Pro Evolution Soccer 2010

 
Graphically amazing and detailed soccer simulation game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game's aim is to have players engage in intense but friendly competition with other teams.

Positive role models

The game features world renowned soccer players known for their amazing skill and determination.

Ease of play

The game's controls are fairly intuitive, though require hours of practice to master.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Several soundtrack songs include sexually suggestive lyrics

Consumerism

Stadiums and team jersey feature sponsor names and logos.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is a soccer simulation game with detailed options for tournaments, team management and strategic adjustments. Soccer players and fans will find the the array of hundreds of national teams and leagues and remarkable player likenesses a thrill. Younger gamers, however, may find the realism a bit daunting and potentially frustrating; those expecting a high-scoring, over-the-top experience should look elsewhere. Also, since players can compete against strangers who may trash talk, online play should be monitored. Also note that several songs on the soundtrack have sexually suggestive lyrics. 

 

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What's it about?

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010 (along with the latest in EA Sports' FIFA franchise) is the most realistic soccer game on the market. The sheer number of teams, modes, adjustments and options available is staggering. Players can create teams and manage them through a career, host tournaments with up to 32 players, and much, much more. The basic controls are simple enough, with dedicated buttons for long pass, short pass, shoot, and to switch the player you're controlling at the moment. There's also a 360 degree control scheme that lets players move their athletes in any direction on the field. On defense, buttons control slide tackles, player switching, dashing, and the goalkeeper. These are all standard moves, but advanced players can add variations on these with double-taps and button combinations that form literally hundreds of different moves, passes, and shots.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The most impressive aspect of this game on PS3 and Xbox 360 is the graphics. Player likenesses, soccer pitches, and stadiums are rendered with stunning realism. It's also fun and accessible, allowing casual players to jump into a single game while letting hardcore soccer fans engage in extended tournaments and careers.

There are a few downsides, however. First, the audio commentary is sometimes delayed, repetitive, or, worse, completely out of sync with the action on the field. Plus, the true soccer geeks to whom this game is marketed might be disappointed by the absence of some key leagues and teams. Many fans prefer EA's FIFA series of soccer games for this reason, though it can come down to a matter of personal taste, as both have distinct features. In short, this is a very good game that offers lots of bang for your buck.

Online interaction: Online play will allow players to challenge friends in a variety of tournaments and modes. However, you can also choose to play strangers online where you can expect foul language and poor sportsmanship aplenty. Common Sense Media does not recommened open online play for children under age 12.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the international phenomenon of soccer. It's the world's most popular sport, with far more passionate fans in Africa, Europe and South America than in North America. What aspects of the game make it so appealing across so many nations?

  • Families can also discuss the team(s) they like most. What do you like about them? Do you choose teams based on your heritage? The players who represent these teams?

  • The game's depth may also provide good conversational fodder. Do you prefer deep strategy and team management? Or do you simply enjoy playing against friends and family?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Price:$49.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:November 12, 2009
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bycumar March 29, 2010
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