|System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2|
|Release: September 27, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
The audio, on the other hand, is top notch. The match commentators seem genuinely aware of what's happening on the field, more fully immersing the player in the game. Players can be heard communicating with one another, and the ambient noise of the crowd adds a lot to the experience. Even ball contact sounds convincingly weighty—not fake or unauthentic in any way.
There were a few instances when I saw the A.I. do some things that were a bit questionable, but for the most part, computer-controlled players are exceptional at anticipating a play and reacting accordingly. This is especially apparent when controlling a single player during Football Life, PES 2012's career mode, or while watching an exhibition match controlled entirely by the A.I.
All things considered, PES 2012 is a great game for die-hard fans of the sport. 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. Customization options allow for newcomers and veterans to approach the title however they choose, provided they can navigate the menus. Things like Create a Stadium and Football Life, as well as the various online options, should keep players busy until next season. If you're a fan of soccer games, there's absolutely no reason not to pick this one up.
CCC Contributing Writer