LT Panel
RT Panel
Just Visiting
Thursday | August 16, 2018
Popular Review Links:
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PS3 & X360)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PS3 & X360)

We recently reviewed FIFA10 and we were blown away by the best football game yet in EA history. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 has a tough task ahead of it to match the experience we enjoyed recently with EA’s new shining star and today we will find out if Konami can reclaim their soccer crown.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is for all intents and purposes the best ‘Evo’ incarnation yet and while we can no longer can say it is the most realistic it could certainly be argued that we had the most fun playing it over the last week.

PES 2010 seems to have shifted a little from the absolute refinement of realism to a game more focused on creating a fast paced environment with a fantastic sense of dynamism and relentless action. Where Fifa 10 focuses on realism to the 9th degree, Evo 10 has a personality which is hard to describe – you are never left feeling the game is boring by nature and on the rare occasion you do manage to catch your breath you are only likely to mutter a ‘wow’ before ploughing straight back into the midst. Both games will have their marketplace and both offer a very different take on one of the world’s most popular sports.

It is important however to make the point that PES2010 is also a very polished and slick looking game with the graphics having received a major overhaul in almost all the departments. The lighting in particular deserves a special mention because some of the dynamic effects bounce off the grass causing it to glow under the impression of sunlight – very realistic indeed. The players models have also had a nip and a tuck and their faces are more realistic and well constructed.

Once again PES 2010 has a new facet to enjoy with the now almost obligatory 360 degree dribbling control methodology which while impressive isn’t quite the talking point we enjoyed in FIFA 10. I also have a few issues with some of the animations not being quite as smooth as I had hoped, but perhaps I am picking holes in an otherwise impressive overall product.

One of the prior talking points was related to the Artificial Intelligence system which apparently focused on the goalkeeper to create a more proactive and diverse virtual player. Great in theory but sadly in practice the goalkeepers are pretty much just as stupid as they have always been and can often stand there like a lemon as the ball effortlessly glides past them. It can be rather amusing to see in action, but unfortunately it is equally as painful especially if it happens near the end of a closely fought match.

It is easier to score than before because long range shots and headers from crosses are just as devastating as they can be in real life. Issues however crop up with the AI in that players will sometimes take the long way around to run onto passes and defenders will often stand looking as if they haven’t got a clue what they are doing on the pitch. It will certainly ruin the atmosphere and the enjoyment of the game.

A welcome change is the user interface – they have ditched the use of hexagonal images detailing player abilities and have instead incorporated a system which shows abilities rated in a number system. This has the bonus of showing how a specific player will operate in key positions on the pitch, so if you move a striker to a defensive position his overall rating will drop dramatically to reflect he is ‘out of position’. Very useful when adjusting a team to suit your own tastes.

The Team tuning options are also defined now by the Team Style feature which gives players a plethora of strategic options via a slider system which has been used extensively in the FIFA franchise for quite some time. When you combine this with Player Cards tied into individuals and used to change their attitude and performance characteristics on the pitch you end up with a very complete system for tuning a game to your desires.

While we mentioned the very effective enhancements to the graphics the sound is quite lacking with Champion and Lawrenson adding their own ‘colorful’ flavor to the proceedings. Sadly it fails to compare with the more realistic patter of Andy Gray and Martin Tyler who handle the commentary in FIFA 10.

Master League has received some improvements and will go some way to make the hours disappear as you have to get involved in youth team scouting and management of finances to created a very well rounded experience that is very attractive and playable.

Networked multiplayer has always been an issue for Konami with this particular series and when I was writing this review there are no servers available however they have ditched the tiresome ID codes which is immediately a cause for some relief.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is the best version in the series to this point and whether it will prove more popular with the sporting audience is something only time will tell. There is room for both however as they are actually very different takes on the same sport. PES 2010 is an adrenaline fuelled sporting experience which sets the background for some wonderful matches and memorable moments, especially in the company of friends. Amazingly playable and well worth the money.


PES hits the ground running for 2010. Great gameplay.
Let down by the animation quality, but it doesn’t the experience.
The crowd ambience is very intense, but the commentary is annoying.
We haven’t had a chance to test online functionality, but the single player is brilliant.

A great football game that will satisfy fans of the franchise.

About Author

Stuart Davidson

It appears you have AdBlocking activated

Unfortunately AdBlockers interfere with the shopping cart process

To continue with the payment process can we ask you to

deactivate your AdBlocking plugin

or to whitelist this site. Then refresh the page

We thank you for your understanding

Hardwareheaven respect you right to employ plugins such as AdBlocker.
We would however ask you to consider whitelisting this site
We do not allow intrusive advertising and all our sponsors supply items
relevant to the content on the site.

Hardwareheaven Webmaster