"The Pro Evo franchise needed a shake-up and PES 2011 is exactly that. As a long-term fan of the series, my initial thoughts are that it's a radical departure from what I'm used to. I had to re-learn how to play the game, because the most notable difference is that passing system has been completely overhauled. It's a lot less automated than before and rather than tapping pass to ping the ball between players you'll need to manually control the direction and power for even the simplest pass.
While it takes a little getting used to, the result is much more versatile and logical step forward and enables you to be much more creative with the way you play. In previous PES games through-balls have been hit and miss, but that's all changed; now, threading through-balls between defenders is much more rewarding because if you control the angle and power of the shot correctly – something which takes only a little practice – you're able to play incisive passes that go exactly where you want them to. It's now possible to play a pass down the outside to wrong-foot a defender, whereas before it pretty much always forced you to go inside."