PES 2014 - PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER
PS3 (also on Xbox
360, PC, 3DS)
youíre not that into it, you could be forgiven for thinking that
thereís a soccer born every minute...
Yes, as a matter of
fact, we do recommend the veal!
But seriously folks, itís an
annual ritual tackling (carefully, so as to avoid red cards if you
like, ooh, touch another player) a new PES game and a new
(shhh!) FIFA one. Anybody else even attempting to enter the
fray has quite clearly headed too many balls, as itís essentially a
monopoly now. Except there are two. Umm, so thatíd be a duopoly
With Konamiís incredible coin-op history, PES
originated as quite an arcade-biased experience. Over the years,
however, itís adopted more of a Ďthis is serious mumí approach to
compete with that which must not be named. Except that we did in the
last paragraph. Oops.
Annual improvements are, naturally,
incremental, although thereís a biggie here with a shiny new engine
(borrowed from Snakeís forthcoming new outing). It does sputter
worryingly occasionally, but generally delivers improvement in
gameplay flowiness thanks to being more down with physics. We
suppose, weíre not Isaac bloody Newton. We do know that itís more
engrossing to play though.
Those who need every player from
every league will be miffed, as itís more of a random greatest hits.
Those pros present possess passable portrayals, and if youíre
desperate to play your fave you can always go Doc Frankenstein with
the cavernous character creator.
Most tweaks are good, but
there are niggles. Menus can confuddle Ė or at least frustrate -
commentary often grates and the soundtrack couldnít be more random
if you chucked a record shop at a wall then grabbed the first discs
you tripped over.
Still, firing up to big bad Luciano is
cool Ė and apt, as when it comes to rabid PES fans, nessun
dorma now this is out...