Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2
Dev: Konami
Pub: Konami
Release: September 27, 2011
Players: 1-8
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.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Screenshot

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.

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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.

By Patriel Manning
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Players move beautifully and interact realistically. The presentation on the field is top notch, though the menus can be challenging to navigate.
4.9
Control
Controls are fluid, responsive, and fully customizable.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The commentators are great, and everything from the stands to the action on the pitch sounds great. I could have done without the techno soundtrack, though.
4.0
Play Value
There's a lot to do. You could completely ignore parts of the game and be fully satisfied only to discover them later.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Play with your favorite teams from the Copa Santander Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League.
  • Take total control of a second teammate and dominate your opponents.
  • Experience the new Active A.I. and graduate to a higher level of play.

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