Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Nov 13, 2011
    Arguably less fluid and immediate than its rival FIFA 12, PES 2012's superior single-player game is nevertheless deep, challenging and often outright magical. [Dec 2011, p.102]
  2. Is it better than FIFA? Will the Arse win the league? No and no. [Nov 2011, p.110]
  3. Oct 10, 2011
    The mechanics that have made the series great in years past have made a return, while new additions like offensive off-ball control add an almost endless number of ways players can attack and score.
  4. Sep 30, 2011
    On the pitch this is the best PES ever. It lacks a lot in the game modes though and Konami needs to pick up their ambitions for next year.
  5. Sep 22, 2011
    This year's PES title won't change anyone's mind about the series. It hasn't gotten any less complex, but it also hasn't lost any of its brilliance. In that sense, its success is all its own.
  6. Oct 2, 2011
    If you haven't played a soccer game for a few years, I would recommend that you check out PES 2012 because it offers both a sturdy single-player and multiplayer engine that has a considerably amount of longevity and replay value.
  7. Sep 29, 2011
    PES 2012 delivers better gameplay than its prequel: it's more fun and succeeds in satisfying the player. It's sad that the AI ruins all of this and there aren't any big major steps in the gameplay modes.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 11 out of 42
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    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 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
    PES2012 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
    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 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 »