
Now I get a playable fun game, highly recommend.