Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 93
    While a true sense of 'evolution' may be in short supply, Pro Evolution 2010 remains nothing short of a convincing return to form for Konami thanks to streamlined presentation, unpredictable gameplay, intuitive tactical planning, consistently variable challenge and a much-improved online service.
  2. We enjoyed PES 2010's slower pacing, but FIFA 10 is slightly better. Especially FIFA's extensive licenses are missing from PES 2010.
  3. PES may not be evolving at the same rate as its competition, but that makes it comfortable and familiar. [Holiday 2009, p.84]
  4. Pro Evo 2010's headline improvements outweigh those in FIFA 10, but EA's game was at a position of greater strength, and has arguably made a more significant leap, with lots of smaller refinements...We're cautiously proud to confirm PES is back on track. [Nov 2009, p.72]
  5. 87
    Improved graphics, streamlined tactical options and a relatively robust take on the series' winning formula ensure that this is the best PES yet, though it's not quite enough to topple FIFA from its well-earned perch.
  6. Only the missing licenses and the commentator will let you take notice in a negative way. Great graphics, great game!
  7. PES 2010 is certainly the best of its series that we have seen so far on the new generation, but it still misses something. Stunning graphics and realistic ball physics are opposed to some conservative choices still tied to its glorious past, including an incomplete 360° control system.
  8. It’s tough to say which is better, Pro Evolution or FIFA, given that the former has more depth while the latter comes off as the sexier experience.
  9. It has more changes than last year's and it's on the right track, but still far from what we all desire.
  10. 83
    After putting significant hours into both games we’re more than happy to give Konami a nod of encouragement and to say ‘hey, that is more like it. Now we are getting somewhere.’ But that doesn’t change the fact that FIFA 10 is a superior soccer experience in pretty much every component and in a two horse race if you’re not first, you’re last.
  11. 83
    Last year Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 wasn’t really good. This year Pro Evolution Soccer is back as it’s meant to be. Nice gameplay in the great Master League and a lot of other playable options. One point that’s still missing, are all of the official licenses.
  12. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 provides a fun, straightforward experience that builds on last year's game and gets the franchise back on track.
  13. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is immediate and playable. The problem is its attachment with its own past, leaving Konami's title many steps behind Fifa 10. The technical aspect is characterized by ups and downs, with great player realization against bad animations and ugly stadiums. Every fan will decide the winner of the challenge of football this season based on their experiences and their own tastes, but Konami with this new edition of its football title, finds himself sadly still behind its closest competitor, although an obvious first step in the right direction finally seems to have been taken.
  14. Perfectly enjoyable - might be the best PES ever, in fact. But is that a bit of a hollow boast? [Dec 2009, p.73]
  15. It's game on between the big two once again. [Dec 2009, p.114]
  16. PES is slowly creeping back up and it might have a chance to fight back FIFA if it keeps up this way. The return of some serious simulation ensures this is one of the better editions of the past years.
  17. If Konami can build upon 2010 and add a little innovation to the mix while fixing the online modes, then PES 2011 should be on to a winner. Better, but not the best.
  18. Pro Evolution soccer is a good improvement since last year, and is more arcade based than previous years simulations. All you need to do is pick up the controller and enjoy the beautiful game.
  19. Where PES trumps FIFA is in its tactical depth. This year it's bordering on ludicrous just how in-depth you can manipulate the way your team plays. [Dec 2009, p.80]
  20. This was not the year of claim as the king of virtual football for Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, Konami will have to revise and create new moves, win more licenses and create more game modes to meet competition.
  21. The latest edition of Pro Evolution Soccer tries to show something new but, in the end, there are no major improvements. The 'new engine' looks the same as the one of the past edition, while many animations that were to be fixed since ages are unfortunately still there. The only interesting options are the new 'sliding' tactics and the skill cards to apply to each player. In the end it's a good soccer game, but FIFA 10 is on an upper level.
  22. Though the mode on hand are all old hat, they've been greatly refined. The online experience in particular is vastly improved.
  23. PES 2010 is a fast paced and frantic football game and while it lacks the polish of FIFA it's still great fun to play.
  24. PES 2010 brings hope to Konami’s series with its new iteration. Nice gameplay and fantastic visuals for the actually first Next-Gen Pro Evolution Soccer game.
  25. PES is far from perfect, but if the ball starts to roll and two players are competitive to each other, you start to believe in PES again. Konami is pushing this game in the right direction and let us hope that Konami stays on this path. PES stays PES, and FIFA stays FIFA. It’s a certain feeling that should be generated if you play one of the two games. If you’re willing to put some time in this game, you can play for hours with joy.
  26. Even not beautiful as FIFA, PES 2010 is a good improvement in the series, a nice tribute to fans.
  27. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is not the turning point everyone’s been waiting for over the past year. Yet again. The scarce number of novelties, and the low level of innovation and realism, opposite to a gameplay engine in desperate need for a rethinking, eventually have turned THE soccer simulation into something closer to an arcade game. Strangely enough, a game we may still like, though.
  28. 79
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is heading back into the right direction, but there's not a lot of progress yet again. It still faces a few problems and its competition, Fifa, is running away. Fans will definitely enjoy this game, but the regular football lover will probably be better off with Fifa.
  29. 77
    The gameplay is solid; it just isn’t able to keep pace with FIFA 10 in most regards.
  30. PES 2010 is a step forward in the series, much better than the entries in the last few years; but overall it's still behind its main rival, especially on the gameplay side. Animations and transitions aren't realistic, and it just offers a gameplay that its hardcore fans love. The best PES this generation, but that's not saying much.
  31. Overall Konami have upped their game in terms of bringing back the good old days of Pro Evolution Soccer. However with EA's FIFA series has been growing leaps and bounds each year, I'm not too sure if it's too late for Konami to gain the fans interest back.
  32. 72
    PES diehards will defend the strangely robotic take on the beautiful game, but those wanting a flowing, realistic game should eye up the old adversary. [Issue#185, p.76]
  33. Robotic and methodical, and firmly in second place. [Dec 2009, p.97]
  34. It really is a shame that all the improvements are ruined by the online aspect. This may not be a deal-breaker for many people, and the offline multiplayer is as good as previous versions.
  35. Overall then, PES 2010 definitely makes some noticeable improvements on last year's game, but, both on and off the field it still lacks the complexity and polish of EA's rival offering.
  36. PES 2010 is simply not good enough to challenge FIFA's dominance. It's an improvement on last year's effort, and fans of the more arcadey virtual football will find plenty to enjoy, but as a simulation it pales in comparison. PES 2010 is a return to form, but it is not a return to past glories.
  37. It's hard to imagine why gamers would opt for PES over FIFA this year unless they are such stubborn fans of the series that they'll never let go. FIFA betters Konami's offerings more or less across the board this time around, while PES' continued lack of substantial gameplay innovations (even without any comparisons to FIFA) is becoming quite worrying to say the least.
  38. PES 2010 may not have been able to topple FIFA as the leading football game but it’s clear the series is getting back on track and obvious improvements have been made over last years game.
  39. 70
    Unfortunately there are only a few improvements in Pro Evolution Soccer 2010. PES-fans will be happy with some improvements in the different modes, but general soccer fans are better off with EA's FIFA 10.
  40. 67
    Yes, FIFA is the superior offering this year -- but it's a lot closer than you might initially think. If Takatsuka's team tackles the animation issues and online hiccups next year like they addressed the graphics, presentation, and Master League this year, we could have a 2010 videogame footballing derby worthy of Premier League titans Liverpool and Man United.
  41. This year's Pro Evo improves upon its predecessor in some key areas, but it does little else to keep up with the competition.
  42. Five years on from what was arguably the series' peak there has been no substantial development and no willingness to reflect the ambition of its own title - something we cannot abide. [Dec 2009, p.105]
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Nov 19, 2013
    6
    Aunque supera a su antecesor (Pro Evolution Soccer 2009) se queda muy atrás de su senda y de su lucha contra Fifa, perdiendo claramente este año, decepcionante tanto para seguidores poco fieles, como para los mas fieles de la saga, un juego para olvidar, Konami dejaba asi claramente que su reinado en Playstation 3 quedaba lejos, no como en Playstation 2, una lastima, porque el juego prometía incluso a los menos optimistas...pero no valía lo suficiente... Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2012
    6
    PES 2010 was showing its age when it just came out. Very outdated and poor animations, poor AI, but it still feels like the real thing. Menus and modes are great. Full Review »
  3. Aug 24, 2010
    4
    Pro Evo 2010 is awful for many reasons. Its only saving grace is the moderately simple menus, quality graphics and the soundtrack. The game play itself is nothing short of dreadful. The through balls are inaccurate, the player positioning doesn't make sense, your own players run into each other and cause you to lose the ball, players at times will not come to a high ball to contest it (particularly goal kicks) instead standing back and allowing the opposition to assume possession, the overly complicated button requirements to take free kicks, the fact that you cant move on a 360 angle rather there is only a rigid 8 angle axis. the slow nature in which goalkeepers release the ball from their hands, the apparent lack of control professional player have of the ball, the fact that it at time will deliver the ball in the opposite direction that you are pushing and on and on. The point is, although Fifa has its faults, it is in every way superior to this game. Full Review »