Pro Evolution Soccer in 3D looks bloody spectacular and the 3D helps make an already attractive game look sublime. Its visuals are comparable to the latter PlayStation 2 Pro Evolutions, though the 3D effect unsurprisingly renders it all much more impressive. Cue up a goal kick and the stadium spreads out before you in dazzling fashion, while the chunky and attractive player models look fantastic across the board. The demo hosts the ‘Clasico’ of Real Madrid versus Barcelona, so the football’s equally eye-pleasing as Messi, Ronaldo and co. work their magic.
The full game will offer five perspectives and hopefully a radar will be thrown into the mix too. Its absence in the demo build coupled with the hyperactive camera doesn’t make for the most representative of experiences, but underneath it all the Pro Evolution Soccer formula shines through. Like the series’ best, it feels solid and reliable.
What platform is it on?
When’s it out?
During the “launch window”, which is 25 March – early June.
What other game is it like?
The other PES titles, FIFA.
Does it use any new tech?
Of course, there’s some pretty serious glasses-free 3D action going on here.
Designed specifically for the 3D-enabled unit, PES 2011 3D for Nintendo 3DS offers an immersive take on the football genre, mixing the PES series’ acclaimed level of control and realism, with the added dimensions the 3DS allows. Players can select from 60 National and 170 club sides, and lead them to glory within a range of challenging tournaments and leagues.
Konami’s football sim has seen yearly updates in its current format since 2001. It was born out of its International Superstar Soccer series of the 1990s. It may not have the detail of its EA rival – FIFA, but purists insist that it is still the most realistic football sim. And with no FIFA 3D version yet announced, this could be just the tonic Konami needs to help it get back on top.
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