Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

 

Learning(i)

Harder to play than FIFA, but still great pitch competition.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns: Because the game can be played online, with full chat support, gamers might hear profanity or other inappropriate content. The chatting feature is not monitored or filtered.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Science

  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Science

  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

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. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Windows, PlayStation 2
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) (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old March 5, 2013
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muy bueno

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Kid, 12 years old February 1, 2013
age 8+
 
LEARNING

Great for experienced players or people who grasp controls well.

It is a great game for FIFA players who want to have more freedom with the ball, but the game offers many to help you score that can get challenging at times. Overall it is a great game with its amazing graphics and AI, but smaller kids may find too challenging.
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