Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Nov 21, 2012
    PES 2013 combines the strengths of its recent predecessors to deliver the most focused game of soccer the franchise has seen in a while. As a result, the series comes closer to FIFA's quality than it has in years.
  2. CD-Action
    Oct 24, 2012
    If you're loyal to Pro Evolution Soccer series you got used to its various shortcomings and you will be pleased with the 2013 edition – it's the best one yet. But today choosing PES over FIFA is like watching a match in the second division instead of the Champions League final. [12/2012, p.52]
  3. Games Master UK
    Oct 17, 2012
    A good improvement on last year's PES, but still lacking the polish to be top dog again. [Dec 2012, p.70]
  4. Oct 15, 2012
    As good as PES can be, and the moments of magic are arguably better than those on FIFA, it has fallen so far behind the competition in so many aspects that it's difficult to make a serious comparison. I know I've come across as a FIFA fanboy here, and PES 2013 isn't without its merits, but if you can only play one soccer game this year, I'd go with the former rather than the latter.
  5. Oct 15, 2012
    Overall Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is a great step in the right direction for the series. There's still plenty of areas that can be improved, specifically the online aspect of gaming, yet more licenses and the menu system could do with an overhaul, but if you're looking for an alternative to *the other game*, or are a Pro Evolution Soccer loyal through and through, you will not be disappointed with what's on offer here.
  6. Oct 11, 2012
    A wonderful return to form. [Issue#90, p.80]
  7. Oct 7, 2012
    PES 2013 brings some great improvements over the previous titles but it still remains bound to some of its historic problems. It feels like a transition chapter: the beginning of a new course for Konami's series.
  8. Oct 6, 2012
    Fundamental to those dedicated enough to play it, but I can clearly see why Konami's still running behind EA Sports, due to the dated content and the small pieces of sloppiness in the presentation.
  9. Oct 5, 2012
    All in all, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 may be a little too late to catch EA's franchise and crown themselves king in this generation of consoles, but if they can keep this momentum and carry into the next generation of systems, they very well may find themselves at the top of the lot once again. For now, PES 13 is a solid replication of the game of soccer and will certainly find its audience. Those who have played FIFA forever and a day and are looking to switch it up a bit, you may be surprised just how much you love Konami's take on the sport.
  10. Oct 4, 2012
    This simulation arcade game is mostly for those who have had a liking for the game in past years, or maybe have become bored with FIFA and want something different. If the price went down a bit, I'd say it's worth buying outright. If not, save your time and dimes for the glitz and glamor of FIFA.
  11. 80
    Those who take the plunge will find a wealth of options to choose from, extreme attention to detail, and what is arguably the best simulation soccer in the industry. Everyone else should probably wait to see what Konami has planned for next generation.
  12. Oct 3, 2012
    Successfully executing plays in its more complicated control system, especially in trapping and dynamic one-two passing, does feel appropriately rewarding. There's definitely an appeal to the more challenging game in Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, and I happily encourage players to give it a shot.
  13. Sep 30, 2012
    Konami made the decision to do some radical changes in the gameplay of PES 2013 and succeeded in creating the most enjoyable PES of the past few years.
  14. Sep 25, 2012
    In the great football war, Pro Evo may come up short to rival FIFA when it comes to an across-the-board feature set, but I think the gameplay is better in Konami's title. With this iteration Konami is inching the franchise forward by both refining its product while not being afraid to try new things.
  15. Sep 25, 2012
    This year's game might not be as accessible as it once was, but that is a sacrifice Konami was willing to make, and it paid off well in the end, improving where it matters most – the gameplay.
  16. Sep 25, 2012
    Slowly Konami is starting to enhance its soccer experience and with PES 2013 we've finally got a good product that still misses some of the best features we'd like to see in a soccer game.
  17. Sep 24, 2012
    Were it not for some technical issues and licensing problems, the new PES could be even better. PES 2013 is most certainly the best installment in the series in years. The developers are on the right path of changing things for the better, and right now constructing actions and scoring goals is very enjoyable. Everything has been rebuilt - from the defensive to the attack, and an improved AI allows to keep the team disciplined in terms of tactics. Having in mind next year's supposed revolutionary changes, we can assume, that PES is back in the game for real.
  18. Sep 21, 2012
    A handful of smaller gripes such as the awful soundtrack, lacklustre menu and pre-game presentations, and – in the review build we received – constant replays that couldn't be switched off don't really diminish the experience too much. Fans squabble over the best football title with the passion they usually reserve for supporting their respective teams, but there is room for both PES and FIFA in the marketplace, as both serve very different audiences. That said, this is undoubtedly the best PES yet, but Konami's big problem will be getting people to give it an honest try.
  19. Sep 20, 2012
    In PES 2013 there's a distinct realism to the flow of the game, how players move, how they receive the ball, how they pass, and how they look for space. It still lacks polish in both execution on the field, and particularly execution in the menus and management to make a serious run at FIFA's crown, but PES 2013 will absolutely wow soccer purists on-the-field, and if that's important enough to you, then this is the pick in the 2013 virtual soccer stakes.
  20. Sep 20, 2012
    No one was expecting a PES like this. Finally, after some years of agony, Konami's game returns in great shape.
  21. Sep 20, 2012
    While its presentation and game modes fall further behind the competition, PES 13 has made improvements where it really counts. There's a fabulously entertaining football game at its heart, one that finally lives up to the high standards of the PES games of old. Sure, it may have given up its pick-up-and-play accessibility to get there, but with such satisfying, thoughtful, and tactical gameplay on offer, it's well worth the effort.
  22. Sep 20, 2012
    How does PES 2013 compare to FIFA 13? It's still very much an apples to oranges comparison, even with PES 2013 finally matching its long-term rival. FIFA excels in control, presentation and licenses while PES 2013 has depth, unpredictability and speed.
  23. Sep 19, 2012
    PES Productions demonstrates a deep understanding of how to go about recreating the feel of exiting and modern soccer. Hopefully, next they will show us how good it can look, too. Until then, I´m pretty happy to sink my teeth into this one.
  24. Sep 19, 2012
    There's no doubt that Konami need to rip out the entire front end of PES for essential modernisation, but the best menu system and career mode in the world mean nothing without a fabulous game of football at its heart. That's what Konami have focused on this year, getting it right on the pitch. That focus and a new-found determination to not be left behind is stamped all over PES 2013, an excellent and long-overdue return to form.
  25. Sep 17, 2012
    Personally, Pro Evo 2013 feels a bit too much like work. Videogames are meant to be fun and, while I appreciate the finesse and hardcore aptitude required to impress in Pro Evo, I can't help but think that time would be better spent on a pitch mastering the real-life sport.
  26. Sep 17, 2012
    We do sometimes, even if it is briefly, get the feeling we're playing a classic PES game from the series. Still rough around the edges though.
  27. Sep 17, 2012
    PES 2013 manages to do something only the best arcade experiences achieve. It offers playability to those who want to dip their toes in and hardcore techniques for the serious gamer.
  28. 80
    There's no denying that PES 2013 is a huge improvement over the last few offerings. However, the years spent fixing the football side of things have allowed FIFA to eclipse it in terms of game modes, so that's what Konami should now focus on evolving for next year's edition.
  29. Sep 17, 2012
    PES 2013 is once again a lot more realistic and gives the player more (tactical) control. Due to the slow tempo and the many tactical ways of putting your team on the field, every player can put a well thought through game on the pitch. Unfortunately the goal is mostly defended by incapable, badly trained chimps and on top of that the game also has some traditional PES-problems: bad animations, few licenses and an overall lacking finish. PES 2013 is like F.C. Barcelona playing in a tiny 500-person stadium; the quality of the game can never really be fully appreciated.
  30. Sep 17, 2012
    Due to AI improvements and better pathing of the players, PES 2013 feels smoother than last year's incarnation of the series. Add new features like PES Full Control or player ID and you get the best PES so far on next generation consoles. Too bad though that the AI still tends to be absent in some situations and that the graphics haven't been improved since 2010.
  31. Sep 17, 2012
    It's not ground breaking and it's by no means perfect, but PES 2013 – more than its recent predecessors – feels like a game with a sense of identity and direction.
  32. Sep 17, 2012
    PES 2013 is absolutely better than its predecessors. An enhanced version of last year's iteration, and finally a sports game from Konami in this gen that truly deserves to be bought by soccer fans.
  33. Sep 16, 2012
    PES 2013 is the best PES in this generation, and it's a great football game. Deep control, fluid matches and fun experience. With a new engine it could be a serious contender in the future.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 78
  2. Negative: 16 out of 78
  1. Sep 29, 2012
    This game is trying to be like fifa when konami realized that everybody was migrating to fifa, but the game still terrible like the otherThis game is trying to be like fifa when konami realized that everybody was migrating to fifa, but the game still terrible like the other version. The gameplay is terrible, like the phisics Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2012
    this is easily the best pro evo since pes 6 a much welcome return to the good old days. the graphics are superb as ever and the game play isthis is easily the best pro evo since pes 6 a much welcome return to the good old days. the graphics are superb as ever and the game play is drastically slowed down but it makes the game so much more compelling to play Full Review »
  3. Oct 7, 2012
    If you are new to the game, don't take it too seriously, and don't play online, then this might seem like a sublime football game. I howeverIf you are new to the game, don't take it too seriously, and don't play online, then this might seem like a sublime football game. I however am not new to the game, I do tend to take it seriously, and I do play online. So whilst Pro Evo 2013 does indeed offer blistering good playability with a pace of action that can have your heart jumping out of your chest, all this is meaningless when Konami yet again have proved inept at balancing the AI engine. Whilst they have seen fit to make crossed balls and heading totally pointless this year, they have totally overpowered the dribbling ability in the game which once again, just like the old days, means that competitve PES is basically a rat fight between penalty boxes as the two opposition robotically and unrelentlessly push to score as many easy tap ins as they can within a 10 minute game. Sure, PES can play a stunning game of football, but if you are interested in winning, it is totally necessary to bypass the game engine and exploit exploit exploit. Konami fail once again. Full Review »