PES 2012 the “Real Football Simulation” (or so it says here) has been announced and as ever will be hitting this Autumn on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, 3DS, hell, even PS2…

“For me, the ultimate aim in the ongoing PES series is to match what people see when they go to a match or watch a big game on TV with what they experience on their console,” said Shingo ‘Seabass’ Takatsuka, the Creative Producer of the Pro Evolution Soccer series. “As such, in consultation with football fans across the globe, we have been working non-stop to isolate and determine how to make our game marry in with how real football is played. This is key to PES 2012, and key to providing the ultimate football experience within a console title.”

Apparently attacking play is the cornerstone of PES 2012, the game utilising a more open approach that allows users to dictate the pace of movement, with all-new AI elements incorporated so team mates make runs and offer support in one-on-one situations; making dummy runs to draw in defenders for example.

Zonal marking and positional defending is also set to be enhanced so that players are forced to work harder to split the opposition defence. Meanwhile a new cursor switching system has been implemented using the right analogue stick to switch to any player on the field.

The physicality of top-level football is represented too, the jostling system extended with defenders relying on their strength and stature to force a player from the ball.

“Team work is what separates the world’s greatest teams from their peers, and is the hub of everything within PES 2012,” adds Takatsuka. “PES 2012 focuses on the core elements of top-level football: attacking play, freedom of movement, the creation of space, and working together as a unit both up field and in defence. These elements combine to create a game that flows and ebbs like a real match, with individual shows of brilliance changing a game, and more control over every aspect of play within a wide-ranging yet instinctive control system. PES 2012 will turn the heads of fans everywhere.”

For us, PES is a franchise that needs a rest, time for a proper reboot, particularly given the hiding handed out to it by FIFA these last few years. Even FIFA’s year-on-year ‘improvements’ is a bit of a stretch with most versions feeling patched more than new enterprises — is there really room for two yearly footy sims?