Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Realistic soccer sim is best for experienced gamers.

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Positive Messages

This is a sophisticated soccer simulation game and as such, every player must abide by official game rules. There is no ability to display bad sportsmanship, and the voice-over announcers generally provide constructive or positive comments. Of course, by the very nature of the fact that this is a sports game, it also encourages players to be active.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everyone on the field competes in a professional, sportsmanlike manner.

Ease of Play

The controls in this soccer game are very detailed and sophisticated, so to fully excel, players will need to spend a lot of time familiarizing themselves with the nuances of making the perfect pass or shooting with perfect aim, but even novice players will be able to step into this game and enjoy it using only basic controls. When competing in single-player mode, players will face computer opponents with increasing skill, making the end of the tournament matches quite challenging.

Violence & Scariness

It is possible for players to get knocked around and become injured, but this is done in the context of a professional soccer match and is never gratuitous.


The sides of the stadium contain ads from real-life advertisers just as if players were watching a live soccer match on TV.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is a sophisticated soccer simulation game with teams from all around the world represented. Players choose their home country and compete to the end goal of being crowned the international champion. Fitting in with the context of the sport, players can be hit, fall down, or be injured, but this is all designed to make the experience as realistic as possible. Violence is never encouraged and any time a player is injured, it has a negative consequence on the game.

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Kid, 11 years old July 2, 2012


it is a good game it is very fun and realistic
Teen, 14 years old Written byFalconMJ October 6, 2011


Not very good, as Pro Evo never seems to produce reality.

What's it about?

In PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2012, players select one of numerous international teams and then compete around the globe to secure the spot of #1 team in the world. Players can compete in single, quick-play matches, engage in tournament games, play through leagues, or hone their skills in a number of practice modes. Players can either compete solo against computer-controlled opponents or play with a friend. This game is designed to be the most realistic and sophisticated simulation of soccer available anywhere.

Is it any good?

The most striking thing about Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is its amazing visual presentation. No detail is left untouched from the cloth of the player uniforms to the thousands of spectators that appear in the stands. The gameplay experience is likewise extremely intricate, and although players will likely take for granted aspects like "intelligent" teammates that adapt to the style of each player, or detailed controls that dynamically change based on the position of the ball, it all melds together for a seamless and intensely realistic experience. Casual players may feel intimidated with the bevy of menus, statistics, and settings that appear before the game starts, but true soccer enthusiasts will find many reasons to thoroughly enjoy this game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they learned from playing this video game. Does this game help keep your mind sharp?

  • What other sports do you like to play?

  • What other aspects of life involve teamwork?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: September 27, 2011
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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