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PES, MGS:PW, Castlevania sales praised

PES, MGS:PW, Castlevania sales praised

Konami pledges support for NGP, 3DS.

Japanese publisher Konami has praised PES 2011, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Castlevania Lords of Shadow for selling well over the last year.

In its report for the financial year ending 31st March, Konami said it enjoyed "solid" sales of video games with contributions from PES 2011, PlayStation Portable game Peace Walker and action game Castlevania Lords of Shadow.

PES 2011 launched in October 2010 to improved review scores. Eurogamer's PES 2011 review turned up a 7/10.

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Mobile Games Roundup

Mobile Games Roundup

PES! Galaxy! Nebula! Pac! Pop!

Every week, the comments unfailingly ask for more Android game coverage. We're listening. This week, we've managed to up the quota to two titles - but the reality is most developers are still debuting their games on iOS platforms first.

It may not have escaped your notice that both PES 2011 and Pac-Man Championship Edition appeared on iOS initially before eventually migrating to rival platforms. It's a familiar tale.

Whether it's a simple case of the Apple's App Store proving to be a bigger draw for developers is hard to gauge. The truth is, though, that most of the 'new' games to hit the (markedly improved) Android Marketplace have already been reviewed - so we tend to focus on brand new titles instead.

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When Hideo Kojima releases a Metal Gear Solid game, Konami's bank balance explodes. That didn't happen with PSP game Peace Walker, but Konami takes solace in the fact it was at least "well received by hardcore Metal Gear fans".

UK chart: FIFA 11 holds lead

Enslaved, Castlevania make top 10.

FIFA 11 has spent a second week at the top of the UK all-formats chart. Rival football game Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 had to settle for a debut in second.

Free PES 2011 update on Tuesday

Free PES 2011 update on Tuesday

New boots! Players at the right clubs!

Konami will release a free update for Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 on Tuesday, 12th October.

This will bring all game data up to date with the real-world, and add all football teams that have qualified for the Champions League to PES 2011's dedicated mode.

Team kits have been brought into line, too - and four new licensed boots introduced. Get in!

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Title challenge.

Whether you've been playing Pro Evolution Soccer since the PSone - chipping your PS2 to play Japanese copies of Winning Eleven between annual instalments - or whether you've been playing FIFA since it was isometric and never set eyes on the competition, this latest instalment of PES is going to take a little getting used to.

Yes! It's finally happened. Konami has succumbed to all the bullying and ripped PES up to start again. The result - somehow manhandled to completion before its traditional October deadline - shares some of the same philosophical DNA as its predecessors, which is to say it's still very hard to create chances and convert them into goals, but it feels different both to past PES games and FIFA's alternative.

In a year that's seen EA Canada tooting its own vuvuzela about improvements in passing, PES 2011 also makes great strides in moving the ball around. Impressive pace, a sensible passing power bar, a flexible fully-manual passing modifier and devilish through-balls keep the action just below the redline at all times, occasionally reaching a Barcelona-esque crescendo as everything clicks. The actual PES football is a bit of a beach ball, but its behaviour is consistent and slots nicely into the passing system Konami has rebuilt, heightening the excitement and tension with its sharp acceleration and abrupt deceleration.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Back in the game?

They say the same thing every year. Pro Evolution Soccer is reborn! We've learned our lesson! We're not just slapping more lippy on the last PS2 version! So it's been quite painful to struggle through the last few releases. Last year's PES 2010 felt like a step in the right direction, but it was more tentative than it let on, building new layers of tactical customisation and a slightly improved range of movement onto what was fundamentally still the same creaky old game we loved five years ago.

Change is easy to promise, but much harder to deliver. The pleading husband, as his long-suffering wife threatens to walk out, insists he'll change; things will be different this time if only she'll stay. Why should she believe him?

PES 2011 announced, detailed

PES 2011 announced, detailed

Master League Online, new anims, more.

Konami has announced that PES 2011 will be released for PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 this autumn and promised "the most radical revamp in its history".

Yeah yeah, they always say that, but to be fair the press release is packed with things that sound like substantive changes to the developer's approach.

For a start, the game has all-new animations - over 1000 of them - developed from over 100 hours of motion capture.

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