The hacks keep on coming: this time it's Konami's turn.
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The brilliant Borderlands 2 has finally dethroned Sleeping Dogs to take this week's UK all-format chart number one.
Just yesterday I was busy telling you how PES 2013 is a triumphant return to form and feels like a much more finished game than its immediate predecessors. But while that may be true for matters on the pitch, Konami still feels it has some work to do off it, and so is preparing a series of free DLC packs that add new online features and update licensed content and player data.
The content and player data updates will come in two bursts. The first is a day-one patch that adds three licensed stadiums for the newly promoted Spanish clubs (Celta Vigo, Real Valladolid and Deportivoooooo), as well as updating the kits for 37 licensed clubs including Marseille, Ajax, Porto, Besiktas and Corinthians.
The second will arrive in mid-October and reflects all the summer transfer dealings (presumably including Robin Van Persie's move to Manchester United, which hasn't gone through in the retail code we've been playing), as well as adding further stadia, UEFA elements, team updates and online element updates. We're promised more details shortly.
Wake up, everyone! With PES 2013, Konami has finally pulled off the excellent game it's been threatening to release for the last couple of years. On the scale of dramatic football comebacks it's not quite up there with That Night in Barcelona (© Clive Tyldesley) or The Miracle of Istanbul, but it surely comes close.
The first thing you notice is what you don't notice. Players are much less likely to ignore the ball as it glides past them within easy reach than they were in PES 2011 and 2012, and somebody's finally introduced the ball to Sir Isaac Newton, so it no longer behaves as though it's weaving through a cluster of dancing singularities, subject to random stabs of acceleration. At a basic level, it's as though all the dangling threads of unfinished programming have been knitted together into something approximating the actual sport.
This year's instalment gives you a much more responsive, consistent and productive range of basic controls, too. Passes along the ground are fast and accurate, there are driven and floated aerial passes, and a good first touch is down to a timely stab of the right trigger, injecting a bit of skill into receiving the ball.
Annual football fest PES 2013 will attempt to get a leg up on FIFA 2013 by launching a week prior to its archival, Konami has confirmed.
PES 2013 has officially licensed Brazilian teams - a first for the series.
Konami has announced a raft of licensed teams for upcoming football game PES 2013 - 150 to be exact.
Konami has released a new PES 2013 video showcasing the game's Player ID system.
Konami has opened a studio in London to help make PES.
EA Sports has responded to claims its FIFA team has been "copying" bitter rival PES, with football boss Matt Bilbey voicing sympathy for his accuser, Konami's Jon Murphy, suggesting the development team didn't "listen" to him.
The PES 2013 demo launches on 25th July for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Konami has announced.
Eight teams are available. England, Germany, Portugal and Italy make up a quartet of international teams, and Santos FC, SC International, Fluminense and Flamengo are for use in the Copa Libertadores mode. All the difficulty settings are available in the demo.
For more on the game, check out Martin's PES 2013 preview.
Konami has released a new PES 2013 gameplay trailer that recreates some of the goals of Euro 2012.
In almost two minutes of pure gameplay footage goals are scored by Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
A recreation of Balotelli's screamer and header that put out Germany are in there (no sight of his shirtless Mega Man celebration, though), as are a couple from Ronaldo, including the flying header that knocked out the Czech Republic.
Expoooooooo! There are now only 78 days to go until this year's epic Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court on 27th-30th September. Today we're announcing that Konami is bringing its biggest-ever playable line-up, allowing you to go hands-on with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, PES 2013, Zone of the Enders HD Collection and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on 3DS.
Fresh footage from PES 2013 has shown off a number of the game's modes.
Pro Evolution Soccer developer Konami has criticised rival EA's emphasis on aesthetic tweaks for FIFA 2013.
Jon Murphy has had enough. I can see it in his face as we sit down for our interview in Konami UK's Chiswick offices. And I can feel it in every answer he delivers to all the questions I put to him.
With the game's lead developer, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
As we walk amongst the dying embers of this round of consoles, it's safe to say that this generation hasn't been as kind to Pro Evolution Soccer as the last. The series' journey since its stuttering first steps and the rising fortunes of its rival have been documented well enough; but in FIFA's shadow, PES has quietly, and at times brilliantly, rebuilt itself as a dynamic, quick-fire alternative to the more studied rhythms of EA's game.
That journey was kicked off by Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, a game that dared to tear apart the series' fundamentals and start from scratch - an approach that, given the slow start that PES had on HD consoles, made perfect sense, taking the series in a direction that favoured fast-paced, combative football.
Having thrown its cards in the air a couple of years back, it feels like they've finally come down to settle into place for PES 2013. After two exciting if flawed outings, here's something approaching the end product, a realisation, perhaps, of what Pro Evo could and perhaps should have been this generation.
Konami has confirmed that it is working on a Vita version of its long-running football series Pro Evolution Soccer - though it may not be out in time to coincide with the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013.
Konami is looking to the Fox Engine for the next generation of Pro Evolution Soccer as it seeks to avoid the slump it found itself in when the series moved to HD consoles.
Konami's yearly accounts are out, whoopee, and the big success story is games for social networking services (SNS).
Konami has announced PES 2013, due out this autumn. It launches on Nintendo 3DS, PC, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. No mention was made of PS Vita.
Konami said the game sees the series returning to its roots, with an emphasis on individual skills. Included for the first time is full control over shots. The result of this, Konami said, is "the most faithful recreation of modern day football to date".
This is described as PES FullControl, or PES FC (see what they did there?). Within it are a number of key pillars: Total Freedom of Control; Dynamic First Touch; Full Manual Shooting and Full Manual Passing; Dribbling; Full Manual One-Two; Response Defending; and Goalkeepers.