VGW: Comparing the football experiences between Fifa 12 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is like comparing Super Smash Bros. Brawl to Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. On one hand, you get all the familiar licenses you have loved throughout the years, and the other offers a little less familiarity, while providing pure football bliss. The beauty of PES 12 is that one doesn’t require an encyclopedic knowledge to pick-up-and-play, but the arsenal of technical maneuvers is a trademark of the series. It’s possible to play PES 12 with a simple four-button layout, but the true essence of the series exists in its immense control scheme. This is a game best played with the training wheels off, but it has enough options and a robust training mode to groom newcomers into the fold.