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PES 2012: Get a Load of These Gameplay Videos

For those of us who are drooling in anticipation of the autumn release of FIFA 12, you may want to take a gander at the above video to see what’s in store from Konami in the upcoming release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (or, as it’s better known as PES 2012).

In the above video, you’ll see gameplay videos highlighting different features of PES 2012 such as:

- Overlapping runs
- Off the ball controls
- Zonal Marking
- Zonal Defense
- Dummy Runs, and
- Diagonal Runs

The improved AI system promises to be more fluid with better response when controlling the ball. Plus PES 2012 will have referees sporting official 2011-12 Champions League uniforms during Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup matches.

Based on the above videos, what do you think? Will you buy both FIFA 12 and PES 2012 at the end of this year? Or if not, which one are you planning on purchasing? Share your insights in the comments section below.

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22 Responses to PES 2012: Get a Load of These Gameplay Videos

  1. tom says:

    Get Messi off the cover of the game. You never should put one of the famous athletes like Messi or Cristiano on the cover of the game because for as many people that love them there is as many that hate them. Why do you think Lebron James or Alex Rodriguez never are on covers of games, because alot of people would be turned off buying something that has picture of someone they hate and knowing that part of the money they spend on it will go to that athlete for appearing on the cover. You need to put a player who is neutral or is a lovable character maybe Forlan.

    • james says:

      who hates messi? only very few fans

    • Ash says:

      I agree with Tom when that should have a neutral player, as when Ronaldo was on previous cover’s I thought I’d give Fifa a go!

    • Garcia says:

      All Real Madrid fans hate Messi deeply, he is a little punk that purposely kicked a ball at one of of our female fans in the last clasico. Also even his own countrymen hate him, remeber he got punched the 1swt few weeks in Argentina. He is a little punk who trys to start fights too with the Bolivian players.

      • kalumbu says:

        yep but that game he also scored 2 and one goal where he blew past the real madrid defence, he plays for the best team who play the most attractive football. hardly a reason to not want to pick up pes

      • Amit says:

        hey Garcia….stop talking sh*t about players especially messi. if u talk about fights….. eveyone knows who always gets into a brawl….every match….RONALDO!!!

  2. Che Holts says:

    A few of those features are already in FIFA you just have to know how to do them. (you can send players on runs by tapping R1, or RB) The things like diagonal runs and being able to find space are specific to the individual players attributes. Better players in FIFA will find the space, average ones not soo much. The only new feature feature is the off the ball controls. Thats already in FIFA too, but only applies to a couple situations, as opposed to seemingly everything in PES. Don’t think this is going to sway anyone from FIFA…

    • Sai says:

      Yeah well alot of features on Fifa 12 were already on PES. I mean for the past few PES games, it’s been hardly moving forward but in those years, have you even noticed how much Fifa took from PES?

      Pro Passing was already in PES. Impact tackling was already in PES. REFEREES Something that was only introduced in like Fifa 08 was in PES far before. The free kick system was taken from PES. Be a pro was taken from PES. 11v11 online team play was taken from PES (In PES 6 it had 8v8 online team play). Precision dribbling is already in PES.

      Point of the story is, don’t act like Fifa don’t take things PES already have.

  3. Alex says:

    PES is so bad. Its hard to believe that these people are allowed to make a soccer game. Its PES 2012 and they are JUST adding in through balls, off ball controls, and player runs? Shut this franchise down.

    • cfc says:

      why write a comment if you have no idea what ur talking abou? clearly you have never played pes before because as it said in the video (which i guess you didnt watch) they are changing the system not introducing it.

      pes already has through balls, runs, etc.

      personally i have bought fifa last year but had always bought pes before that. i really hope they can catch up with fifa’s improvements and challenge them again

    • Krasic says:

      Your obviosly a fan of Fifa, I’m a big Pes fan myself and I’m not biased towards the game as you are towards FIFA,I play Fifa also and I think its a great game, but I find it incredibly annoying sometimes and I would like to play a game that I can relax with and score crazy goals,Thats why I love Pes so I dont know why you telling a company to shut down a franchise based on Through ballls and player runs,Pes has many things that Fifa doesnt such as there Edit mode and Champions league and Copa libertadores.

  4. alex says:

    PES is way to computer controlled. There’s no player freedom. In 2012 is when they add in player runs? The stuff they are “reintroducing” is standard stuff that has been in fifa for years. PES is an embarrasment to footie games

  5. Chris O says:

    No FIFA killer by any means, but EA Sports have started to do mediocre things with their game set ups, so its always good to have another brand keep them in check.

  6. Jaime says:

    I feel like FIFA 11 already does everything thats being added to PES 12 lol.. Kinda sad on PES’ part

  7. McLellan says:

    FIFA already does what PES 2012 is going to do? seriously….FIFA have announce ‘tactical defending’ which is basically how you defend in PES since PES 4, ‘precision dribbling’ again thats been in PES for years by holding the R2 or RT button and ‘Pro-Player Intelligence’ which just a gimmicky way of saying they have improved the AI, if its not just a gimmicky way of saying improved AI then their previous versions must have been ‘Amateur-Player Intelligence’

    Also i never knew you could control 2 players at the same time on FIFA 11, as you feel FIFA already does everything thats being added to PES 2012, so why are konami touting this as a revolutionary addition to PES 2012?

    http://winningelevenblog.com/blog/pes-2012-off-the-ball-controls-videos/

    Those videos are done on a very low difficulty setting to highlight the possiblities of the new feature before anyone questions the defence.

    PES is only going to get better whereas FIFA has peaked, PES 2011 was the first proper next gen version of PES and its already pulled a small number of people back from FIFA, when PES 2012 is released i can see it winning even more players back as what they are showing looks promising and they havent even announced anything about the new game modes or improvements to the existing game modes, like PES 2011′s very successful Master League Online.

    The only thing that can let PES 2012 down are the servers. Im the first to admit FIFA has the much better online experience in terms of lag/connection etc, when i play FIFA i get very little lag and can get a game on any game mode quickly. Konami unfortunately dont seem to realise this and are determined to make PES the best offline football game but an average online one. Hopefully Konami will have listened to the fans this year and improved the online then it could be amazing.

    End of the day, i dont really care if people from FIFA switch to PES, as long as PES stays enjoyable for me then i will keep playing it and im sure thats what most of the PES/FIFA fans say about their chosen game, and so far PES 2012 is looking good.

    • Harris says:

      I dont get why people are still defending PES… Seabass has lost a plot, the last good PES was PES 6, everything else since then has been a sub-par… Used to hate FIFA but for the first time i picked Fifa 2011 and it blew the PES to pieces.

      From what i have been reading from game websites most of them are saying that its the same game with minor imporovements. Once again PES has missed a mark and as long they have Seabass they never reach it… How many times fans have requested removal of highly repetative and annoying commentary such as JON CHAMPION? What Seabass does? He keeps the same audio engine and holds on JON CHAMPION..LOL! Commentary is disaster, no fluidity at all. Computer AI dull, referees so biased, no 360 player control, no team rights, bad user interface etc…

      PES 2012 will have same problems that all of the rest series had..It looks like i will have to give PES a pass once again.

      @McLellan – “Fifa has peeked” self explenatory, so FIFA is better than PES?? It does sound like that. Secondly PES evolution line is so slow by the time they figure PS3 a PS4 will come out and then back to the drawing board (I might have a grand childer by then)

      • McLellan says:

        “How many times fans have requested removal of highly repetative and annoying commentary such as JON CHAMPION? What Seabass does? He keeps the same audio engine and holds on JON CHAMPION..LOL! Commentary is disaster, no fluidity at all.” how petty an argument you have if one of your reasons that FIFA is better is because it has better commentary haha

        Anyway, considering this page is for PES 2012 im not going to get into a discussion on the current versions.

        PES 2012 is sounding great so far, imo. The announcements they have made sound like they have listened to the fans and people who have got an early playtest have said it could be as good as PES 5 (i doubt that very much but im hoping im proved wrong)

  8. harry says:

    When PES can get more official licences, then maybe will I give it a look

  9. ThompsonLives says:

    I’m not buying PES until Konami shells out the money for real teams. “Merseyside Reds,” my ass.

  10. Daniel says:

    I’m still playing PES 2011 but will probably try FIFA next year. I play ML or FIFA equivalent almost exclusively and the biggest difference to me is the DEPTH of leagues — not the licenses. If you play on PC (as I do) you can download patches to automatically change all the names/stats/whatever to be realistic. I can’t remember that last time I played PES with “Merseyside Reds” or whatever. To me that’s a non-issue.

    I don’t think its fun to start as a top club and play master’s league, though. You’re already the best — where do you go from there? I want to take a 3rd or 4th division team to the top; signing a bunch of young players with potential and growing them myself rather than picking the star players that everyone already knows about.

    FIFA is supposed to have the same graphics (finally) on PC as on the consoles, and that was my last reservation. I’ve always liked PES and would play it again, but I don’t see it dislodging FIFA until they fill in the STRUCTURING, not the licensing everyone clamors about (although it would be convenient if they did that too).

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