If you’re a fan of football, or soccer as the Yanks prefer to call this beloved sport, then you’ll be aware of the long running FIFA vs Pro EVO rivalry. While FIFA may not be available for general download on Android, PES 2012 is no default winner. It’s a fantastic app with an effortless control system and some cracking graphics to boot.
Our biggest fear when downloading PES 2012 was that Konami would have over complicated it for smartphone usage. One virtual joystick and four plus action buttons does not a great Android app make. Thankfully, the control system for this football app has been stripped right back for Android with only pass and shoot buttons included.
Although this might seem a bit too simplistic, with your control options restrained you’re actively encouraged to refine and perfect your style of play rather than plough forward and rely on a new combination of button bashing each time.
The difference between FIFA and Pro Evo essentially boils down to that of team licensing. As with its console cousin, most teams playing in the UEFA Champions League or Europa Team is covered with relevant player likenesses and full squad information included. If you want to play through a Premier League campaign, you’ll have to settle for Man Red instead of Manchester United and London FC instead of Chelsea. Considering you’re unlikely to sit down with PES 2012 for hour-long slogs at a time, this really isn’t a problem.
For short commute or a ten minute timewaster PES 2012 is simply great fun, especially since you’re not constrained to playing match after match against the computer. In challenge mode, you can test your skills against your friends on a match by match basis or the superbly fun free kick mode. Here you swipe your the screen in the direction of the goal in order to hit a target, the more times you hit the target the more points you rake up.
Before we wrap things up, we can’t help but PES 2012′s graphical prowess. While not the best thing we’ve ever seen running on Google’s smartphone, there’s no doubting that this is a luscious looking app. Considering it has to run a 3D physics engine too, this is easily the equivalent of BackBreaker 2 and Madden 2012.
Overall, PES 2012 has managed to hit the Android nail bang on its head with some impressively varied gameplay and quality graphics. When FIFA arrives for general release on Google smartphones, there’s going to be one hell of a fight to behold.
The Bottom Line
Classy football app for Android with an impressive array of gameplay options.
Version reviewed 1.0.2
Requires Android 1.6 or higher