A solid game of soccer that still manages to fall behind the competition.
I don’t mean to make Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 sound like a bad soccer game, because it isn’t. It’s just a disappointing one. Just about everything except the visuals feels a bit stale, even the new Become A Legend mode which feels like it’s from an ’08 edition. The gameplay is solid; it just isn’t able to keep pace with FIFA 10 in most regards. It’s tough to recommend this to anyone when EA Sports’ superior product is on the market, but if you’re a diehard PES lover, you’ll feel right at home with this one.
They’ve finally cleaned up most of the annoyances on the menu screens. On-the-pitch elements could add more life to the gameplay.
Great looking player models, stadiums and solid animations do a nice job of pushing things forward. Screen tearing is unfortunate, but at least the framerate is consistent.
The soundtrack is deplorable, but at least the action on the field is lively. Commentary is inaccurate, but at least it adds to the excitement.
Some minor additions help, but all-in-all this game feels too much like last year’s. Better structure and designs to the modes would certainly help.
Lasting Appeal (8/10)
The modes are lengthy as they are, but with slightly better design and development they could be great.
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - PS3
- Realistic looking player faces
- Great fun in local multiplayer
- Online still broken
- AI not up to scratch
Conclusion One day we’re sure that Konami will once again come up with the magic footballing formula, but once again we’re left lacking a next generation Pro Evolution Soccer experience that anyone could recommend.AI is universally poor, animation is sometimes laughable, and every facet of the entire game is at least a step behind the FIFA series. A real shame as this year had looked to be a tight call.