E3 Update: Pro Evo Evolves its Artificial Intelligence

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

There’s more than one big time video game on the scene at E3. Konami is showing off what PES 2012 brings to the table.

By all accounts FIFA is stealing the show at E3 with the announcement of their “football club” mode and other general awesomeness. But not to be forgotten is Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.

New game modes and licenscing agreements are still yet to be released by Konami, but they did use the E3 expo as an opportunity to show off how realistic they made the AI in this year’s version of the game.

Active AI: PES 2012 strives to recreate the movement and team ethic of real football, and Active AI plays a vital role in this. Players will no longer flock to a ball, but will make intelligent runs to create space and draw markers, while others will make themselves available, instigate runs, and visibly call for the ball. In the box, support players will make diagonal decoy runs, full backs will overlap on the wings and midfielders will provide support from behind the ball. The new Active AI routines ensure the flow of a match is more natural, with specific routines for both attack and defence. Hold-up play implemented last year has been improved for easier control with more effectiveness. Defending as a unit plays a key role, and players now hold a tight line, check on the distance between each other, track back as a unit, and fill in for each other. As individuals they also make better decisions to close space, block and tackle.

So basically you’re going to be playing the most realistic soccer around besides the real deal. Teammates are going to break into space when you’re on the ball like real professional footballers are trained to do, making it easier to find the simple pass. On the other side of the ball, defenders will play as a tighter unit, individually picking up teammates who were burned down the wing or on a splitting through ball. Scoring will probably be tougher, but if you want realistic, that’s what football is all about.

More should be coming out from Konami in the coming months so keep an eye no the gamer battle between FIFA 12 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012. Looks to be one of the closest yet.

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