GameInfo: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is the eleventh edition in the Pro Evolution Soccer series developed and published by Konami vvith production assistance from the Blue Sky Team.
PES 2012's gameplay is primarily a refinement of PES 2011, vvith fewer big changes than the previous iteration but many smaller improvements and changes in areas such as artificial intelligence, speed, animation, and physics.
Among the new features is the Teammate Control system, vvhere a secondary player may be controlled, either during play, or at a set piece or throvv-in. This allovvs players to be placed precisely, make runs, and shake off markers before calling for the ball. Manual and assisted versions of the feature are available for varying degrees of difficulty and control.
Refereeing has been improved and includes a full implementation of the advantage rule, with the referee pulling back play for bookings after the ball goes out of play. The "catch-up bug", where defenders vvould catch dribbling attackers too easily, regardless of the attacker's pace, will be addressed. Gameplay is more fluid, vvith better response vvhen controlling the ball, and goalkeepers have been improved with new animations and generally more reliable goalkeeping performances.
Artificial intelligence has been improved over previous PES games, for example AI players will play more thoughtfully vvhen defending rather than simply applying pressure, and AI teammates will make more intelligent movement decisions.
Chronic Review: I have to admit that I am not at all interested in sports. I am a product of modern society, where staying fit and active equates to hitting the gym and lifting weights. It’s convenient and it doesn’t let competition get in the way of the goal. Sports have never been something I have been much interested in outside of the scope of baseball. Playing sports is something that almost never crosses my mind, and watching them on television less so. But playing them in video game form? I have always scoffed at the idea. That is the reason why when Konami sent me a copy of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, I contemplated sending it back with a note to let them know that I was in no way qualified to review the game. After much convincing from friends, however, I gave it a shot and played it enough to want to write a review of it. Did it manage to capture me, someone who finds the sports game genre to be absolutely alien? Short answer? “Yes.” Long answer? Read on. Read Full Review
CVG: PES 2012 faces the same long battle as its predecessor. It's a new year, a new season but the same uphill struggle for Konami in the battle for virtual football glory.
Why? Because of the rival. Have a look at our FIFA 12 review and you'll see another fantastic follow up, with EA Sports snapping up some big name features and having the balls to shake up its winning formula to incorporate them. Read Full Review
Vantage Magazine: Times have changed in the footballing game world. Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) was a country mile ahead of its rival, FIFA, back in the PS2 days. Cometh the new generation of consoles though and cometh a change in the balance of play, FIFA quickly found new form whereas PES made huge strides; backwards. Of course this is old news for any footy fan and whilst FIFA has settled into its role as number one football game and kept its core very similar, PES has continued to make vast changes with every iteration in order to regain that position, without ever really managing it. We recount this brief history for one reason; for the first time since the days of the 360 and PS3 we think that PES might just have what it takes. Read Full Review
7outof10.co.uk: "What those cumulatively add up to is an attack and defensive cycle that even one-ups FIFA 12 in certain lights. Lighting and stadium detail is also a notch above EA’s offering, with the trademark Japanese obsession with minutia present and correct in terms of proudly recreated lettering on kits and pitch-side activity. " Read Full Review
Eurogamer.pt: "PES 2012 is the game that fans have been seeking. Even where it is evolving, but at least we were convinced that "Seabass" has found a path and a direction to give to your simulator. The detachment in relation to previous games is not great, but the "gameplay" is better." Read Full Review
GamingBolt: "The game does do what it sets out to do remarkably well. No man can be faulted for disliking the style of gameplay or loving it, and PES’s approach to Soccer certainly has its admirable qualities which set it distinctly apart from the competition. If you are a fan of the technical side of soccer, and enjoy having as much control over the game state at any point in time as you can muster, PES may just be a better fit for you than FIFA. If you are already a fan of PES, you will find that Konami has further improved the experience this time around and this game is a worthy successor to the PES line. Read Full Review
T3: FIFA versus Pro Evo: Yes, It’s that time of the year once again when the two biggest football games go head-to-head with the EA Sports franchise having the better of the most recent battles Read Full Review
Minimum system requirements:
- Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7
- Processor Intel Pentium IV 2.4GHz or equivalent
- 1 GB RAM
- DirectX 9.0c compatible video card. Pixel shader 3.0 with 128 MB of RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon x1300)
Recommended system requirements:
- Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7
- Processor Intel Core2 Duo 2.0GHz or equivalent
- 2 GB RAM or better
- DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with Pixel shader 3.0 512MB RAM (AMD ATI Radeon HD2600 or NVidia GeForce 7900 or better)
Genre: Sport (Soccer) / 3D
Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Release Date: September 27, 2011