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POSTED 14/11/14


PES 2015 - PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER

Konami



“Oh look! It’s sportsball!” is something we’ll never say.

We may be ignorant on occasion, but we don’t like wearing it on our sleeves – it doesn’t match our socks! But despite the fact that we’ve played soccer games for as long as we’ve played games – which is longer than we’d care to admit - we remain somewhat at arm’s (covered by those sleeves) length from really understanding socceristic proceedings. But we’ll always give it a bash and have fun, no matter how many times somebody enlists condiment containers to explain the offside rule to no avail.

So to this year’s PES model. The series may have started life as an arcade romp, but it’s gradually inveigled its way into the simulation camp. While we miss simple, pick up and play one or two button ball-booting, we understand the sim pull. People want real.

A big improvement on last year’s instalment, total control’s the aim, so there’s no need to sell your soul anymore... Shooting, passing and goalkeeping functionalities have been introduced which – once mastered - allow for much more of a feeling that you’re controlling what your little onscreen soccer blokes are doing. Plus, AI’s even more artificially intelligent.

It plays better. It just feels better.

Then there’s the ancillary stuff. From animations to player antics, team formations and the quantity of real players shrunken down to fit inside your console, it’s obvious that Konami have gone all-out to address fan concerns/demands from recent years. Meanwhile, online – from exhibition matches to ‘myClub’ career - finally works with little bother.

For soccer-confused us teams still seem a grab bag. We found Melbourne Victory, but not Melbourne City. Man U jumped out, while Liverpool are apparently playing hidey.

Sure we may not be experts, but we know how to have round ball fun. PES 2015’s aim at revisiting its roots shoots and scores.

take me back to the start...

 



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