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CNET Editors' review
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is a free iOS app for soccer fans who want to do more than sit in front of the TV and watch the game. Its visual elements are very professionally designed and as soon as you launch the app, you'll enter into the atmosphere of a stadium full of spectators eager to watch a great soccer game.
The model players are decent enough to make the game fully enjoyable. As you launch the app, you'll be given the basics in a short tutorial, informing you about your controls, which (in the free version) are a joystick and A and B buttons to make passes and to shoot according to how long you press them. The controls do take some time to get used to on a flat screen, but as soon as you get the feel, you are off to a great soccer game.
PES 2012 has all the necessary elements of good TV coverage, too. We liked the replays of the best shots we took (obviously!), especially that, just like in a live broadcast, you get the same shot from different camera angles. Another great addition is the commentator's voice, along with the stadium noises, which increases the tension as a good goal opportunity approaches.
Despite some minor gameplay issues, PES 2012 is a fun app to use and won't cost you a dime to play.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A FREEMIUM GAME. You can play UNLIMITED MATCHES against your friends' SUPER CHALLENGE team using your own SUPER CHALLENGE team.QUICK MATCH is limited to one half time. First update is in the works, expect delivery of audio commentaries and more Super Challenge matches for demo-users very soon!An In-App purchase is necessary to unlock the following full feature set:Live the PES 2012 experience with your friends in the most connected edition of the best football game on smartphones! With two brand new games modes, full social networks integration, asynchronous and live multiplayer over wifi and Bluetooth: you will never play alone again.DISCOVER THE BRAND NEW SUPER CHALLENGE MODEBuild your very own dream-team by purchasing the most wanted players in an on-going league. Want Ronaldo in your team? In PES 2012 you can!VICTORY IS SWEETER WHEN YOU KNOW YOUR RIVALDefy your friends by downloading their Super Challenge teams online to play against on your iPhone or iPad and post the score on your Facebook to claim bragging rights. FOOTBALL GAMEPLAY AT ITS FINESTWith an improved AI and goalkeepers behaviours, you will soon find out why expensive players are worth every penny with dedicated high-end animations and a complete set of stats.DIVE INTO THE FIELD IN COMPLETE IMMERSIONWith added crowd jeers and cheers, retina support, all new stadium, official UEFA Champions league and Europa League, Liga BBVA, Ligue 1 and much, much more!DID YOU JUST SAY MORE?With a flurry of content such as unlockable classic national teams, 24 different balls, 6 varied environmental combinations such as rain and snow, exhibition mode and 3 different controls configurations: tinkering the perfect setup will never have been so fun. BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK WITH UNIVERSAL APPBuy once and play on any of your iOS devices, the game automatically scales to accommodate even your older device. Have an iPad? Enjoy the stunning graphics of PES in native resolution without any additional cost!YOU WILL NEVER BE BORED AGAINTwo special modes dedicated for these moments when you just have a few minutes to kill, in Quick Play youll be kicking in less than a minute, and in the brand new Free Kick Challenge youll be able to surpass your shooting skills with effects and touchscreen accuracy!
What's new in this version: The first update of PES 2012 already brings in tons of new content!- Added in-game audio commentaries.- Extended the number of Super Challenge matches to 3 in the demo.- Allowed demo users to use consumable Super Challenge credits to modify their team.- Granted 2 000 extra credits upon creation of a new Super Challenge team.
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