PES 2016 - PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER
all about the feels...
We may never be experts on soccer – or
soccer games - but substance over style is something that we reckon
is vitally important. Of course if you can add bulk style too then
you’re going to be on a winner, right?
As Konami celebrates
the 20th anniversary of Pro Evolution Soccer, they can be
content in knowing that they’re onto a definite winner. Let’s face
it, if we can pick it up, spend 10 minutes on tutorials then let
loose in an actual game and not feel entirely overwhelmed, then
they’re doing a lot right.
We won’t mention getting destroyed
online. Except that we just did, which – any way that you look at it
- makes us liars. Regardless, please believe us, PES 2016
gives brilliant soccer!
It really is about the feel (singular
this time). PES 2015 was a
distinct evolution of a format which had become clunky, stale and
pretty much anachronistic. PES 2016 appropriately grabs
that ball of improvement and runs with it – with clever deviations,
feigns and passes, of course.
PES is now at its most
realistic, with more variables flying around than at a
mathematician’s picnic creating all manner of varying (duh, we
guess) experiences depending on the physics and other attributes of
players. There’s personality – it doesn’t feel like you’re playing a
typical game where it’s ‘x does this then y does that’ with no
correspondence entered into. Then there’s the minute detail with
which you can program your team’s style of play.
the pitch, managementational stuff ‘Master League’ and ‘MyClub’ have
seen impressive useability improvements. The league/player licensing
is still haphazard, but workarounds exist if given a little time and
TLC – or finding somebody else’s hard work and downloading it.
At the risk of making Sony’s lawyers foam at the mouth, this is
for the players. It really is.