Football - or soccer - fans all got their hands on the Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 demo yesterday and though we're a bit late - as we were at the games show in Paris yesterday - here are two videos of the 360 version. We'll start with a match opposing France to Italy but I'll add a video of a match between Barcelona and Liverpool as soon as possible. I captured these two videos in the hardest difficulty setting. Update: The DE2 server should be working now.
First of all, it is worth mentioning that the demo seems to be the exact same one we saw in Cologne. The animations are still stiff and robotic and the controls are a bit awkward, as if the players were army tanks instead of human beings. I also found the collisions between the players to be very odd at times, same with the way the ball reacts when it gets stuck between two players. The goal keeper also has a surprising lack of efficiency and you will find yourself yelling at him more than once because he either dropped the ball or simply missed it.
Hopefully, when it comes to the visuals, the game really shines. It almost comes as a surprise to see that, not only has Konami managed to level up to EA's standards but they have even done a better job in some areas. The faces look stunning, the stadiums and pitch look good and even the crowd is not bad at all, considering you don't get to see it that much. What's more, the replays are also way better than in Fifa 10: they have good camera angles, they are varied - and many - at the end of a match while in Fifa, you more than often get to see very little of the highlights of the match. Eventually, the blur effects also feel more natural in the different cutscenes or replays than in Fifa 10.
So, what to think of this demo in the end? After playing it quite a bit, I have to say I am not convinced yet because the game still suffers from too many flaws. Now, word on the web is that the demo is actually from an old build and that the final version will be much, much better - with, for example, some new motion captured animations. Why then give players a reason to doubt the quality of the game by releasing such a demo? I don't know, but I still had fun playing it so I'm guessing PES fans will be content with this first try. Anyway, we'll find out soon enough as I plan on capturing some videos of the retail version as soon as the game is released. And there will be no more excuses then.