PES 2015 - PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER
look! It’s sportsball!” is something we’ll never say.
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
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
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.
may not be experts, but we know how to have round ball fun. PES
2015’s aim at revisiting its roots shoots and scores.