Cristiano Ronaldo appeared on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, but Lionel Messi took back his position as the face of KONAMI’s PES series in the following years.
Barcelona’s Messi remained on top of the franchise until earlier in 2011, when it was revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo would appear on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.
For video gamers who enjoyed seeing Messi on their screens while enjoying PES, this announcement might have turned out to be a bad news at first.
But KONAMI did not drop Lionel Messi from their brand empty-handed. It did not take too long for EA Sports to elect Messi as the main ambassador of their football department.
Messi is now set to make his debut through the promising FIFA Street 4 video game (also known as FIFA Street 2012), which is expected to be released in March 2012 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
But back to Cristiano Ronaldo… Can he turn KONAMI’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 into the primary authority in the world of football video games?
Many gamers rate FIFA’s releases as the best simulation of real-life matches for numerous reasons – among which one can point out the designs and controls.
How correct is this? Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo openly opposed himself to that idea a few months ago, as he praised KONAMI’s efforts in Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.
“Football is all about teams working together and making assists and runs that create attacking opportunities,” Ronaldo said.
“KONAMI has recreated this perfectly, and PES 2012 is a brilliant simulation of a real match.”
PES 2012 was released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on 14 October 2011 in Europe and on 6 October in Japan.
Ronaldo was surely happy to receive his copy, as he has long been a PES fan.
“I have long admired the PES series, but what KONAMI has achieved this year is remarkable,” inside World Soccer quoted him saying.
Although his shocking transfer to KONAMI can seem incomprehensible, it is probably explicable.
Mentioning Cristiano Ronaldo’s speed, skills, reflex and aggression, European PES Team Leader Jon Murphy confirmed:
“Cristiano Ronaldo embodies everything we are trying to achieve with PES 2012.”
Indeed, Ronaldo himself further affirmed his point, stating that the majority of football fans would generally “want to spend some time with this amazing game.”
Is Cristiano Ronaldo’s face good enough for the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012? Did you prefer him with EA Sports’ FIFA franchise?
Let us know your views; but in the meantime, we leave you with a video of PES 2012’s gameplay trailer straight from the official YouTube account of VE3TRO (Ve3troGamesMedia).