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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.
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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.
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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Price: $59.99 ($49.99 for PC)
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Konami
- Release date: September 25, 2012
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E for (No descriptors)
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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