The enormously popular franchise Pro Evolution Soccer is back for an eleventh installment. PES 2012 3D on the Nintendo 3DS is probably the strongest sports game we’ve seen on the handheld so far and really worth a closer look.
Anybody who picks up this game looking for a casual, arcadey bit of soccer fun is going to be overwhelmed when they get pulled into the deep complexities of this title. Thats both my biggest complaint with this game and yet its biggest selling point. It is not just kicking a ball around. Like the previous PES titles, this one doesn’t hesitate to deliver in a big way for those with the patience to get into it.
The graphics are fairly good, considering the hardware they're working with but the real star of this game is the sheer amount of content and richness of the simulation experience. There is unrivaled realism here and a tonne of content from the UEFA Champions League to the Copa Libertadores League.
You’ll likely spend as much time managing your team, and players as you will actually playing games of soccer in PES 2012 3D, and it is easy to get lost in the numbers. If you’re a casual player you can opt to ignore a lot of it and still enjoy the game but for those interested, it really opens up the game for the full customizable club management experience.
Online multiplayer works well to letting you take your club against those of other players. The matchmaking is decent and you’re spared excessive frustration since early quitters are penalized. You can play either online or via a local ad-hoc connection.
If you’re a fan of soccer you’ll be in love with this game. Its that simple. There is so much rich content here that it is surprising for a handheld game. I’ve seen many console games with much less under the hood. There is a bit of a learning curve and so its not the most accessible game in the world but once you get into it I think you’ll be hooked.
This is more than just a mere annual upgrade to PES 2011. Its the full PES experience. Short of not having comparable graphics to the PlayStation and Xbox versions of PES 2012, this game on the 3DS feels like the full unabridged soccer game experience.
This year, Konami is determined to give global football fans a truly realistic, immersive and a delightfully playable take on the beautiful game. Creative Producer Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka has been sourcing the desires of fans across the globe and working non-stop on marrying the digital game to the real life game so fans can get as close to the real thing.
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