Early PES 2012 review roundup

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If you are looking to buy PES 2012 later this month you may wonder what game critics have made of the FIFA 12 rival so far, sadly the most reuptable sources havn’t all published their reviews, however we have come across reviews which prove that PES 2012 shouldn’t be written off just yet.

GameSpot’s review scores PES 2012 8 out of 10 and an extract from the review reads: “PES 12 may lack new modes, but substantial improvements to its AI, speed, and controls make it an exciting football game that’s a lot of fun to play”, like previous games the gameplay is pretty fluid, but the lack of team licenses, the fact that there is no new game modes and the annoying commentary hold it back. GameSpot were big fans of the game’s off-the-ball control and the smooth animations, but seemed to suggest that new game modes were needed next time around. You can see their full review here.

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1UP really weren’t too fond of Konami’s 2012 title, they gave it a C+ in their review and you can see it in full here, 1UP’s Sterling McGarvey said that the game felt like it had been rushed, but also said that once you have mastered the off-the-ball system you will find it very rewarding and it adds an extra dimension of gameplay. In terms of animations a few players look realistic, like the way Ronaldo runs down the wing, but on the whole this aspect of the game is disappointing.

VideoGamer and StrategyInformer both score PES 2012 8/10, both sites say that PES 2012 is behind FIFA 12 in many ways, but enjoyable none-the-less, in terms of gameplay it is rewarding, but beyond that you are left wanting more. In terms online play both critics compliment the game, they say that it is lag-free most of the time and rewards people who do not quit matches when they are losing, but VideoGamer’s Chris Schilling points out that when your opponent quits your completion rate suffers – which is unfair, perhaps this will be resolved before the game’s proper release.

Over at MetaCritic 20 reviews have been averages out so far and this has resulted in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game getting a metascore of 79 (out of 100) – however until more reputable critics publish their reviews this shouldn’t be taken too seriously, Konami will be hoping that this score of 79 bumps up to the early 90s as this is what score FIFA 12 has received.

Do you think PES 2012 has been written off too early?

  • Azanisarri

    PES 2012 IS THE BEST….

  • Abdul12abdul12

      PES 2012 IS THE BEST

  • P-rabs

    what eurogamer review  , game informer gave it a 9..

    so far playing FIFA ,, career mode will loose its appeal, and online is ruined by exploits[GK control]..
    disapointed, but a great game

    i cant wait for PES 12 ! its going to be crazy online

  • Dansak

    Pro Evo needs a months playing time before a true review should be written. The game gets better in time like a fine wine :-)