Playing in the big leagues now
Are you ready for football superstardom? Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 on PlayStation 3 puts you in the boots of your favourite team and lets you take a shot at glory. Choose from over 200 teams with a mixture of club and national squads, and play them in prestigious competitions such as the UEFA Champions League and the Copa Santander Libertadores.
Success doesn't come without practice, so it pays to play through the extensive Training Challenge mode to familiarise yourself with the controls before the big kick-off. Put yourself through the paces by sharpening your dead-ball skills, as well as attacking and defensive techniques.
Once you're ready, lace up your boots and dive into the big match. Whether it's a kick around in the major tournaments, creating your own leagues and cups or just a quick game, you can enjoy fun and fluid gameplay. Football in PES 2012 is a fast and physical game, where smooth passing and smart tactics earn you the supreme satisfaction of splitting your opponent's defence and smashing the ball into the back of the net.
PES 2012 is all about realism without sacrificing the magic of spontaneity that makes the beautiful game so great. Goals come from lucky shots just as they can from outstanding build-up play. Each match is a thrilling clash of tactics and reactions, and you can choose how much computer-controlled assistance you want over your team.
If you fancy a different challenge, there's also the chance to tackle PES 2012 from two refreshingly different angles - as a manager or as a single on-pitch player. By taking up the job of club manager in the Master League you can enjoy the intensity that comes with tactical decision making, squad selection, transfers and making sure your results please the board as well as the fans.
You can also unlock Club Boss mode, which puts you in the chairman's seat with the aim of making as much money with your chosen team as possible. Ever wanted to be the person hiring and firing managers? Here's your chance.
If you prefer being on the pitch, then you can Become a Legend, where you're tasked to create a player and guide him from professional debut to retirement. It's up to you to perform and prove yourself - otherwise you may be relegated to the bench and watch your career chances disappear within a mere 90 minutes.
Both modes are wonderfully rewarding, whether you're dragging your bunch of no-hopers into the limelight of success or training to become the next Lionel Messi on the field. It's in your hands - and feet - so make every kick count.