This year’s PES is built around three key innovations: ‘PES FullControl’, ‘Player ID’, and ‘ProActive AI’, placing an emphasis on individual players’ skill sets to create what Konami says is the “most faithful recreation of modern day football to date”.
The most exciting of the three buzz phrases seems to be ‘PES FullControl’, a new system that offers players “total freedom” over the ball. FullControl incorporates a new ‘Dynamic First Touch’ system that lets players decide how they receive the ball, either trapping the ball to instantly bring it under control, or using its momentum to pass by a defender.
Full manual shooting is also being introduced, offering players total control over the height, power and placement of the shot, while enhancements to PES’s defending mechanics allows for better timed tackles and additional moves to slow an attack.
Player individuality will also be key to this year’s game, with the very best players being “instantly recognisable via incredible likeness and signature attributes” – a system that appears similar to FIFA 11′s Personality+.
And by the looks of it, the pace of the game also appears to have been slowed since PES 2012, with Konami stating that “the speed with which a player moves with the ball has been slowed in line with real matches”.
Finally, ‘ProActive AI’ “unites the control and realism” of football, according to Konami, with enhancements made to teammate AI that will allow players to respond and find space “as befits those at the top of their game”.
Konami reckons Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo is one such player, who returns as PES’s cover star.
“This is an exciting time to be part of the PES community,” commented Jon Murphy, European PES Team Leader, ”and PES 2013 marks a new level of playability with the return to our key ethos of utter control and freedom.
“Football is all about making magic happen with skill and precision, and PES 2013 truly encapsulates this. Fresh faces within the development team and some very exciting ideas will breathe new life into the PES series, and we look forward to showing what we can do in the coming months.”
PES 2013 is due for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PS2, PSP, 3DS and Wii this Autumn. A Vita release, surprisingly, is still to be confirmed.
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