A footy game that is a kick in the pants
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The Pro Evolution Soccer series is back at it with its newest installment, PES 2013. There are plenty of new features and options that make PES ’13 one of the best soccer games on the computer. There are a few hiccups along the way, but for the most part this is a series that looks to improve with each installment it releases. Here is a look into Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 and the why it ranks among the top simulation soccer games available.
The bread and butter of any soccer game comes down to the game play and what it feels like as users are running their players around on the field. In most aspects, Pro Evolution Soccer 13 offers great game play that is comparable to other soccer simulators on the market. The one downside is what sometimes appears to be occasional lag when kicking extra-long distances. For example, it seems like the players have a harder time adjusting to goal kicks than they do with short-distance through-balls. Nonetheless, this one hitch isn’t enough to discredit the overall fun that PES 13 provides with the game play.
In many cases, what makes or breaks a soccer simulation game is the graphics. After all, unlike in some other sports, soccer games are all about the players' faces, their unique hair styles and the way the ball bounces around the pitch. PES 2013 nails the graphics in each of the aforementioned categories. When a player scores, you can see the smiles that come across every player on the team and bench. At the same, the look of disdain on the opponent is equally present. The markings on the field, the way the grass stains the ball and jerseys, and so many other details are thoughtfully detailed in PES 2013.
Soccer games can be touchy when it comes to computer difficulty. After all, it’s a worldly game, and not everyone has the same familiarity of the sport. However, the difficulty options with PES 2013 are quite fair across the board. If you are looking to just run around the field and rack up points on your opponent, you can do so on the lower difficulty levels. But if you step it up a bit, you can expect a bit more of a challenge that increases with each option. One problem that does seem a bit hard to accept is the fact that if you are playing with a good team, Real Madrid or Man U for example, you can still have a hard time with teams that obviously shouldn’t be in the same league. So it makes it a bit difficult to accept a 3-1 loss to a lower-tier team if you are one of the best in the world, even if the computer AI is set to difficult.
Overall Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is yet another installment in a great series of soccer games. It keeps with what works in previous years and works to improve upon the issues that came up short. There is still some room to go, but it is certainly one of the top options for soccer simulators on the PC.
- Huge selection of teams that has increased from previous years.
- Graphics are amazingly detailed.
- User difficulty is typically fair, except when considering the levels of specific teams.
- Some issues with lag on long-ball passes.
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