Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
Genre: Sports – Soccer Simulation
System: Nintendo 3DS
Review By: Illmatic
Pro Evolution Soccer is Konami’s answer to EA’s FIFA series. While EA may have bought all of the rights to the FIFA franchise, PES still delivers a great soccer experience. PES, or Winning 11 in Japan, has made a name for itself over the years, proving that the FIFA franchise isnt the only big dog in the arena. This year, with the release of the Nintendo 3DS, we get a special version of PES……and in 3D!
Gameplay: Pro Evolution Soccer is packed with hours of gameplay to satisfy just about any soccer fan. Whether you are new to soccer games or a seasoned vet, you will find plenty of content to keep you happy for a very long time. There are three basic modes in PES, each one with its own personality. Exhibition mode is your standard ________ VS ________ match. Within Exhibition you are able to select the team of your choice and play against the rival team of your choice. The UEFA Champions League Mode is the games tournament style mode. In this mode you get to take on the best teams from Europe’s Elite Club. There are 32 teams in this mode, one of which will win the trophy! The Master League mode allows you to draft players and create the ultimate soccer team. This mode allows you to pay your players their salaries and it also gives you a chance to sign new players or negotiate with existing players. The Master League Calendar is 52 weeks long with the time progressing through playing matches. Overall gameplay in PES is well done. I’ve always liked the way PES played as compared to other soccer games, and this title does not stray from its predecessors.
Graphics: The graphics in PES 2011 are some of the best that I have seen on the 3DS so far. The character models and environment textures look very crisp, almost, if not better than some Wii games. With that being said, I think the colors and art style of the game really helped this game stand out from the rest of the 3DS launch titles.
3D: Although the graphics in PES 2011 are great, the 3D is lacking. I wondered how 3D would be implemented in this title, and sadly, it wasn’t implemented very well. This is not to say that the 3D function doesnt work or that it is not there, rather, I was hoping for better use of the 3D. This isn’t really a negative aspect of the game as most of the 3DS launch games don’t use the 3D functionality in a unique way.
Sound: The sound effects in PES 2011 are what you would expect from any soccer game. You have your whistles, vuvuzela’s, and more importantly, a cheering crowd. While the sounds in PES 2011 may be your standard cookie cutter sounds, they are well done and sound incredibly crisp through the 3DS’s speakers.
Controls: Here is where I usually have issues with soccer games. The controls are usually too complicated or clunky for me to enjoy most soccer titles. PES 2011, like all PES titles, has a very great control mechanic. The characters move with precision and switching from one player to the next is almost natural. One of the main reasons I enjoy PES is because of the controls, and this title definitely doesn’t disappoint in that area.
Wishes: My only major concern for PES 2011 is the use of 3D. I really wish that Konami would have found a fun and unique way to showcase the 3D.
TQ Bottom Line: Whether you are a die hard fan of futbol, or just a newbie to these types of games, PES 2011 is definitely a worthy contender. There is literally hours of content packed into this game giving it a ton of replay value. I would definitely recommend this game as a “Buy”.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 Michelas!
Pro Evolution 2011 3D
Developer: Winning Eleven Productions