PES 2010 Update!

‘Liverpool and Spain striker joins Lionel Messi as the face of PES 2010, as Konami lifts lid on even more gameplay advances’

So now.. Fernando Torres is on the cover.. Liverpool fans would be looking forward to the release of PES 2010 as this means Liverpool FC would be licensed again right? Wondering who would be the other english team. Man Utd again? In recent years, there has only been 2 licensed English teams each year. From Man Utd and Liverpool, to Chelsea and Arsenal, and last year Tottenham and Newcastle! (As Micheal Owen is on the cover). On the International Scene, majority of non-european countries have been fielding players with funny names, though I am sure the inclusion of several Asian teams such as Thailand, as well as AI controlled Malaysia, brings about a refreshing feel.

Konami have not been able to challenge for licenses with giant game manufacturer EA. Instead, it had dedicated most of its resources to improving its gameplay to win fans over, and we gamers appreciate that. There has been a long-going debate as to which is the better game, FIFA or PES. In my humble opinion, why not get both? Both games offer different experience and gameplay, with FIFA clearly outstanding in the graphics and license department, and PES renowned for its realistic gameplay.

FIFA had taken note of this fact, and has been making commendable effort to revamp its gameplay as well. I tried FIFA 09 on the PSP. It is indeed inferior to PES 2009. However, when I played FIFA 09 on th PS3, i was amazed. It was indeed more challenging, and coupled with the brillant graphics, made FIFA 09 one of the must have titles for PS3. I have not touched PES 2009 on the PS3 so I could not compare. If you have experience, please let me know how is it. Thanks! And in a few months time, FIFA 2010 and PES 2010 would be released. The competition is heating up, with both sides striving to improve their games, and those who stand to gain the most would be… US! We would be looking forward to realistic soccer game in FIFA and addition of licenses in PES.

Let the anticipation begins.

Press Release

‘Konami Digital Entertainment has announced that Liverpool FC and Spanish international striker Fernando Torres is to join Lionel Messi as the cover stars of PES 2010.

Torres, 25, has enjoyed an incredibly successful season both at club and international level, and will now join UEFA Champions League winner Messi on the front of PES 2010’s packaging and marketing materials. Fernando Torres was born in Madrid in 1984, and gained acclaim by helping Spain win the Under 16 UEFA European Championships in 2001 scoring the only goal in the final against France. His pace and prowess in front of goal saw him signed by Atlético de Madrid as an 11-year-old, making his mark in the first team from the age of 17 and scoring 82 goals in 214 league appearances for the club. This form took him to Liverpool for a £26m fee in 2007, where his prolific strike rate has continued and has seen him cement his place in the senior Spanish national squad. Torres was a pivotal figure in Spain’s successful EURO 2008 campaign where he again scored the only goal in the final against Germany.

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“Everyone knows that when it comes to football simulation, Konami’s PES series is by far the most realistic title available,” commented Torres. “The new game looks absolutely stunning, and I look forward to seeing myself in action in PES 2010.” “Fernando Torres has established himself as one of the most exciting strikers in the game,” added Jon Murphy, PES European Team Leader. “He encapsulates everything that is good about the modern game, showcasing both pace, skill and vision – three elements that play a major part in PES 2010 as a football simulation.”

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