PES 2012 by Konami is an Android version of the popular Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The realistic simulation, stunning graphics, and numerous game modes make it an engaging title for long-term fans and newcomers alike.
Fluid soccer action
Konami returned with PES 2012 to counter FIFA 12, its most fierce competitor. The game relies on the gameplay elements that made its previous version so famous while refining existing features. The result is realistic, fast, and fluid. Unlike titles such as Football Manager 2013, this one doesn’t have you oversee a team on their path to glory. Instead, you’re in the driver’s seat, navigating every match to the best of your ability.
Those skills grow in importance with the 2012 version and its three control systems. Notably, you get the ability to manage even the team members that aren’t guiding the ball. This lets you develop more intricate strategies towards goal scoring.
The game includes quick matches, exhibitions, UEFA and Europa league seasons, and domestic cups. While it lacks some licensed teams and players, there’s enough variety to keep you entertained for a long time.
Among the best new modes that you’ll encounter in this game is the Super Challenge. It’s the full Pro Evo Master League equivalent for Android devices.
The Free Kick challenge is the polar opposite. It lets you experiment with your capabilities in a minigame that hones your skills as you’re trying to exceed your previous score.
The improved artificial intelligence made the gameplay smoother, with rare animation glitches. Player movements look better and more realistic. The graphics are fantastic, with familiar faces from the soccer world imitating the gestures of real players. The cheering audience in the background is there for an extra adrenaline pump with each score.
Overall, PES 2012 doesn’t bring much innovation to the table. However, it maintains the features that earned it its massive popularity in the first place. It’s a fantastic mobile soccer simulator.
Should you download it?
Yes. If you enjoyed the previous games, this one is a slicker, improved version of what you already know and love.