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Pes 2013 Review: A Triumphant Return To Form

19 September 2012 1:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

You really have to feel for Pro Evo as a gaming property: thanks to the past few barren years, and the indignity of being forced to live in the considerable shadow of FIFA (thanks to underhand tactics as much as actual quality, if Pes Team Leager Jon Murphy is to be believed), a lot of football gaming fans have forgotten the good times, when Pes ruled supreme as the best of its type, before EA Sports re-focused and won their lead back.

If FIFA is an all-conquering blend of Manchesters United and City, with “history” and financial power behind them, Pro Evo is more like Arsenal – still capable of greatness even in the toughest of times, and still there or there abouts when it comes to the final reckoning. But that comparative barren spell seems to have sparked some life into Konami and Pro Evo, and »

- Simon Gallagher

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FIFA 13 vs Pes 2013: 4 Reasons Why Pes 2013 Will Win The War

13 September 2012 11:25 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In the next couple of weeks, the biggest footballing feud since Joey Barton took to his Twitter to wage a war on Mike Ashley will kick off for real when the twin football gaming behemoths of FIFA 13 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (or Pes 13) are released within just a week of each other. In the past couple of months that feud has been very openly fueled by Pes Team Leader Jon Murphy taking to the press to criticise the work and practices of his major developer rivals, with EA Sports remaining typically tight-lipped on the matter.

Both gaming companies have been promising that this year’s additions to the franchises will be big developments on last year, with gameplay changes for both titles as well as aesthetic and presentation ones thrown in for the usual visual shake-ups, and that can surely only spell positives for football gaming fans. So, which game do we buy? »

- Michael Atkinson

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FIFA 13 Demo Impressions

11 September 2012 10:24 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Demo Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Though Pes Team Leader Jon Murphy’s anti-fifa campaign is obviously motivated by his own professional interests, his assertion that EA Sports have been fiddling about with tiny pieces of their core game and adding frills as opposed to reinventing the engine entirely and changing the feel of the gameplay does actually have some basis in truth. Since 2009, there has been limited evolution in how FIFA actually plays, and though last year’s new defensive system was a breath of fresh air and a very welcome one at that, it never felt quite as successfully integrated as we might have wished.

But this year, judging by the demo that has today been released, the new tweaks and modifications to the core of the game add together to actually make a difference – the new dribbling and control systems are excellent, and lead to a more realistic »

- Simon Gallagher

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