It doesn't mean the developers of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 are lazy. Quite the contrary. It just takes a little longer now before we're aware of their work.
The cynical would say that compared to its predecessor, nothing's been tinkered with this time. And indeed, the differences are so minimal that at first it's hard to notice that this is a new game.
Even more than last year, we concentrate on the control details. This is a much more fluid game - eventhough it always offered pretty fast gameplay. But due to the new button layout it's almost impossible to control the manually selected player. A shoulder button tap allows us to adjust our speed manually, regaining maximum control over the ball. But the counterbalance is it slows the game, and passes must be charged much longer. That arrows appear by players who've already been taken care of adds to the confusion.
The referee seems much less fussy than in previous games, thus keeping the number of interruptions of the game in check. However, there's many situations were he's far too generous. Stretched legs into the upper body, brutal slide tackles from behind and many other harsh infringements go unpunished.
In return, he shows yellow cards for very unspectacular fouls. It'll drive you mad - TVs and furnishings will be in danger of low-flying controllers propelled across the room. Although this flaw was apparent in earlier previews, it'll likely not be the case for the final game, if the disappearance of similar issues come the release of the franchise's past titles are any indiction.
The extremely rigid facial expressions are irritating, as it's an area you'd have expected to be updated by now, and hopefully it's another issue to be fixed come final release. Realistic faces are a big plus for authenticity and these don't hold up in comparison to the competition from EA. The improved animations are easy to recognize, however, especially in duels or in the adoption of very high balls. It's looking good.