Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
From the first moment you turn PES 2011 on, the all round product feels more polished than its predecessor. The majority of menu’s in the game are now image orientated, and scroll horizontally along the bottom third of the screen. Whilst last years circle theme’s were a nice idea, they didn’t really lend themselves to practical navigation, something which Konami have clearly focussed on this time. Overall, everything is presented with ease of use in mind, and text and graphics are easy to read and quite clear to follow. Edit mode is one area which has had very little change from a presentation point of view, and whilst a number of new features are included in the mode, expect the same vertical lists and similar inputs when creating anything within PES.
A major change within the presentation set up is the new look formation screens. For those who have played the demo, these screens will have become second nature, but for PES veterans, the drag and drop player selection feels more like a management sim than PES. Fortunately, it works very well, and now asking your winger to push further forward or have one CB sweep can be manipulated with real ease. This is complemented with a new look ‘management settings’ option, which dictates the way your team plays and sets up depending upon the time and score line within any given match. This is exceptionally helpful when playing against AI, but also for your own team, as you can justify why a certain player is holding a certain position, or making a run during any given period. Having come from a background of text based formation screens, the new look PES 2011 screen is highly welcomed and perhaps more importantly, very effective.