|System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360*|
|Dev: Winning Eleven Productions|
|Pub: Konami Digital Entertainment|
|Release: September 25, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
It's much the same with the game's audio. Though PES 2013 does have a greatly improved soundtrack when compared with last year's game, there's not much different in terms of effects. However, what changes have been made are adequate. Jim Beglin, Jon Champion, and the like recorded a few new lines for good measure and it seems the sounds on the field have been toned down significantly. The crowd seems a bit more alive now as well, responding at a moment's notice to the changes on the field.
What's interesting about all of these additions is that on the whole they haven't convinced me that this is an all-new game. That's not to say that PES 2013 is bad. It isn't. It's easily the best football sim that I've ever played. But it isn't leaps and bounds ahead of PES 2012. It's Konami's own fault, too. They set out to make the best football sim every time they release an entry in the series and for the most part they succeed, as they have here.
Even so, partway through my time with the review I was struggling to see the differences here. They're there but they're for the enthusiast, the player that simply has to have the latest version of Winning Eleven. These people don't need convincing. They've had they're pre-orders lined up for quite some time. It's down to Konami to convince the rest of the gaming population to part with their cash. Here, I don't think that they've done that.
For everyone that absolutely needs to have the latest game from their favorite series, here it is. You don't need convincing. If you haven't played a Pro Evolution game since 2011 pick this one up. It's different enough to be worth it. Those who take the plunge will find a wealth of options to choose from, extreme attention to detail, and what is arguably the best simulation soccer in the industry. Everyone else should probably wait to see what Konami has planned for next generation.
Date: October 3, 2012