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PES 2010

For: iPhone   Also on: Mobile, PSP

A little bit pro, a little bit of an evolution

Product: Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 | Publisher: Konami | Format: iPhone | Genre: Sports | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.00
 
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If you've been lusting after Pro Evolution's iPhone debut, you've assuredly been hoping it's been worth the wait.

It's a pleasure to report, thankfully, that there's a palpable sense throughout PES 2010 that Konami, rather than stalling its release, has simply been working from a more ambitious blueprint than its rivals. Perhaps for the first time, PES 2010 feels less like a football game for iPhone and more like a bonafide football game.

Its greater ambition is best highlighted by the sheer proficiency of its three – yes, three – control methods.

The default setup has you take charge using a virtual analogue stick on the left, and two buttons on the right for passing, shooting, pressurising, and tackling. No doubt it'll be familiar if you've tackled football on iPhone before.

One touch, one goal

It's the one touch setup, however, that impresses the most.

The analogue stick remains, but all other actions are triggered by taps made elsewhere on the screen. Short touches instigate passes when you're in possession. Conversely, holding a finger to the screen results in a shot - a power bar pops up at the bottom letting you know just when you should let go.

The game handles your inputs similarly when out of possession, though full-on tackles are usually only triggered when your player is in a position to do so without chopping his opponent's limbs off as a result.

Even the accelerometer setup – which, admittedly, takes some getting used to – has its strengths, turning what is otherwise a passer's paradise into a battle of the long, winding runs.

The one touch passes are thankfully retained here, with all other movement handled by tilting the device in the direction of your choosing.

When in possession, this works especially well: dribbles into the box past two or three defenders are commonplace. However, defending can become difficult because it's hard to see what's going on when the screen is tilted to and fro.

Pass and move

Nevertheless, the fact that such care has been paid to controls that could easily have been strapped on as a gimmick shows the level of care invested into PES 2010 as a whole. This is a game with high standards, and the impression is only strengthened by the matches themselves.

On the pitch, PES 2010 is very much a thinking man's game. Matches feel slow compared to the likes of FIFA 10 or X2 Football 2010, but they're never short on action because the AI is the best yet seen on iPhone.

Your teammates make runs at just the right time, meaning creating chances comes from holding possession until you spot them in open space. This gives each game a real sense of flow, and the defences you have to pick apart are no pushover, either.

As such, PES 2010 does something fundamental that none of its rivals has managed: it teaches you something in defeat.

There's little luck here. If you lose, it's usually because the other team has opened you up fair and square, rather than because the opposition has put together a scrappy goal or your back line has handed them a chance on a plate.

Seeing Reds?

As a result, it's perfectly possible to watch a match unfold on PES 2010 as it might in real life.

The fact that the player animations are a league above those offered by the game's rivals – making FIFA and co. look visually archaic, at times – does no harm, either.

It's a pity such confidence couldn't have been driven into any form of online mode, which is sadly lacking.

PES 2010 also suffers from a lack of licences – while it appears to have a full roster of Italian and Spanish teams, for instance, the English league is populated by fictitious alternatives.

Even the Champions League and Europa League have mixed line ups, with the likes of Liverpool popping up, but Manchester Utd predictably substituted with the Manchester Reds.

Regardless, while some of its opposition can boast all the big names, PES 2010 can console itself with having the best engine out there.

The matches are a genuine step up from anything that's come before, and while such solid foundations still manage to leave plenty of room for improvement, PES 2010 proves to be just as great as it is late.
 
PES 2010
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Keith Andrew | 14 June 2010
A consummate professional, PES 2010 proves just what we've been missing: a solid football sim with impressive AI, excellent controls, and a knack for the passing game
 
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Anonymous | 14:06 - 21 August 2010
help! this game (v1.30) keeps crashing at loading screen on my iphone 3g os 3.1.2??? ive tried everything!
Anonymous | 19:20 - 8 July 2010
Are you kidding me. It still freezes my iphone. Buy FIFA or the gameloft game. I will give this 2/10 for decent graphics but you can check the latest reviews and it still freezes the iphone (3GS or 4G). Maybe next time. How to get a refund
Anonymous | 12:43 - 8 July 2010
With the drawbacks (mainly 1 point for inability to switch players, and 1 point for no multiplayer of any sort), this game is easily an 8/10 (esp when FIFA got 8/100 too).

The game play may be slow but it is the most realistically paced game available. Even when you are running and attempt to pass the ball half way through a sprint, you cannot - the solution is to use your head and slow your pace and pcik your passes rather than do Forest Gumps from one end of the pitch to the other

Anonymous | 00:39 - 5 July 2010
i also found the game boring pretty fast. cant customize your team very much, cant perform the moves from the original game (which is what makes this game fun for me), no multiplayer (???) and u cant even play a decent world cup

as a PES fun, im rather disappointed.
Anonymous | 11:54 - 29 June 2010
How does it run on an iPhone 4? Seems unplayably slow on everything else..
Anonymous | 11:52 - 29 June 2010
Shame it plays so damn slow.
Anonymous | 22:02 - 26 June 2010
I just found out that while were being charged £5.99 the Americans get it for a shocking $1.99... I guess we have a national football fan tax
Anonymous | 17:29 - 24 June 2010
I agree with the review, definitely a step up from FIFA/X2. The game works well on my 3G and great on my 4.
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Keith Andrew | 17:17 - 16 June 2010
Sorry, what am I accused of being a fanboy of? :)
Anonymous | 09:36 - 15 June 2010
I really don’t understand how you can rate this game 9 when there are so many faults with it. I believe PES 2010 has plenty of potential but having played this non-stop since the early hours of Sunday, and feeling highly frustrated with it, I have discovered the following issues:

• The overall difficulty of this game is too easy. I have been playing on the hardest setting and find the AI don’t offer enough of a challenge (and believe me, I am no expert player)
• Unable to switch between players during play which makes defending and passing very difficult and frustrating. This is a fundelmental need in any football game
• Unable to chip or lob goal keepers. Unable to perform diving headers or overhead kicks. The chance of scoring the same type of goal all of the time is high
• Players are slow to respond to your actions – not helped by the frequent slow frame rate
• No real tactics editor available. You can only set basic formations. You can’t select set-piece takers or style of play i.e. defensive, attacking, all out attacking
• No online multiplayer feature available. A must have in today’s videos games
• The weather options do not work
• I can understand that many of the club kits won’t be correct due to licencing permissions but how can Brazil not play in their classic yellow shirt and Portugal play in orange!! Surely national teams don’t require licencing permissions?

Because of the above, I would only give this game a 6 at best. Hopefully the update will improve on the game and give it the 9 as awarded here.
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