PES 2010 kicks off on Wii this Autumn

Konami promises improved graphics and realism with a new instantaneous stamina feature and free-kick system.

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Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer games have long been a staple for fans of "the beautiful game." Though its last incarnation on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was less well received than its Electronic Arts-produced competitor, FIFA 2009, the Wii version of Pro Evolution Soccer fared better, scoring favourable reviews.

Watch out, Torres about.
Watch out, Torres about.

Now, Konami has announced that PES 2010 will be coming to the Wii this autumn alongside its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts, with the publisher abandoning last year's staggered releases. The game will have a whole host of new features, including improved graphics, player animation, and realism.

The gameplay has been significantly overhauled too, with a new game balance system. In addition to overall stamina, players now have something Konami is calling "instantaneous stamina," which has been implemented to thwart some potentially game-breaking tactics. Overzealous sprinting will now have adverse effects on the onscreen players, such as causing them to lose immediate control of the ball.

Konami has also introduced a new free-kick system. Set pieces are viewed from the vantage point of the kicker, and using the pointer system, gamers can target the ball, add swerve, and add additional pace to kicks. Players will also be able to move goalkeepers sooner in matches against human opponents. Controls have been tightened to allow for more fine movements, and AI feints have been added so players can bypass defenders while dribbling.

The UEFA Champions League licence has also been secured for the game, and the game will feature Lional Messi and Fernando Torres on the box art. The licences also allow for "extensive additions" to the Master League in the game.

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