Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 Game Poster Image
Harder to play than FIFA, but still great pitch competition.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 27, 2019

The game that got me back into PES.

I've been absent from PES since 2010. Two years later, this comes out. This felt improved and is somewhat addictive. Though violence isn't present, pl... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 5, 2013

What's it about?

Similar to previous versions of Pro Evolution Soccer, this new disc is a soccer experience that leans more toward a simulation than a faster-paced arcade game. This year, Konami Digital Entertainment said it worked primarily on control, offering gamers more freedom on the pitch, slower play to allow for better ball dribbling, and more responsive player control. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 also offers fully manual passing and for the first time ever, manual shooting, allowing gamers to determine the height and power of each kick. Finally, Konami said player individuality was also a priority; the top players are recognizable via signature moves, skills, and tricks that bring these stars to life.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about soccer game series. Which do you like better: the Pro Evolution Soccer games from Konami or EA Sports' popular FIFA series? Which franchise is more fun, authentic, or accessible?

  • Do you prefer playing real soccer or soccer games? Why?

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love sports and soccer

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate