...two halves PES 2012
Due 14 October (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Having taken its eye off the ball in recent seasons, Pro Evolution Soccer
(or PES, to its fans) has been forced to make some drastic changes to avoid dropping out of gaming’s Premier League. Konami knows there’s no ‘I’ in team, but there are two in winning, so efforts have been made to give you more control over everyone on the pitch. Teammate Control enables you to move two players at once, allowing you to make runs off the ball and draw defenders out of position. If that proves about as easy as flying a helicopter blindfolded, Active AI promises to make intelligent, defence-splitting runs for you.
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Two games... FIFA 12 Due 30 September (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Some of the great rivalries of football: Celtic vs Rangers, Real Madrid vs Barca, FIFA vs Pro Evo. With a title to defend, EA has made big changes to its starting 11, including a brand new Player Impact Engine – a revamped, reactive and more realistic physics model, which means that collisions between midfield monsters and whippet-like wingers will have only one winner. But your Theo Walcotts will have a greater chance of skipping past their ungainly opponents, especially with new Precision Dribbling to keep the ball close. Defending has a new emphasis on timing and positioning, with errors leaving your goalkeeper exposed.
OCTOBER BATTLEFIELD 3 Call of Duty’s sworn enemy goes Oscar Mike with destructible buildings that fall apart under heavy fire as if they’re made out of soggy digestive biscuits.
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NOVEMBER NEED FOR SPEED: THE RUN Take a cross-country trip from California to NewYorkwith the mob on your tail. Makes a change from travel sweets and toilet breaks.
DECEMBER THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD A prequel to Ocarina of Time, Link’s return in Skyward Sword shows there’s still life in the old Wii yet. Wonder if Zelda gets kidnapped...
JANUARY UFC UNDISPUTED 3 Replace the silly outfits and storylines of WWEwrestling with actual face-breaking violence and you’ve got UFC. Sadly, tight pants are tight pants, broken faces or no.