Pro Evo Soccer 2012 takes the pitch September 27

Konami going head-to-head with FIFA 12 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC version of next footie sim; Wii, PS2, and PSP launch days to be determined.

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Last month, Electronic Arts announced a September 27 launch for its latest soccer sim, FIFA 12. Not backing down from the competition, Konami today announced that the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of its own soccer sim, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, would also hit stores September 27. Release dates for the Wii, PlayStation 2, and PSP versions of PES 2012 will be announced at a later date.

Pro Evo player celebrating, or screenshot from a new Silent Hill game? You decide. No, wait, it's the first one.

The focus for development on PES 2012 is "the instinctive way the game can be played and on teamwork in particular," according to the publisher. The game's AI engine has received "a major overhaul," it is claimed, which has apparently resulted in improved zonal marking for all players, defenders holding tighter lines, and attacking players making more intelligent runs.

Konami has also promised "heavily tweaked animation, more detailed lighting techniques, a wider variety of player styles, improved dead-ball situations, expanded tactics, and a new customizable pass feature."

For more on Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

51 comments
iman_gc
iman_gc

Fifa is damn boring , there is no difference between ability of players , all of them are the same .So stupid . This year like last year PES Will kick ass Fifa again , You'll See

bormerc
bormerc

Even the editors of GameSpot says FIFA is better, what's the problem then?

fire-zombie
fire-zombie

the pro allways is a arcade football game,you take the teem you play and put 6 or 7 goals at you friend and the same you "eat" them from your friend. the fifa is the other story,it's most closted at the simulate football. I buy the both of them,the pro is for fun and the fifa to play football.

ibnoasis
ibnoasis

this is the world best football game in my opinion... graphic is not one of the important part of the game, but game play is...

suhas1984
suhas1984

I will play both fifa 12 as well as pes 12 & then i will comment on it. please don't postpond the release

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

I don't think PES 2012 will be more than PES 2011 update..

mrkickme
mrkickme

Pes was good last year, this year sounds better but not the jump all will want. I still think its more fun than Fifa

basshelal
basshelal

No trolling intended but PES has lost it now I hope FIFA doesnt go that way too!

abdullrahman
abdullrahman

@brain20035 the same here i gave up on PES since 2007. PES RIP 2001-2007

shintanoid
shintanoid

"PES 2012 will be released for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC on October 14th."--official site whats wrong?

fat3l3ss
fat3l3ss

The main thing i hate about PES is so poor standard of commentary, graphics are alrite ,The two commentators they use in the Game seem to have some kind of Maroujana in their mouth while commentating :)

wars45
wars45

pes12 all the way

mjajiyani
mjajiyani

there is many fifa fan here and they are all graphic fan fifa gameplay is too week and amator but pes is allways the best and it be the best

brain20035
brain20035

In terms of animation quality in this game, you just need to read the photo caption above!! I gave up on PES after 2007. They have a lot of ground to cover before they can touch FIFA's heels again!

speedylomeli
speedylomeli

How are the developers of PES making money to make all of these PES games. PES must sell better in Europe cuz here in the US I hardly know anyone that buys it. FIFA is number 1 now and EUFA needs to license the champions league to FIFA.

Okplay
Okplay

@BENZINO4677 I just saying,i played fifa and pes in past bot those games don't change much passing years except graphics a little..

gfile
gfile

Still FIFA ...anytime.

mugag
mugag

Naaah , This is Going to be the same as 2011 , Like They didn't even work on the Animations that well , when they pass the ball it isn't Like Passing , u can't feel that they are passing with power , their legs just move & when it touches the ball, it passes by Fast

BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

Hopefully they fix the bugs that plagued PES2011. The biggest problem I had with the game was the foul system. Countless times fouls have been called on me for no apparent reason, such as my player dribbling by a defender (no contact), only for the defender to fall down and be awarded a foul. Simple stuff like that needs to be fixed for this game to be worth buying.

BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

Hopefully they fix the bugs that plagued PES2011. The biggest problem I had with the game was the foul system. Countless times fouls have been called on me for no apparent reason, such as my player dribbling by a defender (no contact), only for the defender to fall down and be awarded a foul. Simple stuff like that needs to be fixed for this game to be worth buying.

BENZINO4677
BENZINO4677

@Okplay That's all fine and dandy but your on a video game site. Now go on a soccer league site and tell them you would rather stay in the house & play the video game version.

noserag
noserag

Hey, KONAMI ...your gameplay and graphic animations are just as top notched as FIFA, I 'll still check you out. Oh,are you LICENCED YET?

marshalmathers2
marshalmathers2

Will PES return back to its former glory, or will FIFA stay on its thrown as this generation football-sim king ?

Okplay
Okplay

Fifa and Pes - meh ,i prefer go outside and play soccer with friends.

FireFox67
FireFox67

sorry but this looks awful, the animations look so bad :? I dont understand how could the PES franchise get this bad after the amazing games on the PS2, but Fifa, this generation, takes the crown easily

Yasviele
Yasviele

It really look like SH, come on... I can't tell the difference from previous games, more teams? meeh... thumb down for me Yaay! I'm the kind of gamer that would never buy sport games for what I've said.

liffaman
liffaman

why their legs are always folded .. even in the basic walking animation! and their muscles are always out?.. come on its 2012 i cant keep see these mistakes!

Anarchist93
Anarchist93

Why is everyone talking about FIFA in PES's page? They are two different games. Stop comparing and try to enjoy the game rather than wondering if the person who has its competitor is having more fun...

danyjr
danyjr

I don't know whether to choose ProRoboticSoccerSimulationWannabe or FIAllFlashNoSubstanceFA

wars45
wars45

yes ther going head to head for the 1st time as fifa allways comes out few weeks befor pes was talking to some 1 who s play tested pes12 and he say s it reminds him of pes on the ps2 days says it blows pes11 to bits and it will be a lot closer to fifa this year even though fifa will prob win .but this should get some pes fans back .just hope u get more money for wining online master league games

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

It was difficult to adapt to 11's new shooting mechanics, like body stance etc, but now I'm fine with it. The AI was terrible at some times though, and pressing the button that automatically presses the ball holder was cakewalk defending. Glad it gets an overhaul.

NoHotAshes
NoHotAshes

Pro Evo has been terrible since Pro Evo 2008, it took a huge fall from grace, and the fact that FIFA has raised its game considerably means this has sooo much to do to ever reclaim its crown.

ghostgoblin
ghostgoblin

looks like i'm buying fifa first, then pes in the sales..... hmmmmmmm

xpudy
xpudy

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varunvikram1
varunvikram1

Have they gained license for all the teams nooo, try harder konami.

XExpli0te3
XExpli0te3

RORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Cant decide this or fifa 12. Last years pes was beast!!tho

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

Pro evo has been rubbish this generation, while fifa is improving a little each year. This one needs to be a big improvement to take the crown back for best footy game. Will try the demo before buying this.

areszues92
areszues92

Will pick up both, then I'll know which is better.

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

If the gameplay runs as smooth as FIFA 12, I'll probably get both.

Majkic666
Majkic666

going to get this and Fifa 12

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

I always loved Pro Evo. I would defend it to the hills due to all the positives it brought to the genre that FIFA didn't. In recent years though, Pro Evo has gotten slack and FIFA has picked up on it. FIFA is the new king and will be for the foreseeable future.

poypoy72
poypoy72

Damn, I've always been a PES fan but up until now, I have to tip my hat off to Fifa. You guys win it hands down with the upcoming title.

Marasca2
Marasca2

After PES 2011, i'm not excited about this one, that game was completely crap.

Alvaro_20
Alvaro_20

hoho 3 days after my birthday ! this is some rad news

JJMikhail
JJMikhail

Screenshots are useless without being able to actually play the game, some of these headlines should not even be on here but standard posts just to keep us up to date. 2 posts and we've already started the FIFA-Pro Evo debate. Enough already nobody cares, you like FIFA, buy FIFA, you like Pro Evo, buy Pro Evo, simples.

bullyyyyyy
bullyyyyyy

hahahaha ... fifa is still the best and will be the best !