Many people are looking forward to Konami’s upcoming offering to fans of sports games—Pro Evolution Soccer 2013.  We have just received word that the game will be available on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 for Rs. 2999. The demo for the game was released on Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA) and PlayStation Network (PSN) on July 25. Though there is no news about the price of the PC version of the game, the demo for the PC version is available on the official website for the game.

The demo allows gamers to check out new features first hand. The demo features eight licensed teams: Germany, England, Portugal and Italy in European football, and Santos FC, SC International, Fluminense and Flamengo are available in the Copa Libertadores mode.

The latest entry in the franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 marks a huge advance for the series. The new game offers PES FullControl, using which players are given total control over every pass, shot and even first touches to the ball. The Pro-Active AI ensures that players move as they should, both on and off the ball, creating the authentic big match experience. The Player ID system then enhances the game further by having the players look, move and play just like their real life counterparts.

The game in the PES series

The latest game in the PES series

The series, known as “World Soccer: Winning Eleven” in Japan, has always had difficulty getting licenses for football teams, at least partially due to EA Sports’ habit of buying the exclusive licenses from teams for its FIFA series of games. The series has sold more than 75 million copies all over the world, making it one of the best selling game franchises ever.

Currently, Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of the franchise, appearing on the front cover of every game being released in the series and in promotional campaigns and advertisements in the media. Cristiano Ronaldo replaced Lionel Messi as the face of the series in the previous version of the game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.

Every year, the game is released around late September or early October with two different titles – “World Soccer: Winning Eleven” in Japan and “Pro Evolution Soccer” in other countries. The Japanese version is a localised one that features local leagues. In 2007, the franchise began to use the name “Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer” for the American market, which was later changed to “Pro Evolution Soccer” in 2008, dropping the “Winning Eleven” moniker entirely for that region.

The Pro Evolution Soccer series traces its roots to the game Goal Storm released in 1996. Goal Storm was developed by Konami. The first game in the PES series proper was Pro Evolution Soccer, which was released in 2001 for both the PlayStation and PlayStation 2.

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