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PES 2013 Wii review

Second verse, same as the first, but a little bit cheaper and a little bit worse

A couple of issues ago we pilloried EA for basically re-releasing FIFA 12 as FIFA 13 with nothing but a squad update. No new modes, no gameplay or graphics tweaks, not even a new menu. Sadly, Konami has also chosen to take this route with the latest Wii game in its Pro Evolution Soccer series, as PES 2013 is more or less identical to last year's incarnation, again with the exception of updated kits and rosters.

A couple of saving graces keep PES 2013 from the dreaded 30% zone, however. The first is that, crucially, PES is still fun to play. Using an engine similar to the PlayStation 2 PES games - long considered the glory days by most fans of the series - it plays a much smoother, more fluid game of football than the Wii version of FIFA.

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The other slight nod we can give in PES 2013's favour is that Konami has at least acknowledged that this isn't much of a revolution by releasing the game at £14.99, instead of the full £29.99 EA charges for its allegedly new FIFA offering.

It's still too expensive for what's essentially just a roster update, but at least those who love PES 2012 on Wii and want it brought up to date have a slightly more reasonable decision to make. Ultimately, it's another disappointing swan song for another great Wii series.

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