Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2011|
Cover Art featuring Lionel Messi
|Developer(s)||Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo|
|Producer(s)||Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka (executive)|
|Series||Pro Evolution Soccer|
|Release date(s)||EU October 20, 2010
UK October 22, 2010
NA October 23, 2010
|Distribution||DVD, Blu-ray, Nintendo Optical Disc, UMD|
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (officially abbreviated as PES 2011 and known as World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2011 in Asia) is an association football video game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series developed and published by Konami with production assistance from the Blue Sky Team. The game was announced on 9 February 2010 and was released on the PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 on 30 September 2010 in the European Union and 8 October 2010 in the United Kingdom. The versions of Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable were released on 28 October 2010. The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are featured within the game, and for the first time in the series, UEFA Super Cup and CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores will be fully licensed.
The first trailer was released on 4 May 2010, while an E3 trailer was released in June 2010, showing some of the new features of the game. The game also sees the return of Lionel Messi as its cover star.It is currently the last game to feature the Argentine footballer as it cover star. ITV's Jim Beglin has been implemented as new co-commentator to Jon Champion for PES 2011. A demo of PES 2011 was released for PC and PS3 on 15 September 2010. The demo allowed users to play ten minute games with four teams available: FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich or Copa Libertadores pair Chivas de Guadalajara and SC Internacional. A video presentation was also included after each match outlining the full game's content in readiness of the game's UK launch on 8 October 2010.
- Total Control: PES has enhanced the 360 degree passing ratio, offering unprecedented levels of control over every pass, shot, throw-in, through-ball, and lofted through-balls. This allows users to pass the ball into space, and move their play with total freedom. Players must precisely weight their passes and second-guess the runs of their team-mates and exploit their movement. Players can apply pressure on opponents to force them off the ball.
- Shot and Stamina Gauge: In addition to the generic power gauge, the shot and stamina metre details the player's level of fitness. Constantly sprinting will affect the player's movements and will have an adverse effect on his stats, with passes going awry and a loss of pace.
- New Defender AI: Defenders now hold their positions naturally, no longer chasing any ball that enters their area; preferring to close down the attacker and force them into a mistake.
- Improved Goalkeepers: Players now have more control over their goalkeeper. This greater control allows for quick roll-outs, saves, improved accuracy with goal kicks, and precision ball distribution to make quicker breaks or playing down the clock easier.
- Animation and Player Physics: PES has reworked every element of in-game animation. These additions will become clear before even kick-off, with the players enjoying more natural movements, with more realistic acceleration and inertia. The physicality between players is also improved, which was a priority requested in PES forums. Jostling and blocking now looks much better, while there is a larger variety of convincing tackling styles. Ambient animation also adds immensely to the in-game atmosphere, as players behave realistically when off the ball, and walk and run with a variety of individual styles. PES 2011 on the PSP has commentary and the players coming onto the pitch and real stadiums instead of none on the PSP.
- Stadium Editor: The stadium editor allows the player to create his own stadiums. One will be able to edit the stands by selecting preset built structures, seat colours, the adboards and hoardings, the turf style (similar to Pro Evolution Soccer 2008), the architecture and roofing of the stands, whether there's a running track, plain ground, or grass around the pitch. One can also select to have fencing near the seats similar to certain stadia present in Germany and other parts of the world. Once all that has been put together, the user can now choose the setting for the stadium. The user is given the option to specify a background layout, with a variety of both urban and rural backdrops. After that, there is a possibility of adding a background image, with stock items including city scenes - and a mountain range that looks similar to the one seen in the background on the PES 3 intro. With this tool it should be possible to recreate many different stadiums from all over the world with lots of variation in style. There are currently around 25 stadiums in PES 2011 (not all licensed ones). This is more than PES 2010, which had 22. There will be a total of 25 slots to create stadiums, giving a grand total of 50 possible stadiums.
- Speed of Play: The new level of control means that PES 2011 enjoys a more considered pace of play, which varies dependent on situations. The game will burst into life as counter-attacks come into play, but players can dictate the pace via slow build up or exploiting available space to surge forward. It is harder to make long runs from midfield, and successful play will depend on making quick passes to make room.
- Aesthetics: Facial animation has been enhanced, but the key advances are over 1,000 all-new animations which have been recreated from the ground up using over 100 hours of motion captured footage. Every aspect of player movement has been reworked, with more organic runs, turns, throw-ins, tackles, and interaction. The way players speed up and slow down is also more natural, while replays display elements of motion blur that bring the user's saved goals to vivid life.
- Tactical and Strategy: The sheer number of options available in the PES series has established it as a remarkably flexible simulation, allowing players to stamp their playing style on each match. The PES Productions team has implemented an all new "drag and drop" mechanism that can be used in every aspect of team management, not just substitutions or formation changes. These settings are also animated to promote better understanding of the plays that have been altered. Option to predefine team play style every 15 minutes also added.
- Feint settings: PES offers a wide range of subtle skills, feints and turns, but PES 2011 allows users to map their favourite move sequences to the right stick, making them more accessible than ever before.
- Master League Online: Master League offers an all-new challenge, as users are invited to try their hand against other managers online. PES 2011 marks the online debut for its much-loved Master League element, with players bidding against each other for the world's best players, and attempting to build a squad that can compete with the best against online peers all over the globe.
- Other Edit Features: PES 2011 does not feature a boot editor. Boots and balls will be added by Konami through updates like PES 2010. One is be able to create teams, stadiums, and even full leagues (for use with offline game modes such as Become a Legend, League/Cup, and Master League) with qualification structures. In addition, the user will be able to edit the league emblems too. This is all on top of the current edit mode system that is present in PES 2010.
With an exclusive deal with UEFA and CONMEBOL, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and, for the first time, the UEFA Super Cup and Copa Libertadores are fully licensed. The tournaments are integrated into the Master League mode, and for the first time in the Master League Online mode. UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Europa League, however, are only available on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions.
- Spain: (14 out of 20 teams are licensed; Hércules CF, Levante UD, Málaga CF, CA Osasuna, Sevilla FC and Real Sociedad are all unlicensed)
The game contains 79 national teams.
1 – Fully licensed teams
2 – New teams added for 2011
3 – Teams players are fictional
Other club teams
Copa Santander Libertadores (2010's Teams)
Like previous versions, there is also a separate two leagues with 18 empty teams (PES League and D2 League), each of which can be edited fully. Since its introduction, it has become very popular amongst the PES community, and as a result, they are usually made into the Bundesliga or another league of one's preference by patch makers. All the teams are entirely fictional.
- Jon Champion and Jim Beglin provide the English commentary.
- Christian Martinoli and Luis García provide the Spanish commentary for Latin America.
- Silvio Luiz and Mauro Beting provide the Portuguese commentary for Brazil.
- Gregoire Margotton and Christophe Dugarry provide the French commentary.
- Wolff-Christoph Fuss and Hansi Küpper provide the German commentary.
- Christos Sotirakopoulos and Georgios Thanailakis provide the Greek commentary.
- Pierluigi Pardo and José Altafini provide the Italian commentary.
- Jon Kabira, Tsuyoshi Kitazawa and Hiroshi Nanami provide the Japanese commentary.
- Pedro Sousa and Luís Freitas Lobo provide the Portuguese commentary for Portugal.
- Carlos Martínez and Julio Maldonado provide the Spanish commentary for Spain.
- Hasan Mustan and Emin Zevkler provide the turkish commentary for Turkey.
PES 2011 contains 24 licensed songs.
On September 30, 2010, the first update for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 added three new features to the Online mode: Legends, Community, and Competition.
On October 12, 2010, the update will include changes to the England national team kits and update various team rosters. Also while clubs that qualified for the Champions League Group Stages, will be added to the game's dedicated mode. A number of team kits have also been updated in line with their current use, and four more licensed boots have been incorporated. One problem that arose was that the Republic of Ireland's kit changed to De Graafschap of Netherlands. Konami then released another update on October 15 to correct this mistake.
On November 24, 2010, The update adjusts the defender AI to allow for more consistent pressing from various situations and includes a series of alterations based on feedback from users.
- AI pressure more in certain situation (especially when crossing)
- Cursor switching improved, including when ball is crossed
- Difficulty and success rate of Rainbow Flicks has been changed (more difficult)
- Transfer fees in Master League has been reworked
- You can turn off player names above CPU players
- Shooting has been tweaked
- Chants have been refined or changed
On December 21, 2010, This Patch contains fixes from all previous corrective patches. Online Mode connectivity issues have been improved through changes made to the disconnection process.
On December 21, 2010, this update adds a number of new items to the game. 12 kits have been updated within the game, including those of the Republic of Ireland national team kits, 1 Dutch club and some 10 French club teams. And 10 new boots, including of new boots Mizuno, from "Wave Ignitus" and "Supersonic Wave".
On 15 March 2011, this update adds the winter transfers and movements up to the end of the January transfer window have been updated for 135 Club teams, 2 national teams kits (Spain and Sweden) and 10 new boots, from Adidas, Nike, Puma and Umbro.
|Computer and Video Games||8.5/10|
PES 2011 received positive reviews from most game critics, achieving a Metacritic score of 77% on the PS3 and 79% on the Xbox 360. The game also received positive ratings of 89% from PSM3 and 9 out of 10 from IGN. User feedback, however, was not so favorable with Metacritic scoring it 6.7 out of 10 for PS3 and lowly 5.4 out of 10 for Xbox360 version of the game. User feedback was more favorable with IGN scoring it 7.8 out of 10 for PS3 and 7.9 for the Xbox360 version of the game. GameZone gave the 3DS version 7.5, stating "Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D is a good addition to the 3DS library and a must-have for hardcore fans looking for a soccer fix. It offers pretty 3D visuals, a league mode, and quick games of exciting soccer."
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