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.