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Xbox 360 Game Review

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PES 2011)


Format: Xbox 360
RRP: £49.99
4 012927 034613
Age Restrictions: 3+
Available 08 October 2010

Pro Evolution 2011 aims to reinvigorate the series with an advanced set of improved game play additions, control options and to catch up with the evolution of the real-life soccer. Central to its total freedom of play, the latest edition introduces a power bar for each player that allows the user to determine the exact strength and placement of every pass and shot. Balls can now be spread absolutely anywhere with surgical precision, with long balls into space, short passes to feet, and intricate one-twos allowing the player to dictate play and control the tempo of a match...

For it's easy pick up and play qualities the PES series of games are easily the best on the market. The FIFA series of games are better rounded games, but require the player to really work for their fun. PES is enjoyable without the hassle.

With the introduction of the 2011 version of the game fans may be a little disappointed to learn that there's not that much different from last year's offering.

Possibly the biggest change (and lets be honest it's nothing that radical) is the new player power bar which allows more accuracy on how far you pass or throw the ball. And, while this is an interesting addition, it does take a bit of getting used to. You'll be passing the ball too far ahead when you only mean to tap it, but after a short while it becomes easier.

The AI also appears to have been tweaked, but then this game is at its best when you're playing against a friend or online against another human.

While it's great fun, as always, there aren't really that many tweaks added to this edition to make it an essential purchase. Still, if you're a fan of the franchise you'll love it.


Darren Rea

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