PES 2013


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Konami details free PES 2013 DLC packs

Konami details free PES 2013 DLC packs

Day-one cosmetic patch, online modes update in early October, summer transfers in mid-October.

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.

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PES 2013 review

PES 2013 review

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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.

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Does FIFA copy PES? EA execs respond to Konami accusations

FIFA boss "feels" for Murphy, hopes management "appreciate" him

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.

PES 2013 demo release date announced

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.

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New PES 2013 gameplay trailer recreates the goals of Euro 2012

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.

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EGXKonami's Eurogamer Expo line-up includes Metal Gear Rising and PES 2013

Plus Castlevania 3DS and ZOE HD. All playable. Plus prizes. Plus other stuff. Plus plus!

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.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 Preview: Pass Master

FeaturePro Evolution Soccer 2013 Preview: Pass Master

Konami's series returns to the dynamic flair football that made its name - and threatens to return PES to the top of the football pile.

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.

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Vita Pro Evolution Soccer in development

Though it may not make it in time for this year's model.

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.

PES 2013 announced with new gameplay video

PES 2013 announced with new gameplay video

Player dribbling, goalkeepers reworked.

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.

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