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Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

released on September 27, 2011

Platforms: PC3DSPS2PS3360
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 reviews

Platform:
  • 90

    PSM3 Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Arguably less fluid and immediate than its rival FIFA 12, PES 2012's superior single-player game is nevertheless deep, challenging and often outright magical. [Dec 2011, p.102]
  • 90

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Is it better than FIFA? Will the Arse win the league? No and no. [Nov 2011, p.110]
  • 90

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PS3)
    The mechanics that have made the series great in years past have made a return, while new additions like offensive off-ball control add an almost endless number of ways players can attack and score.
  • 90

    Level7.nu

    (platform: PS3)
    On the pitch this is the best PES ever. It lacks a lot in the game modes though and Konami needs to pick up their ambitions for next year.
  • 90

    Game Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    This year's PES title won't change anyone's mind about the series. It hasn't gotten any less complex, but it also hasn't lost any of its brilliance. In that sense, its success is all its own.
  • 90

    GameStar

    (platform: PC)
    Konami has improved the AI a lot and everything just feels smoother and more direct. It's not a revolution, but a more polished and improved version of the game.
  • 89

    Xbox World 360 Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    Tighter, playable and surprisingly deep, only the stilted visuals and ability to explain its intricacies prevent it from becoming the XBW favorite again. [Dec 2011, p.106]
  • 88

    Videogameszone.de

    (platform: 360)
    It's been a terrible year for Konami, they had to suffer through incredible hardship during the catastrophic tsunami-events and were under constant critique for the disappointing PES 2011. But instead of despairing they just gave it all all and returned with the most precise, most fluid and most ambitious PES in years. What the game lacks in terms of licenses and presentation it more than makes up for by sheer supremacy on the pitch. Forget last year's letdown, Konami is back in the race, PES 2012 will give FIFA 12 a serious run for its money.
  • 88

    ImpulseGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    If you haven't played a soccer game for a few years, I would recommend that you check out PES 2012 because it offers both a sturdy single-player and multiplayer engine that has a considerably amount of longevity and replay value.
  • 88

    PC Games (Germany)

    (platform: PC)
    It's been a terrible year for Konami, they had to suffer through incredible hardship during the catastrophic tsunami events and were under constant critique for the disappointing PES 2011. But instead of despairing they just gave it all all and returned with the most precise, most fluid and most ambitious PES in years. What the game lacks in terms of licenses and presentation it more than makes up for by sheer supremacy on the pitch. Forget last year's letdown, Konami is back in the race, PES 2012 will give FIFA 12 a serious run for its money.
  • 88

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: PC)
    PES 2012 delivers a better gameplay than its prequel: it's more funny and succeed to satisfy the player. It's sad that the AI ruins all of this and there aren't any big major steps in the gameplay modes.
  • 87

    3DJuegos

    (platform: Wii)
    Definitely, the best soccer game for Wii, although it doesn't offer any remarkable innovations compared to last year's edition.
  • 87

    Computer and Video Games

    (platform: 360)
    A lot of last year's elements remain but this is ultimately a move away from sim and closer to classic PES on PS2. It's something PES fans will welcome with open arms but FIFA players will have no reason to defect.
  • 86

    Vandal Online

    (platform: PS3)
    A polished evolution of what we saw last year, as if PES 2011 was midway to the goal PES 2012 has achieved. It changes some of the controls, and greatly enhances AI, although it still has its flaws, especially with the goalkeepers. But, above all, PES 2012 is a really engaging and fun football game, with much more variety and charm than previous entries.
  • 85

    Vandal Online

    (platform: Wii)
    PES 2012 is again the best soccer game for the Wii, offering a comprehensive simulation of the sport, allowing any type of strategy and offering plenty of championships to compete in. However, motion controls have been favored in comparison with the traditional games, something which may not be liked by some gamers.
  • 85

    Cynamite

    (platform: 360)
    It is very motivating to feel the progress while playing PES 2012, but it is also very frustrating that the progress comes so slowly. A very good soccer game, but the trophy goes to FIFA 12 this year.
  • 85

    XGN

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 12 is a great soccer game that shouldn't be compared to FIFA 12. PES 2012 is different and is a lot better than other recent games in the franchise.
  • 84

    GameTrailers

    (platform: 360)
    From a gameplay standpoint, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012's minor enhancements add up to a reasonable improvement over last year's entry. Refined AI, improved realism both on and off the ball, and a better sense of pacing add to the depth while maintaining the franchise's fun, addictive spirit.
  • 84

    PC Gamer

    (platform: PC)
    An overhaul of the match engine and lively attacking play bring PES back into contention, but don't expect much from the AI.
  • 83

    Game Revolution

    (platform: PS3)
    To put it frankly, unless you are some die-hard, old school fan of Pro Evolution Soccer, save your pennies and stick with FIFA. PES 2012 isn't a terrible game at all, but head-to-head, it's not the one controlling the ball; it puts on a show that your little brother might like.
  • 82

    Da Gameboyz

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 2012 is definitely a great game and deserves to be looked at by sports fans and soccer fans alike. Sure, the lack of an official FIFA license kind of sucks, but the solid visuals, good sound, and easy to pick up, but tough to master controls make this a virtual soccer game worth playing.
  • 81

    Official Nintendo Magazine UK

    (platform: Wii)
    The best football game on the Wii, but flaws and dated features remain. [Christmas 2011, p.89]
  • 81

    PSFocus

    (platform: PS3)
    While the 2012 iteration of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise is definitely better than its predecessors, it won't even get close to EA's contemporary FIFA masterpiece. The main reasons are the hideously bad AI, the ancient game modes and yet again the lack of proper licensing.
  • 81

    3DJuegos

    (platform: PC)
    PES 2012 is more than just an update for the forgettable PES 2011. It's a huge step forward for the Konami series. The best Pro Evolution Soccer game this gen.
  • 80

    N-Europe

    (platform: Wii)
    The same game as last year, but that's not entirely a bad thing.
  • 80

    games(TM)

    (platform: 360)
    It may sound strange but, where FIFA might be the better football game this year, there's an argument for PES being the better videogame. [Nov 2011, p.115]
  • 80

    GamesRadar

    (platform: 360)
    But for instant pleasure, a deep and meaningful career mode and constant fan-pleasing cosmetics, such as the little camera men turning where the action is, PES 2012 is back on song. Looks like there is room for two top football games this season after all.
  • 80

    Eurogamer

    (platform: 360)
    If you're looking for a more entertaining game of attacking football - and you can laugh about it when one of the game's many remaining rough edges fires a moment of absurdity into a finely poised multiplayer game against a fierce rival - then PES 2012 is well worth investigating.
  • 80

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    The online options are still a little wonky in that they work, but with the Champions League license, we'd like more depth and options in how fans can compete with each other. Nevertheless, the style and impressive ball-movement physics help PES maintain its impressive fidelity.
  • 80

    Playstation Official Magazine Australia

    (platform: PS3)
    So that's Pro Evo 12 ? not massively different to Pro Evo 11, but enough of an improvement to warrant the upgrade. So far as comparisons to FIFA go, our view is that it is neither better nor worse, but simply... different. And that's just fine with us. [Dec 2011, p73]
  • 80

    Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)

    (platform: PS3)
    While comparatively subtle to 2011's makeover, the new coat of polish is still quite noticeable. [Dec 2011, p.73]
  • 80

    GamerNode

    (platform: PS3)
    A solid simulation of the sport, PES 2012 is a good addition to the franchise. With a few tweaks, PES could return next year as one of the best soccer games available. For now, it will have to settle as just being a pretty good one.
  • 80

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 2012 gives you spectacular football if you practice enough. But some faults make this a step in the right direction, not the ultimate football game.
  • 80

    IGN

    (platform: PS3)
    But for all of its glaring eccentricities, PES 2012's emphasis on fast-flowing attacking football over stodgy defensive play is still capable of winning us over.
  • 80

    Digital Spy

    (platform: PS3)
    For all of its drawbacks, when the whistle blows and the game kicks off, PES 2012 offers a satisfying, unpredictable and utterly enjoyable game of virtual football.
  • 80

    Eurogamer Portugal

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 2012 is the game that fans have been seeking. There are things to evolve, but at least we were convinced that "Seabass" has found a path and a direction to this simulator.
  • 80

    VideoGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    As a long-term PES acolyte who has favoured FIFA for the last four seasons, I'm heartened to see Konami's series finally approaching something close to its best form ? even if it's not the domineering force it was in its glory days of 2004/5.
  • 80

    Strategy Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 2012 plays an extremely entertaining brand of football, largely sweeping away the complaints of the two previous versions in the process. There are problems for sure, but it's nice to know that whichever of the football titans you choose this year, you'll get a decent result.
  • 80

    GameSpot

    (platform: PS3)
    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.
  • 80

    GamingXP

    (platform: PS3)
    It's the best PES so far, but in a match-up with FIFA 12, it can only lose. PES can't decide whether it's arcade or simulation, and so the crown goes to its opponent.
  • 80

    Meristation

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 2012 improves in several key aspects and fans will be pleased; but it still has many issues from previous entries. Control-wise, it's faster, but animations lack quality and goalkeepers are worse than ever. The Community mode and the online features are its main achievements.
  • 80

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: PS3)
    Back in good shape last year, PES now confirms that it is a very good football simulation again. Of course, there is still some flaws here, but we will above all retain its increased AI, its improved and fluid gameplay, its new modes... and the challenges of the training mode appear to be a really nice touch.
  • 80

    Everyeye.it

    (platform: PC)
    PES 2012 is a true Evolution for this famous brand. Despite the horrible IA of the goalkeepers, Seabass delivers a distinctive soccer experience based more on a spectacular and more immediate -while less realistic- gameplay. A solid title for every soccer fan.
  • 79

    Games Master UK

    (platform: Wii)
    Plays a slightly better match than FIFA Wii. [Jan 2012, p.98]
  • 79

    Nintendo Gamer

    (platform: Wii)
    Still great, but if you have last year's game there's little reason to shell out. [Dec 2011, p.69]
  • 79

    Xbox360Achievements

    (platform: 360)
    PES 2012 looks and feels a lot better than it has in a long time, and has certainly closed the gap on FIFA. The only problem now is the often frustrating randomness of the game, which is both a blessing and a curse really, and the fact that the whole experience still seems rather light on alternative options to counter FIFA's glittering presentation. Back of the net ? but via a three yard toe poke rather than a twenty yard rocket.
  • 79

    Pelit (Finland)

    (platform: 360)
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is definitely an upgrade from last year?s version but some of the new features are a mixed bag. For example much waited teammate control is way too complicated to master. AI is a tough opponent but as a teammate it still has some issues especially in defense. [Nov 2011]
  • 78

    MondoXbox

    (platform: 360)
    PES 2012 fails to fully persuade, especially if you're looking for a more realistic and simulative play style. The game introduces some welcome features like the on-line fair play system, but fumbles on the ball physics and defense management, with an overly high speed of the actions. Suited for those looking for a more arcade soccer experience.
  • 78

    SpazioGames

    (platform: PS3)
    An enjoyable soccer game, still haunted by its own ghosts. Goalkeepers are broken, and there are big issues with physics simulation and AI. Fans will keep on enjoiyng it, but true soccer is to be found somewhere else.
  • 77

    AusGamers

    (platform: 360)
    Genuinely a fun game to play, and includes some nice features like the Active AI and Off the Ball controls. Most importantly, it is a step forward from last year's game, but is still not up to the standard that the FIFA games have set.
  • 77

    Game Over Online

    (platform: PS3)
    But as I stated initially, I feel like PES 2012, while still a pretty good soccer game in it's own right, has fallen significantly behind the FIFA series, like a player past his prime who has lost a step... and he knows it.
  • 77

    NZGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    With its solid list of national teams, good selection of competitions and game modes, including the Champion's League, and simple arcade-style gameplay, PES 2012 offers a footballing experience that's accessible and enjoyable.
  • 77

    ZTGameDomain

    (platform: PS3)
    For those that aren't wed to PES or are new to soccer video games, you will likely find greater enjoyment out of FIFA, due to accessibility and the broader community options. Konami used to be top dog in the competition with EA. However, a more conservative approach to innovation for PES, along with huge strides taken in FIFA, have put Konami in a position that demands innovation and retooling in order for there to actually be a competition in future years.
  • 76

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: Wii)
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 comes unchanged from last year. The classic PES gameplay still works great and you'll have a lot of fun, especially with the most intense game modes, however.
  • 75

    SpazioGames

    (platform: Wii)
    PES 2012 offers the same product of last year with all the merits and defects. Who loved the previous chapter will love this too, the others can easily look elsewhere.
  • 75

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: PSP)
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 comes unchanged from last year, with the same game modes and the same gameplay. If you already own the previous edition, then don't even bother; otherwise, this is still the best soccer you can play on PSP.
  • 75

    Xbox World Australia

    (platform: 360)
    PES 2012 offers no remarkable new features, no amazing new teams, no real advancement to the soccer game genre. This is a problem if you're looking for something else, or something better than last year's version, but it's still as fun as PES always has been.
  • 75

    PC Games (Russia)

    (platform: PC)
    PES 2012 will make you feel like a talented football coach. If you want to actually play football, FIFA 12 is a better choice. [Nov. 2011, p.73]
  • 75

    GRYOnline.pl

    (platform: PC)
    New PES is a significant step forward in terms of gameplay and defensive actions, but it has some minor flaws and unnecessary solutions that allow to easily gain field on the opponent's side. It's a pity, that the developers decided to introduce simplifications in offensive actions - dozens of goals and faulty opponent defensive aren't the things we want to see.
  • 74

    Play UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Drop the Football Life rubbish, please. [Issue#210, p.82]
  • 74

    Digital Chumps

    (platform: PS3)
    If you're looking for a competent, although not quite as complete or well rounded alternative to FIFA, give PES 2012 a look.
  • 70

    SpazioGames

    (platform: PSP)
    The same game over and over again, probably the PSP deserved something better.
  • 70

    Telegraph

    (platform: 360)
    The improvements in AI and excellent online modes are a solid basis to continue re-building PES to its former glory, but the weird physics and newfound lack of weight are a concern. It still feels like PES just isn't 100% sure where it should be going.
  • 70

    Official Xbox Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    While the core game is arguably as fun as FIFA's it just lacks the depth to sustain the challenge. The gap has closed. Can PES regroup and build again to really challenge for the top honours next year?
  • 70

    Gamer.no

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 2012 does nothing revolutionary to the series, but the new Off the Ball control and slightly improved gameplay raises the overall experience. Still behind it's EA Sports competition, who offers a more fine tuned approach to the sport, Konami at least takes one solid step forward this season.
  • 70

    TheSixthAxis

    (platform: PS3)
    Whether you can forgive the rushed dialogue text, the constant nagging and the unfinished presentation is a matter of personal patience but those who make apologies for the dodgy physics are giving Konami free reign to present another unfinished game next year. I think PES fans deserve better than this.
  • 70

    GameOver.gr

    (platform: PS3)
    Konami still hasn't "struck gold" in this generation. Although the developers tried to improve some aspects of this year's edition, it's only after the inevitable patch that some of the major problems are dealt with.
  • 70

    IncGamers

    (platform: PS3)
    That being said, PES should still be top of your shopping list if you're after a game that takes the most exciting elements of the beautiful game and concentrates them into one package.
  • 70

    Eurogamer Spain

    (platform: PS3)
    It's still fun and there will be people who will prefer this to FIFA. But, in our opinion, it has too many flaws that should have been fixed long ago.
  • 70

    GamePro

    (platform: PS3)
    No two matches -- even between the same teams -- ever feel quite the same, and it's that element of surprise that just might, at least offline, make Pro Evolution my go-to soccer game this season.
  • 70

    CD-Action

    (platform: PC)
    PES 2012 fails to shift the balance ? even if it's the best Pro Evolution Soccer to date it's still far behind the FIFA series. What PES desperately needs is a deep change. [November 2011, p.62]
  • 70

    Eurogamer Italy

    (platform: PC)
    Although there are some improvements, PES 2012 doesn't innovate as much as fans were expecting, proving that Konami doesn't currently have what it takes to win the match with EA Sports. The game, anyway, is fun to play and represents a good alternative to FIFA 12.
  • 70

    GameSpy

    (platform: PC)
    It may not have every team, every stadium, every tournament, and every player out there, but there's plenty enough in its gameplay to satisfy any video game soccer fan.
  • 66

    PSFocus

    (platform: PSP)
    What? Are you sure this is the 2012 version and not its predecessor? Seriously? I never would have guessed.
  • 65

    PALGN

    (platform: PS3)
    PES 2012 doesn't help itself by remaining in stagnant waters, and if it doesn't receive a complete overhaul next year, then we're afraid the end is nigh.
  • 65

    Absolute Games

    (platform: PC)
    Pro Evolution Soccer is like Kaka ? in mid-noughties it was cherished and loved, but today it's just a pale shadow of its old glorious self.
  • 60

    X360 Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    The simple act of controlling your player is fraught with issues. [Issue#77, p.85]
  • 60

    Guardian

    (platform: 360)
    The frantic and occasional flawed action on the pitch harks back to older PES games. Fifa 12 is the more complete football experience but PES 2012 can still deliver in short hectic doses.
  • 60

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: 360)
    Another disappointing instalment of the once great franchise. Inconsistent level of realism, poor presentation and too few positive innovations.
  • 60

    Gamekult

    (platform: PS3)
    Quotation forthcoming.
  • 60

    LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    (platform: PC)
    New Konami football sim will please and annoy you in one minute. Lifelike football actions and visuals are spoiled by robotic AI, restricted moves and raw physics engine.[Nov 2011]
  • 58

    1UP

    (platform: PS3)
    It's too obtuse for a newcomer to the sport, but those who understand the gravity of the phrase, "downloading the right Option File" and all that comes with it, PES 2012 is worth a look, once Konami has finally ironed out its issues.

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