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Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 PSP Review

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is the latest in a long line of football Sims by Konami.
Whilst not the biggest fan of the beautiful game itself, I was intrigued to see what it was about the Pro Evo series that has kept people hooked all this time. It was time for to leave my pre-judgements at the door and see if I can enjoy a game of football. A challenge I initially thought I would find quite difficult.

As you start your game you are asked to set up your friend card, so if you are playing other players over the PSP’s Wireless mode, they can see all of your stats. This is where it hit me that Football is a man’s world. There was no option to create a female friend card so I ended up with quite a feminine looking man called Sarah. Whilst I accept the fact that the vast majority of Pro Evo players are going to be male, and the players themselves are male, would it have been too difficult to include the option to choose to be a female on your friend card? Apparently so.

Once you have done this, you then move onto the main menu where you are hit with options on how to play. I was actually quite impressed at the amount of choices you have. UEFA Champions League Match pits you versus the computer with any two teams of your choosing, Legends enables you to play casual matches with your friends in Ad Hoc mode, Become a Legend mode places you in charge of one player and its up to you to play as him and transfer teams, Master League enables you to form a team out of people you can transfer, while League and Cup modes let you participate in a season or tournament with your desired team. This is a lot of choice; a frightening amount of choice for a football newcomer!

I decided to play it safe and head for the UEFA Champions League. Once I had chosen this mode I was then hit with more options: Competition – guide your favourite team to victory, Exhibition – a 1 off match against the computer and Ad Hoc – play your friends in the UEFA Champions League. I chose Competition and then got the choice of whether I wanted to load previous data, start fresh or receive Playstation 2 data.

The last option struck me as a little odd, surely being Pro Evo 2010, the option to receive data would be receive Playstation 3 data? Or is the PS3 not compatible with the PSP? Either way, if you have bought the Playstation 3 version to play at home and the PSP version to play out and about in the hope you can transfer your data over, you can’t; sorry about that.

Once you have decided what you’re doing, you are then able to choose your team. There is a huge choice from your usual household names, Manchester United and Liverpool, to more exotic choices from Spanish leagues and French leagues. Again choosing to play it safe I went for Man U! You are then given yet more options for your match such as match timings, whether injuries are on or not and what type of football you want to use. Once this is done it’s on to the game itself.

You are given your line up of matches. There are 5 fixtures, with each fixture featuring 16 matches. After these there is then the final fixture with an additional 16 matches. That makes 96 matches in the entire UEFA Champions League. You’re going to be at this for a while! Luckily there is the option to save and quit after every match so you won’t have to sit there and play strait through.

The game itself is actually pretty straight forward; if you are reading this review I am assuming that you already know the concept and major rules behind football itself. If not, in short, grab the ball, run up to the other end of the pitch and bang the ball into the opponent’s goal. Simple.

Starting with the initial pass, you must do everything you can to get that ball into the net. By ways of running, tackling, dribbling, passing and shooting, you aim to outsmart your opponent and score the goal.  The opposition AI is surprisingly good though; gone are the times when running madly up the centre of the pitch and shooting got you the goal 9 times out of 10, now opponents are smarter and more interested in getting the ball off you. That being said, in beginners difficulty I won 8-0 first time by using the run like hell tactic! It has to be said though that higher difficulty levels have cottoned on to this strategy.

Controlling what’s happening on the pitch is very easy - you automatically control the nearest player to the ball. So when the opponent dribbles past the player you were controlling and comes into close proximity of your next player you assume control.
Tackling is done by running into the player with the ball, once you have control you are able to just keep running, pass to another player or shoot if you are close enough to make it worthwhile.

It all sounds incredibly simple right? But that is the beauty of it. Simple controls allow you to immerse yourself in the game. When you’re not worrying about which button does what you are able to enjoy the game more and I must say I found myself getting quite into some of the games.

Helping you to get into the atmosphere further are chanting crowds, advertising boards and the fantastic commentary of Jon Champion and Mark Lawrenson. The commentary really makes you feel part of the game and is absolutely spot on when keeping track of everything as it is happening.

Graphically everything looks well… like a football game! Its not winning any prizes for up to date fantastic graphics, but then again, it doesn’t have to. It’s all there: pitch, players, ball, crowd and it all looks ok. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.  The intro movies are pretty good though, nice graphics with a good selection of licensed music to accompany.

I was surprised to see songs from All American Rejects and The Chemical Brothers make an appearance in the start menu I must admit, but it does add to the atmosphere the game tries to create.

All in all Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is a fantastic game for hardcore football fans, but an equally fun game for the less dedicated footie player. It plays very nicely, mainly due to its simplicity and it can be a lot of fun. The atmosphere is there and you do get immersed in it all with the help of some authentic touches i.e. commentary and fan’s singing. If you want to play football on the go then this is the game for you.

9.00/10 9

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (Reviewed on PlayStation Portable)

Excellent. Look out for this one.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is the latest in a long line of football Sims by Konami.

This game was supplied by the publisher or relevant PR company for the purposes of review
Sarah Nicole Collings

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Angelfromabove
Angelfromabove - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015 Author

I am aware of the fact there is no images with this review but some are being sorted out. Enjoy :)

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TGK
TGK - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

Awesome review! An interesting and unique take on a newbie's view of the game. Very enjoyable to read.

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Angelfromabove
Angelfromabove - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015 Author

Thank you very much Ginge :D I found it quite difficult to review this being as im not really a footie nut but i suprised myself and actually enjoyed it!

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Platinum
Platinum - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

"If not, in short, grab the ball, run up to the other end of the pitch and bang the ball into the opponent’s goal. Simple." Please please please in future refrain from describing football as like this, its almost insulting :p Anyhow interesting review cheers :)

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Snoozer-1428100715
Snoozer-1428100715 - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

Slow lunch break. Thanks for the review. Spotted a couple observations that may help you. :)

[U]Style & Grammar Nazi:[/U] [LIST] [*]Try to be consistent with your capitalisation. You use “football” in the opening line, yet capitalise it in the second paragraph. [*]Opening line misses its paragraphing as does the paragraph “controlling what’s happening/Tackling is done.” [/LIST] [U]Error / Readability Nazi (cross reference these with the review):[/U] [LIST] [*]First paragraph: “It was time for to me to leave my” [*]Third paragraph: “Th[B]ere[/B] is a lot of choice [COLOR="Red"]; a frightening amount of choice (remove)[/COLOR] for a football newcomer!” [*]Fourth paragraph: “a [B]one[/B] off” [*]Fifth paragraph: “the option to receive data would be [B]to[/B] receive Playstation 3 data? [*]General word order issues I can’t be bothered to point out – after all it is your own writing style. [/LIST] [U]Content Nazi:[/U] [LIST] [*]It’s a Sports game, not a Simulation. [*]It’s a PES 2010 review, yet there’s box art for PES 09? [*]When you discuss the amount of fixtures, your review gives the impression that you have to play all 96 matches in the Champions League, rather than just the ones with your chosen team. Am I getting needlessly confused? [*]Thanks for explaining the huge amount of menus and your process of navigating them, as well as how football is played – but how does the actual game play? You mention the AI and how the player selection occurs, but it would have been nice to have less padding and more analysis. [/LIST]

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Angelfromabove
Angelfromabove - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015 Author

ok, plat, im not gonna change that, thats how i see football and its my review so tough luck if its offencive. snoozer, maybe you should put your nazi skills into proof reading, were a little thin on the ground of them, hence the mistakes you have picked up.

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Angelfromabove
Angelfromabove - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015 Author

also i will change the box art now, thanks for noticeing that i must have pressed save on the wrong image

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Platinum
Platinum - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

Fair enough, we both have our opinions, I am a avid football fan and you have stated clearly that you are not, hence why I said that, being a review on a Football game I find it odd that the reviewer has such a limited appreciation of the game. Still like TGK said it does give a unique perspective on the game. Its your review and your right to put what you like in it even if people are (only slightly) offended by it, may I suggest though for future reviews of this type checking out a little more background on the subject, should help with the review :)

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Angelfromabove
Angelfromabove - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015 Author

Fair enough, we both have our opinions, I am a avid football fan and you have stated clearly that you are not, hence why I said that, being a review on a Football game I find it odd that the reviewer has such a limited appreciation of the game. Still like TGK said it does give a unique perspective on the game. Its your review and your right to put what you like in it even if people are (only slightly) offended by it, may I suggest though for future reviews of this type checking out a little more background on the subject, should help with the review :)

thanks for understanding plat :] i was the only person availiable at the time to review it hence why it was done by me and not by a avid footballer. ill take your points on board and apologise for my attitude regarding the first post :d

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Snoozer-1428100715
Snoozer-1428100715 - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

snoozer, maybe you should put your nazi skills into proof reading, were a little thin on the ground of them, hence the mistakes you have picked up.

Heh. I am helping out with the L4D 2 mini site at the moment and sadly that's enough free help I can give. It's also the fact that when you spend the day working in PR, coming home and doing more writing / proofing isn't exactly top of the cards. For example, I just spend 3 hours subbing a reviewers guide. Fun.

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Platinum
Platinum - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

No worrys, Dont normally post in review threads but being a fan this one caught my eye, so sorry on my part if it looks like anyone has been singled out here, just thought my 2p needed to be added :)

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