Put yourself on the grand stage of the most popular sport on Earth with PES 13 on PlayStation 3. Konami's superstar introduces you to the wonders of world football with a variety of modes. Want a quick kick about? Then the customisable Exhibition mode is for you.
If you're after something a little larger, then create your own leagues and cups, or enter the prestigious UEFA Champions League and Copa Santander Libertadores tournaments and try for silverware. You also have the option to manage a team or take to the pitch as a single player in the Football Life mode.
Whatever you choose, PES 13 delivers convincing and authentic looking football. Players express varying levels of delight and disappointment as they sprint, slide and shoot their way through matches. The fantastic level of detail doesn't stop at the players, either. Referees jot down notes in their books, cameramen closely follow the action and managers lurk on the sidelines.
It's all brought together with glossy TV style presentation, complete with short clips of real-life footage and the iconic UEFA Champions League anthem to get you in the mood. Don't forget that you can save your best moments as replays and bask in the glory of your footballing genius whenever you want.
Go for goal
If you've ever wanted to dazzle Cristiano Ronaldo with your skills or tackle the likes of Carles Puyol in front of an adoring crowd, then PES 13 on PlayStation 3 is the perfect place to play out your football fantasies. The game's intro shows you the sort of skills that you can perform with a little practice - and you're immediately given the chance to learn them. Impressive ball trapping techniques, skilful dribbling, hold-up play and defence-beating tricks are all yours to discover.
There is a lot of depth to PES 13 so it pays to put in the training as the more you play, the more you'll unearth. Can't get past a tight marker? Why not try passing the ball through his legs with a nutmeg? Struggling to find space around the box when you receive the ball? Then maybe sombrero flicking it over your opponent will get you results. And if you're defending, be sure to time your tackle precisely - if you feel you can't make that judgement, use the pressure button to push your opponent onto his weaker foot and force a mistake.
In PES 13, all of these moves can mean the difference between a hard fought win and a heavy defeat. Patience and a keen eye for openings are the key elements to breaking down any stubborn defence, and the game gives you plenty of tools to make that happen under your control.
If you fancy a bigger challenge, try Football Life, which gives you the chance to build a career as a single player or the manager of your favourite team. Customise your avatar's appearance and skills and push for the top spot. Whether you're a fledgling football star or an aspiring coach, few things are as satisfying as scoring your first goal or discovering a promising new superstar from your youth squad. Take your shot and give it your all.
Enter the world league
No football game is complete without friends, so PES 13 gives you the chance to enjoy the beautiful game with mates, whether they're in the same room or across the globe.
If you want to get started with some local footie, then you can create a friendly one-off match or tournament with up to six other players. You can mix things up by putting a particular number of people on two sides or control a team each and compete in a larger competition. Tailor your favourite squads to how you like them using the Edit option, set up your best formation and tactics, and get on the pitch.
When you're ready to take on the world, go online with PES 13 via PlayStation Network and tackle some of the best players in video game football. Choose to enter a variety of personalised tournaments and take part in thrilling one-off games just for fun or to increase your global rank. Up to three friends can join you if you want to go out there as a team.
Up the stakes by entering the Master League Online mode, where you delve into an in-game online transfer market and create your own squad. Prepare for some wheeling and dealing as you uncover hidden talents, take part in matches and climb up the ranking tables. Whether you choose to play in matches yourself or just manage the team from the sidelines, this is where you'll experience all the highs and lows of PES 13 online. It's an unbeatable feeling to see your team become the best - so get out there and show the world how good you really are.