Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 PlayStation 3

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  1. Play UK
    Nov 27, 2011
    74
    Drop the Football Life rubbish, please. [Issue#210, p.82]
  2. Oct 10, 2011
    74
    If you're looking for a competent, although not quite as complete or well rounded alternative to FIFA, give PES 2012 a look.
  3. Oct 26, 2011
    70
    PES 2012 does nothing revolutionary to the series, but the new Off the Ball control and slightly improved gameplay raises the overall experience. Still behind it's EA Sports competition, who offers a more fine tuned approach to the sport, Konami at least takes one solid step forward this season.
  4. Oct 9, 2011
    70
    Whether you can forgive the rushed dialogue text, the constant nagging and the unfinished presentation is a matter of personal patience but those who make apologies for the dodgy physics are giving Konami free reign to present another unfinished game next year. I think PES fans deserve better than this.
  5. Oct 3, 2011
    70
    Konami still hasn't "struck gold" in this generation. Although the developers tried to improve some aspects of this year's edition, it's only after the inevitable patch that some of the major problems are dealt with.
  6. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    That being said, PES should still be top of your shopping list if you're after a game that takes the most exciting elements of the beautiful game and concentrates them into one package.
  7. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    It's still fun and there will be people who will prefer this to FIFA. But, in our opinion, it has too many flaws that should have been fixed long ago.
  8. Sep 22, 2011
    70
    No two matches -- even between the same teams -- ever feel quite the same, and it's that element of surprise that just might, at least offline, make Pro Evolution my go-to soccer game this season.
  9. Oct 12, 2011
    65
    PES 2012 doesn't help itself by remaining in stagnant waters, and if it doesn't receive a complete overhaul next year, then we're afraid the end is nigh.
  10. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Oct 3, 2011
    58
    It's too obtuse for a newcomer to the sport, but those who understand the gravity of the phrase, "downloading the right Option File" and all that comes with it, PES 2012 is worth a look, once Konami has finally ironed out its issues.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 44
  2. Negative: 11 out of 44
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    8
    The PES series may have taken a dive the previous few years but the latest incarnation is a welcome return to the feeling of ease and fun thatThe PES series may have taken a dive the previous few years but the latest incarnation is a welcome return to the feeling of ease and fun that the old PES games had, its not as realistic as the other game from EA but it plays a fantastic game of footie. Dont believe the negatives... all no doubt fans of that other game who havent even touched this. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    2
    PES2012 is in all ways an inferior product to this years Fifa12. The graphics, gameplay, animation, onlineplay and singleplayer gametypes arePES2012 is in all ways an inferior product to this years Fifa12. The graphics, gameplay, animation, onlineplay and singleplayer gametypes are all inferior to Fifa12. I would say that PES2012 competes in quality with last years Fifa11 but even then it would a hard time to reach the quality of EA's offering. Just a waste of money when you have Fifa12. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2011
    9
    This plays a great game of football - player AI movement and response is great. There is a lot of variety within games, so this feels lessThis plays a great game of football - player AI movement and response is great. There is a lot of variety within games, so this feels less robotic than the other title, and so more realistic. The goalkeeper problem is overstated, and I have not noticed a problem there at all. Full Review »