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POSTED 30/9/15


PES 2016 - PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER

Konami



It’s 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.

Away from 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.

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