For years, American soccer fans looking for some virtual kicks have turned to the FIFA video game series almost exclusively. But thanks to improved graphics, a smarter AI and faster gameplay, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2012 offers a legitimate option for today's gamers.
In addition to its action-packed matches, PES features good depth in its Master League and Become a Legend modes. Master League mode allows players to manage their own teams by making trades, calling plays and dealing with the impossible demands of narcissistic athletes. The mode plays like a more accessible version of Football Manager 2012, providing an engaging experience without all the graphs and spreadsheets. With tons of challenges along the way, Master League mode offers plenty of options to keep aspiring managers busy.
If you'd rather get on the field than call the shots from the bench, check out Become a Legend mode, which lets you take a player from scrub to superstar. If you're playing PES by yourself, Become a Legend is probably the most engrossing way to work through the game.
Although Pro Evolution Soccer has been around for years, the 2012 edition represents a huge step forward for the series. PES 2012 isn't perfect—the game has licensing for only two of the 20 premier soccer leagues—but it's definitely worth playing. Check out Master League and Become a Legend modes for unique challenges and truly immersive experiences.
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