A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn the rules of professional soccer, codes of conduct on the pitch, and how to follow the rules. Kids can also learn about healthy team-based competition, which includes working together for a common goal and respecting other players, nationalities, and races. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is a fun soccer sim that teaches kids about the sport by letting them play it virtually.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is a soccer simulation designed to recreate professional soccer matches. As with most team sports, these games don't contain any questionable content and generally give a positive message.
Positive Role Models
The game has lifelike soccer players based on real stars. If these players are good role models in real life, they may be considered good role models in the game, too -- but the opposite is true, as well.
Ease of Play
On one hand, the game is easier to control than previous versions as it now has a slower pace, but on the flipside a number of new and advanced moves are difficult to master. As with past games in this series, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is best played by experienced players over casual ones who might find FIFA games more accessible.
Products & Purchases
Similar to FIFA Soccer games from EA Sports, these games have plenty of branding on the players, on billboards, and elsewhere in the stadium. Examples include Nike, Adidas, and NetShoes, to name a few. It's not unlike what you'd see in a real game but there's probably in-game advertising at play here.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is a soccer sim with no inappropriate content. It is harder to play than other soccer sims such as FIFA. Parents need to know that the game offers open unsupervised online chat via headset microphone, and that kids opting to go that route might hear bad language and be asked inappropriate questions from strangers.
Is It Any Good?
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is quite good. While the various solo and multiplayer game modes are unchanged over previous games, the slower-paced game allows for greater player and ball handling. Also, the artificial intelligence (A.I.), player animation, and player individuality are also noticeably better over previous games. Along with slower play, gamers can press the R2 button on the controller to add some extra moves to deke out opponents, vary the speed of their dribbling, pass more accurately, and move more freely on the pitch. Aside from optional 3D support for the PlayStation 3 version of the game, the presentation isn't nearly as polished as EA Sports' FIFA soccer games (including lackluster play-by-play and color commentary). But at its core this soccer sim is a fun and challenging sports game.
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