Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 – football game for iPhone better than FIFA

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 – football game for iPhone better than FIFA

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The control system is insultingly basic, but the game looks and runs decently.

Given my unfavourable review of FIFA 11 last week, it would seem unfair not to provide iPhone-owning footie enthusiasts with an alternative. And what better alternative to look to than FIFA’s long-standing rival series, Pro Evolution Soccer?

That Pro Evo lacks the licensing of FIFA should be of little importance to most, although the UEFA license means you can play in the Champions League and Europa League. The graphics are of low enough quality that you’re not going to spend much time zooming in on players in replays and  complaining that the game lacks authenticity. Of course, competing for the ‘England Cup’ isn’t as prestigious as the FA Cup, and the International Cup is no World Cup, but so long as the game does the job on the pitch, such superficial shortcomings shouldn’t matter.

The gameplay in Pro Evo is decent, and most importantly it runs at a good pace. A little shocking at first is the fact that the controls consist only of a d-pad and an A and B button. There is some variety with what you can do with these 2 buttons – double-tap B for a through ball, hold it down for a long ball etc. – but it does feel very basic. Also, computer-controlled players are prone to AI blackouts as sometimes they run off in a random direction or stop moving altogether. For all these niggles though, Pro Evo is fast-paced and playable.

The developers’ decision not to include commentary in the game was probably a wise one. In FIFA, the commentary deflates rather than improves the atmosphere, and Pro Evo has a bad track record in that area anyway. For that matter, they should’ve opted for silent menus as well, as the soundtrack is random, obsolete and  generally awful.

Pro Evo is a solid football game that doesn’t suffer from the crippling slowness of FIFA, and that alone makes it come out on top.  My main problem with the game is that it neglects the innovative potential of the iPhone touch-screen. Aside from the brilliant penalty-kick system, in which you sweep the ball or goalie in the direction you want them to go, Pro Evo feels like it could have been made 10 years ago. Still, if you’re interested in for a retro/slightly dated feeling footie game, then this might be worth looking into.

By Konami, £4.99,  Updated 26 July 2010

Buy from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pes-2011-pro-evolution-soccer/id394357967?mt=8

4 COMMENTS

  1. http://www.proevolutionsoccer2011.co.uk – Option File for Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 PS3 includes:

    * Correct team names
    * Correct team squads including starting line-ups and formations
    * Correct team strips – home, away & goalkeepers
    * Correct player names & numbers
    * Correct competition & stadium names
    * Player transfers up-to-date as of Summer 2011 transfer window
    * This option file Update will work with online modes of PES 2011

  2. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is a good solid game. Real Soccer 2011 has more features and can prove more addictive if you can put up with the bugs. I agree with your comment about a general lack of innovation. I really can’t wait until one of the bigger titles innovates in the way games like Kick Flick Soccer have and really utilize the iphone touch screen. Real Soccer 2011 makes a feeble attempt at this with a tilt the phone to throw in feature that doesn’t really work.

  3. http://www.proevolutionsoccer2012.co.uk

    Option file for Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 on the PS3 that includes:

    * Correct team names
    * Correct team squads including starting line-ups and formations
    * Correct team strips – home, away & goalkeepers
    * Correct player names & numbers
    * Correct competition & stadium names
    * Player transfers up-to-date as of Summer 2012 transfer window
    * This option file Update will work with online modes of PES 2012

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