PES 2011(PSP) Thursday 20 October, 2011

Football on the go is generally awful but this is not only as good as it gets but also quite good in it’s own right.

I’m a long time devotee of Konami football. I remember spending many hours playing International Superstar Soccer on the SNES. I briefly flirted with FIFA games on the Playstation but when it came to the Playstation 2 it was all about Konami. Now, as an XBox360 owner I’m told that FIFA is where it’s at for football games. EA can go foul themselves as far as I’m concerned. I’ve tried to get to grips with FIFA but it just feels alien and odd to me. I’ve tried to get to grips with PES on the 360 but that also feels alien and odd. I felt set adrift on a sea of football-less-ness.

Then it occurred to me that the PSP is pretty much a mobile PS2. I did not dare to dream that it would be as good as I remembered. Which is just as well really because PES6 and PES2008 were pretty terrible on the PSP. I was horrified to find that the Master League component of both games did not allow for player development! What’s the point of that then? They also felt a bit crude in the gameplay region. It’s taken quite a bit of getting used to the fact that there is no slow dribble button (the PSP only has 2 shoulder buttons as opposed to the Dualshock’s 4).

Then Konami released PES2011 on the PSP. It’s (nearly) everything you could hope for. Great gameplay, smooth graphics and player development. ┬áThe only thing that’s missing is challenge training but that is a small miss.

PES on PSP is the perfect game for the football fan who has a daily commute. Like a long lost friend returning PES 2011 is welcome to stay for as long as it likes.

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