PES 2012 continues Konami’s determination to listen to its fanbase and make key improvements to the aspects the audience demands. Thus, the focus for PES 2012 is to ensure the highest level of playability, challenge and realism for the game, whilst also improving the level of control offered to users. Fundamental changes to all areas of its AI have been made following user feedback. Similarly, teamwork is central to how the game moves and feels, enabling fans to replicate anything they would see in a real match.
Active AI: PES 2012 strives to recreate the movement and team ethic of real football, and Active AI plays a vital role in this. Players will no longer flock to a ball, but will make intelligent runs to create space and draw markers, while others will make themselves available, instigate runs, and visibly call for the ball. In the box, support players will make diagonal decoy runs, full backs will overlap on the wings and midfielders will provide support from behind the ball. The new Active AI routines ensure the flow of a match is more natural, with specific routines for both attack and defence. Hold-up play implemented last year has been improved for easier control with more effectiveness. Defending as a unit plays a key role, and players now hold a tight line, check on the distance between each other, track back as a unit, and fill in for each other. As individuals they also make better decisions to close space, block and tackle.
Jostling: Physicality is a key component in PES 2012, with player strength one of their key individual attributes, and having a vital effect on how they can use their strength to win the ball in a one-on-one situation. Players now fall depending on how they are challenged, with more realistic animations used to show the challenges between two jostling players.
Graphics: Several aspects of the game have enjoyed a huge overhaul. Player facial expression is now much richer and the lighting effects are more natural, while new cameras show off the huge variety of pitch-side movement, with more detail on and around the game than ever before.
Off The Ball Control: Equally key to opening up PES 2012 is the ability to highlight any player at any time. A new system has been implemented, allowing users to switch players with ease. In defence, the right stick is now used to select any outfield player, while set pieces are also enhanced through its use. Goal kicks, corners, free kicks and throw-ins now let the user quickly take control of any player off the ball, enabling clever runs which create space for an attack.
Referee AI: Referees are also crucial to general game flow and their AI has been greatly enhanced to ensure fewer interruptions to play. Decisions are improved, and advantage is played much more regularly in offside and free kick scenarios. As such, refs will only intervene when truly necessary, but they will show cards if necessary once play has broken down.
Pass Support: Accessed through the new personal player settings, Pass Support allows users to determine the level of AI assistance when passing the ball. Players can opt for one of five settings from full support, right up to full veteran setting which switches off all assistance so that the direction, weight and speed of every pass is at their disposal.
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PES 2012 is the best game ever! I can't stop playing it.
Definitely the best football simulation on the PS3. Also the competition is not bad, but it is too easy ... PES 2012 is the hardest game in the PES series so far, but it also offers the most. A lot of new ways to attack and defend. The game becomes particularly interesting when your friends visit you or in online mode. Buy it - you will not regret the purchase.
PES 2012: Pro Evolution Soccer is brilliant. I love it!
really good buy, delivery was excellent well packed
Just great! So nice, so real, so addictive. Still no licence for all the teams and players but who cares. A must have.
The PES series continues to grow and build on its foundation as the footballers choice. Active AI and player individuality is amped up for PES2012 and the improvements made by the Konami team ensure that the games play out like its real life counterpart. Not using defensive guile and swift counter attack will see the likes of Ajax struggle against the deadly Lionel Messi and co whilst playing against the likes of Ado den Haag promises to give a different atmosphere and level of difficulty to the game. Lots of on line modes like Master League On line, Become a Legend an old favourite Master league and Champions League licensed mode will ensure hours of entertainment... this is football at its best.
As every year I still do the pre order for the PES 2012. This year was no exception. In terms of gaming PES 2012 presents itself as a much harder game than its previous version. With a new set of features regarding player control, it can be difficult to assimilate so many new things. Anyhow, in an overall rating, the game is much more fun than its previous version. Easy to attack, much harder to defend.