PES 2011: Total control beckons
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Once again overseen by Producer Akiyoshi ‘Greyhound’ Chosogabe and his dedicated team, PES 2011 follows the lead set by its Next Gen cousins, and concentrates on giving the player more control over the action than ever before. At the heart of the game lies true multi-directional dribbling, which allows users to run and turn in all 360-degrees, and gives the player greater responsiveness when controlling the ball.
PES 2011 for Wii also retains the dual control methods pioneered by last year’s game. Players can either opt to play the game using a Wii Remote and Nunchuck, with the former used to pick out passes or send players on runs, while the Nunchuck offers total control over the player with the ball. Alternatively, players can use the Wii’s Classic Controller to play in a more conventional style, with the left-hand stick offering full 360-degree movement, and the right stick allowing users to change cursors more efficiently. Players can also play against rivals using different control methods now, regardless of whether they are online or offline. WFC Matches offer a default setting is to play against players using the same control method, but there is an option to play against those using a different control method.
Other key new additions include the ability to tailor the runs players make in set piece situations. The Free Run Set Up allows users to assign several players to make runs before the kick is taken. The Free Run Set Up allows users to run their players into space to create goal-scoring opportunities easily when the kick is being taken, by moving players to bring opposition markers out of defense position. To accentuate this new element, a new camera option is also available during corner kicks, allowing users to zoom in or change the camera angle, allowing the both teams to execute finer controls.
The Wii version of PES 2011 also includes a wider range of feints and skills, while the game is brought to vivid life with more realistic player models and animations. The individuality of players has been emphasised with more attributes allocated to their abilities, and graphically they have been improved in how they look and move - and players even sing the national anthem for certain national sides as they await kick off!
With new and improved online play, the Copa Santander Libertadores mode joining the existing UEFA Champions League options, and the return of the absorbing Master League and Champions Road, PES 2011 represents a welcome return to the most realistic Wii football series available.