But moving away from the gravy and getting our teeth into the meat of PES 2010, probably its most important addition this year is the tactics system. The team feature now allows you to refine the defensive and offensive behaviours via a simple and surprisingly easy to understand set of sliding bars.
And they work, too. Having your players in place – being the place where you'd be, if you were out there on the field, that is – is the silent intelligence that puts you in control of a whole team, rather than a single player. Relying on either an over-intelligent hoax or a dim-witted AI spoils that illusion, so at least in PES 2010, if no one's in place to receive the ball, it's probably your fault.