Pro Evolution Soccer has been in second place to FIFA this entire console generation and this may still be true when considering the graphics or licensing, however the AI and subtle animations in Pro Evo have always helped add a touch of realism that FIFA simply lacked in the past. This year PES 2013 promises even better AI and more options for controls than ever before.
Any yearly released sports game is almost always better than it's predecessor, and this again is the case with PES 2013. The AI is great and particularly the goalkeeper AI has been improved dramatically. You will no longer see them do strange dives or run after the ball indecisively, and the characters will react to the ball in a very realistic manner. Ball physics and player animations weren't broken, so inevitably were kept the same, but everything looks to be a little more fluid as you have more freedom over how to control the ball.
The training/tutorial mode helps show off some of the key new features, and seems to be focused on the new features only. The new techniques can be helpful, but I found myself forgetting how to do all of them, and discovered the timing to be so precise that it made most of them nearly useless. This obviously depends on player skill level, and I am an amateur at best! Of course, those who will inevitably play this game constantly over the year, will eventually be able to perform these actions with little to no problems.
Fans of this series, and especially those who play at a much higher skill level will see the fruits of Konami's new football game, with the right analog stick playing a much larger role in "faking-out" defenders and the goalkeeper in one-on-one situations. Once you’ve mastered this faking-out, the AI will be nothing but a memory, as you will be wanting to take your newly practiced skills online.