App Review: PES 2010 (Pro Evolution Soccer 2010) by Konami
The long awaited Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (or PES 2010) title has finally arrived. At this moment in time the game is available in New Zealand and Europe. With there being several Soccer apps already in the app store it will be interesting to see how PES 2010 performs against the others.
The game costs or will cost $9.99 when released in the US store, so it’s in the premium market pricing but for good reason.
The first thing that you notice when playing PES 2010 is the amazing UI which can be seen throughout the game. Everything from the home screen to the pause menu has been buffed and polished although I wouldn’t expect much less from a developer like Konami.
The main aspect to look out for however is the game play. Konami have not released many apps so far and the ones they have released have not had a great reputation, take ridge racer for example. However they seemed to have put that behind them as PES 2010 gameplay works like a charm. For a start they have kept controls nice and simple with a virtual D-pad and A and B buttons. To allow them to keep it this simple they have used a common system of multiple functions, eg: hold down B for a longer pass.
Apart from the controls they also seemed to have done a great job on the graphics. I was surprised while playing that you have such fluid movements with your players including little details like being able to chest the ball down. Even the cut scenes and corners were great with a quick replay after every goal.
The content is decent enough with all of the major competitions available to play complete with a trophy cabinet to scroll through your victories. Although the IPA might seem small to be a contender with X2 Soccer being three times the size.
The one thing that could really improve the game would be a multiplayer mode which is yet to be seen in the lineup. Konami rarely release updates so there is little chance of it coming soon. However, this is one feature we would like to see.
The real question now is which to buy, X2 Soccer, FIFA or PES 2010. Currently the world cup version of FIFA is on sale for $0.99 so for now that seems like the easy option and with X2 soccer being $2 cheaper it looks like PES 2010 may be the last choice for many which is unfortunate because both the graphics and the gameplay are excellent and to be admired.
With the excellent graphics and game controls PES 2010 is still and easy recommendation to Soccer lovers, despite it’s price.
What we liked: Good quality graphics and controls.
What we didnt like:Premium launch pricing.