Long-term fans of the series expect fast-paced, accessible arcade football that anyone can pick up and play, with underlying layers of complexity for top players to master. PES 2010 delivers all of this, while also representing a revamp in a series that is famed for minor tweaks as opposed to major overhauls.
The improved ball physics bring about many of the gameplay changes as spin and bounce play their part. Players' first touches are more lifelike as skilful footballers can deal with awkward passes more smoothly, while others are less composed under pressure. Similarly, technically gifted players are able to distribute the ball more consistently. They even take a moment to look up before attempting a long pass, ensuring you choose your passes wisely.
Alongside UEFA Champions League mode, PES stalwart the Master League returns for a deep simulation of the running of a football club, on and off the pitch. You'll have to work hard on team tactics, devise training regimes based on player development and rotate your squad to cope with injuries, dips in form and the fatigue that comes with a gruelling professional season.
Completing the roster of modes is Become a Legend, allowing you to take control of a single footballer throughout his career. You'll start at the bottom for an unknown team, but play well and pop up on the scoresheet, and you may attract the attention of bigger clubs and even your international manager.