Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. Oct 21, 2010
    PES 2011 continues the Pro Evolution Soccer revolution that started with last years instalment and delivers a playing experience that long term fans of the franchise are more accustomed to. With all the improvements it easy to say this is the best PES game in years.
  2. Although PES 2011 can't yet be defined as the best football game on the market, Konami has done a great job in laying the foundations for what seems to be a new course for the franchise.
  3. The Pro Evolution series was known as the franchise that is too old school, too hardcore, and a step behind. I think that's changed, and it's now in better position for itself and the sport as a whole.
  4. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Jan 14, 2011
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  5. Seabass and Konami finally made big changes inside the PES formula, with many improvements in every aspect and a great atmosphere surrounding their production. It's a pity that the game is still limited by some automatisms that prevent it from being a real revolution, but this year we can surely look forward for the future iteration of the saga.
  6. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is definitely an interesting sports game, and even though there are a few minor problems, it's just exciting.
  7. The newest edition of the PES franchise is a great soccer simulation with a revamped and very realistic passing system. The defense AI is doing a better job now and goalkeepers are also acting smarter than they used to. However the new AI shows some flaws from time to time as well. The often too pedantic referee decisions were also getting on our nerves on a regular basis. As far as licensed teams are concerned PES 2011 is far behind its rival FIFA Soccer 11.
  8. 86
    Pro Evolution Soccer is finally back with a good game after a few years of pretty bad titles. The game contains a brandnew pass systeem that works great and the overall pace is a bit faster. The Master League is great again and now also playable online where you can earn money to buy new soccerplayers to reach the top of the competitions worldwide. A great game!
  9. 85
    It is not the best football game, but it is a great football game, and is on the right path to further improvements.
  10. Still in second place - but the best PES in a long time. Fans will feel like an old friend has finally returned.
  11. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is a reboot of the series: pace and reactions had toned down for a boost in realism and the "360 degrees pass" system does a great job in involving the player on the pitch. Unfortunately there's a consistent lack in animation quality that spoils the experience.
  12. Is it fair to say PES is back? I guess so. One big push next year and this again could be the football title to beat.
  13. Jan 14, 2011
    PES has the core experience down, and football purists shouldn't miss a re-creation of the beautiful game as well as it's done here. Unfortunately, everything surrounding the gameplay needs more work before PES can vie for the football gaming crown again.
  14. Jan 14, 2011
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 promised a revamp and it delivered in spades.
  15. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jan 14, 2011
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  16. Jan 13, 2011
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is definitely showing signs of improvement over the stagnation of the last few years. There is still a lot more that needs to be done before it can even attempt to take back the soccer-video game crown, but it's not an impossible feat.
  17. Oct 24, 2010
    PES 2011 has an eccentric approach of soccer. It's fast, fun and action-loaded. There are some flaws, but it's undeniable: the master of soccer games is back.
  18. 80
    Pro Evolution Soccer received a complete make-over with new modes and gameplay elements. Although not as good as FIFA, Konami has build a foundation that can beat FIFA in the coming years.
  19. Just like that, PES is a contender again. There's still a way to go before it gets back to the levels of addictive playability that kept us hooked half a decade ago but the series finally seems to be finding itself on the current-gen consoles. The identity crisis is over and now PES is well positioned to bring its trademark originality back to footie gaming.
  20. Putting some difficult years behind, the 2011 edition of PES has become attractive again. But if it's been able to catch up in any way, its more with what was expected from previous editions than with its competitor FIFA. On almost all fronts, except its interface, formation menus, and ball physics, EA's title seems superior. PES remains an excellent football game, and will be loved by many, but like the "Oranje" team of Holland, its latest performance isn't the best ever, especially when compared the other team.
  21. There are still issues with animations, ball physics and AI but nothing that isn't easily forgiven as a quirk of the game. There is one week between the release dates of FIFA and Pro Evo and while it's not yet clear who will be touring the city in an open topped bus, at last PES has earned its place in the final.
  22. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is a comprehensive reboot of the series, offering improved gameplay and a host of great new features.
  23. A good first step for a brand that still needs a lot of improvement to stand by the competitors.
  24. 80
    A great football game in its own right, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 makes a number of improvements to show that the series is well on the way to a true revolution.
  25. PES 2011 is a solid game. The version of 2010 had already brought us huge improvements, especially in game modes, but the 2011 version mainly refines the gameplay, making the game more cohesive.
  26. Jan 14, 2011
    In talking about this game and writing this review I wish I could say I was talking about all the great features it has, but instead I find myself dismissing it for what it is not. It's not FIFA 11. Top down, FIFA 11 is just the better soccer game. But if you like customization and all kinds of user created content, the possibilities are endless.
  27. Oct 25, 2010
    After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA's ahead by a long shot.
  28. Some will prefer the gameplay of PES 2011 to its EA Sports counterpart (certainly more players than would have in 2010). However, for casual fans and trainspotters alike, the depth and breadth of leagues in FIFA 2011, combined with its continued high-quality gameplay, will leave PES waiting until 2012 for another shot at the title of top football franchise.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 88
  2. Negative: 14 out of 88
  1. Oct 9, 2010
    Simply brilliant, although very difficuilt to master. This years pro evolution represents a reallistic alternative to the real thing. The newSimply brilliant, although very difficuilt to master. This years pro evolution represents a reallistic alternative to the real thing. The new freedom opens up new avenues and new playing styles, passing has taken on a new dimension with the measure and timing becoming instrumental to success. The new angles available on the ball allows you to use the full size of the pitch, use your team mates as decoy options and increase or decrease the tempo of play. Full Review »
  2. Oct 8, 2010
    After many years finally PES seems to follow the right track of...evolution. It's evident that Konami got the message of the fans about theAfter many years finally PES seems to follow the right track of...evolution. It's evident that Konami got the message of the fans about the decline of the once dominant footy franchise. The result is a better game than PES 2010 but still, a game of many problems. Robotic animations, non-realistic keepers, poor refs, annoying bugs, AI glitches, still haunt the game, preventing other nice touches (better presentation, passing system & stadium editor) to really shine. PES 2011 is hopefully the start of something good for the game in the future but it plays as an arcade game rather than a simulation and in the end, falls short to the competition in almost every category. Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2010
    It's getting harder each year to cling onto the memory of PES being the best footballing game out there... PES 2011 It's not as good asIt's getting harder each year to cling onto the memory of PES being the best footballing game out there... PES 2011 It's not as good as FIFA11, but If you love PES, this is the best Pro Evolution Soccer yet. Full Review »