Pro Evolution Soccer 2013’s 2012 Demo #2

don't ask me to explain

When I was still capable of leaving the house without needing to have a nice sit down on the first bench I saw, I couldn’t make it to any sort of social gathering without bearing unwilling witness to some manner of tedious debate about how and why Pro Evolution Soccer was much better than FIFA. There were gesticulations, there were phrases like ‘ball control’ and there were near-orgasmic facial expressions. It was Quake III vs Unreal Tournament, but for bores. As far as I can tell – by which I mean by maintaining a safe distance from anyone who might ever mention it, but somehow wandering into stray comments nonetheless – FIFA now has the foot-to-ball fan’s favour once again, with Konami’s former king now on something of a back foot. I could well be wrong that, though. Listen, I’m just trying to fill space before inserting a link to the demo. Have I made it far enough yet?

There’s already been one demo, but with PES 2012 now on sale (it wound up in third place in the UK charts this week) a second one has cropped up. I’m not totally sure how it differes from the first one, but it includes these teams: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Scunthorpe United, Juventus,Santos, Corinthians, Boca Juniors and Chivas. There’s also some manner of training feature.

All yours for a single, crystalline gigabyte. That’s actually quite small for a demo these days, isn’t it?

You can download it direct from Konami here, or failing that Gamershell‘s servers tend to be stoutly reliable.



  1. Prime says:

    Dear god but that’s creepy. I avoid certain shop windows for the same reason, Alec!

  2. Stellar Duck says:

    I demand that you explain.

  3. Vorphalack says:


    ….is too much football.

  4. phenom_x8 says:

    Gonna wait for this, and for RPS, where is the WiT???

  5. pakoito says:

    Who’s that pretty guy in the picture there? ♪♫

    • BarneyL says:

      I don’t know but I bet he’d make an excellent role model for my future children.

  6. Persus-9 says:

    Pro Evolution Soccer always seemed an odd name to me. It makes me think the makers are taking a stand against creationism and intelligent design. My mind then runs with the concept to places like Pro Creation Rugby which just sounds like a euphemism for an orgy.

    • Prime says:

      Wayne Rooney’s face is an argument against Intelligent Design.

      ps: lol@pro creation rubgy, the game played by men with very odd shaped balls.

      • pakoito says:

        We have the technology, we have the money. It’s…the 20 million pounds chav!

    • orionstar says:

      I think it’s called Winning Eleven in Japan,,, is there a trademark on that name in Europe?

      Because I quite liked that name.

  7. GernauMorat says:

    That is absolutely terrifying

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  9. Ian says:

    Bring back Ian Football.

  10. Ergates_Antius says:

    Why is there a picture of Shrek in an article about football games? (and why has someone painted him pink?)

  11. Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

    “It was Quake III vs Unreal Tournament, but for bores.”

    I’m glad you said that Alec, because I’m forever having discussions about games I like but was wondering whether or not you (personally) would think they’d make me ‘boring’. Of the games I’ve compared in discussion recently, I can think of;

    FO:NV vs M&B:W
    netKar vs Live For Speed
    Oolite vs Evochron Mercenary
    FSX vs X-Plane

    If you could pass judgement on these and declare me a ‘bore’ or otherwise it’d be appreciated.

    Eagerly awaiting your reply,


  12. Stardog says:

    If the first touch wasn’t terrible this would be worth playing over FIFA 12/13 (yes, I know all the different first touch types, including super cancel knock ahead). Sometimes you should copy if it’s far better than what you’ve got. That’s how FIFA has overtaken PES.