PES 2010: Preview

by Victor ‘r0gue’ Vieira

Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is set for a October 22 launch. Many of us were well pleased with 09 and this years looks even better…….maybe, just maybe PES can capture that share of football fans that just got fed up with Konami’s half developed yearly titles. Many of the ‘die-hard’ PES fans even think that there has’nt been a ground-breaking title in the series since 06. Last years installment though was pretty stellar and im sure it got back many fans that switched to the gorgeous and fully licensed FIFA. It was even easy on the eye for a change.

2010 will be available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. PS2. PSP. Wii versions will be available later in November. Once again thankfully Konami has the licenses to the ‘Champions League’ aswell as the ‘Europa cup’. Man United and Liverpool fans will already know that their beloved teams are again licensed amongst others.

“Drumb rolls please…………..” 360-degree control will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions. “Thank you Mr. Seabass.” This was in my opinion, the last step to bringing PES into the next-gen of football games.

Konami promise some more ‘footy-candy’ including:
Manual Goalkeepers: PES 2010 will be the only football title to offer users complete control of the keeper. Players can switch to their goalkeeper at any time, and will enjoy total control of his actions.
New Goalkeeper Moves: Players can now perform quick under-arm throws to their nearest defender to get attacks rolling more quickly.
All-New Animation: Key animation related to dribbling, running, turning, etc, has been reworked and enhanced, creating a more natural and organic feel to the way players chase down balls, change direction and move around the pitch. The result is a more fluid and natural look to the game.
Fine-tuned Close Control: The PES Productions team has worked to improve trapping of the ball and basic close control elements, giving the user more ways to spread and move the ball around effortlessly.
Manual Ball Request: The ability to demand the ball when running into space is now available to the player, and will be accessible in all game modes, such as multi-player, online, etc.
Simpler Skills: Moves such as feints, drag backs and upper body feints can be applied more naturally when taking on or trying to beat an opponent. The PES series has long been associated with clever flicks and tricks, and PES 2010 will boast the most to date.
”The PES community has been an incredible asset in the development of PES 2010, and we can finally lift the lid on the many requests the team has been able to meet,” explained Naoya Hatsumi, Producer for PES Productions at Konami Digital Entertainment Japan. “We have strived to make the system work and coupled with the new AI and player elements in the game, it helps make PES 2010 a much richer and more realistic experience.”

”We cannot thank the PES community enough for their unerring support and constant stream of ideas,” commented Jon Murphy, PES European Team Leader. “They have offered a non-stop list of elements and options that has given the team so much to think about. As anyone can see, we are committed to making such things happen, and the addition of 360-degree control and extras such as the manual goalkeepers, being able to demand the ball, and all-new animation shows that the PES team are determined to make PES 2010 the greatest football title imaginable.”

Watch trailer below.

For more visit the official site.