PES 2011 Guide Part 1 - Basics & Getting Started

PES 2011 Guide Part 1 - Basics & Getting Started
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PES 2011 Guide - The Basics

With the revamped PES 2011 soon sinking into Christmas stockings and providing around two months worth of soccer action for the release day purchasers, it seems natural to provide a PES 2011 guide series for newcomers and lethargic veterans alike. This article will begin the five part PES 2011 guide series, with particular attention given to the basics of the game, detailing how to get started in the wonderful world of Pro Evolution Soccer. Long-time fans may consider this obsolete, therefore it is suggested you move onto the second part of our PES 2011 guide, dealing with the redesigned tactics screen.

In keeping with last years effort, PES 2011 has the same modes that won it mild favour over long time competitor FIFA. Returning to the game, the Be A Legend, Master League, Exhibition, League, Cup & Online modes are featured, all being well-established for veterans. In addition to these modes is the return of the PES Shop - where players can purchase new stadium parts, classic teams and comical balls/hairstyles - as well as the new Master League online feature.

PES 2011 Guide - Additions & Remissions

Taking the depth and scope of something like the Master League, which most PES fans will tout as the key ingredient in its greatness, to the online domain is both mouth watering and near-terrifying. Fortunately, the mode works well, with players moving up the rankings gradually and using their accumulated wealth to purchase new players and compete in tournaments. The longevity of the mode is decent, but the offline feature is certainly still taking precedence over it, with player development, transfers, scouting, coach mode, youth teams and plenty more to boot.

It should be pointed out, to fans of previous Pro Evolution titles, that 2011 revamps the animation and gameplay mechanics. This makes the game feel completely different to its predecessors in a way many thought unimaginable this time two or three years ago during the darker days for the series. The key point to get across for any older fan is the passing system. Now, instead of simply pressing the button and hoping for the best, players have total control over their passes and subsequent placement. This is accomplished with the left stick, being used as pointer for the pass, with results varying on pass power as well as player posture during the animation.

PES 2011 - New Animations & New Features

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As with any new PES, 2011 sports a new physics engine, trying to replicate better the rigours of real life soccer. That may be a hard task, but developer Seabass serve up one of the best interpretations of ball physics seen in recent memory, with a realistic quality to the balls swerves and curl through the air. Furthermore, the new animation and collision system allows for a more fluid experience, becoming more about fidelity than mimicry.

We’re just kicking off this PES 2011 guide and this article is only the beginning of our coverage. With so many facets of the game, as listed above, it’s worth separating the different portions of the game into different PES 2011 guide articles. Next up, we take a look at the new tactics screen, which gets players more heavily involved with formations & AI algorithmic logic. Stay tuned for the second part of this PES 2011 guide.

This post is part of the series: PES 2011 Guides

A series of articles focusing on different elements of PES 2011. In this five part series, readers will find out about the venerable Master League, how to cope in multiplayer, how to tackle, jockey & cross effectively as well as honing their skills in the tactics screen.

  1. PES 2011 Guide Part 1 - Basics & Getting Started
  2. PES 2011 Guide Part 2 - Tactics
  3. PES 2011 Guide Part 3 - Attacking, Defending, Tackling & Crossing!
  4. PES 2011 Guide Part 4 - Master League Tips
  5. PES 2011 Guide Part 5 - Multiplayer Tips