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Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 review

There are a couple of really outstanding football titles. By football, I mean ‘soccer’, of course. The general consensus is that EA Sports’ footballing game is the market leader with Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series coming in with more close-but-no-cigars than Arsenal in the last few years. The latest release of the affectionately shortened PES has been busy in the transfer market since it’s last release and with it also celebrating its 20th year, Konami have pulled out all the stops to try to make ground on its main rival.

It’s been a couple of years since I played a PES title. It was on the 360 and while it wasn’t nearly as good as the FIFA title at the time, it gave as good a game of football as you’d find elsewhere. This would be the first time I’d have seen PES on the Xbox One, so, it was with trepidation that I fired PES 2016 up and awaited the roar of the crowd.


The menu system that Konami have now adopted, while not nearly as Sky Sports polished as its rival, functions well as the ticket office to what is actually a very good game. The menus are a little cumbersome, but you’re not really here for the turnstiles and security-checks of the lobby system or game mode selection, you’re here for the 90+ minutes of sweat, power, skill and the endless, endless joy of the goals.

There are an almost bewildering number of options to set you off on your path to footballing glory. The addition of the officially licensed European competitions, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, add that edge of authenticity that previous versions I’ve played have lacked. It’s great to see some licensed teams included as options, UEFA qualified teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all feature, although the secondary leagues are unlicensed, as are the rest of the Premier League and the Italian Serie A. This, in truth isn’t as disappointing as you might think, although it was amusing to see how my home town club was named in the game.

This matters little in the grand scheme of things if I’m honest. The players involved in the match are true squad members of whatever team you’ve chosen to play as, with all of their genius or failures on the pitch. Konami have even taken the time to detail the more famous players’ faces. You’ll instantly recognise the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. While the lesser known players may have suffered a little as a result, this doesn’t really detract from the gameplay itself as a whole.


The gameplay then, will blow you away and frustrate you all at the same time. Konami have tweaked the control system with the main change you’ll notice being the upgraded feint system. This allows you to fool defenders into a fatal slip, but it’s not the only the change that Konami have made. Perfect Defence allows those cloggers that can time a tackle perfectly all the time, the ability to shove opponents off the ball, a boon when you’re facing a particularly tricky set of forward players. The player animations have been tweaked and look and feel a lot smoother than I’ve previously encountered in this series, but overall the controls are quirky and over-sensitive when it comes to setting the power meters. The inclusion of eleven accurate, official stadiums adds to the overall sense of an authentic experience during the game, although the crowd interaction remains a tad on the static side and are a little copy and paste graphically for my liking.

The weather effects for the game can be set and left as a permanent weather pattern, or they can be made to be changeable, as they would be in a real game. Start off in blazing sunshine and finish in a storm, with all of the in-game physics that would come with a slick pitch. There are the usual array of tackle options, including the Sunday League favourite, the sliding tackle. The addition of the weather system makes those even more critical to time. You’ll be walking a disciplinary tightrope if you mistime them, although in truth, the referee more often than not has the iron will of a quivering field-mouse at harvest-time.

The game’s graphics are good, if a little wooden, but there was one thing that definitely wasn’t right in my mind and it took me a while to figure out what it was. To me, the perspective as you played over the far side of the pitch seemed to be off. Either the pitch was twice as wide as it was long, or the players shrink as they move towards the far touchline. This aside, the player AI is roughly the same as you’d expect from the average footballer. The tackles come in but you can use your feint and dash skills to evade and escape, but inevitably you’re either tackled successfully or you’ve offloaded with a pass so random you’ll dislocate your shoulder trying to pat yourself on the back for it. If you’re lucky enough to score then you’re treated to an editable, saveable replay of your world-beating effort.


The in-game commentary has had a refresh, with the introduction of Peter Drury, but as with previous versions, the post-match summary doesn’t tend to reflect the on-pitch action. Other than this, the audio is a mix of grunts, feet striking balls, the inevitable oohs and aahs from the crowd and a suitably trendy popular music soundtrack to fill in the menu-hopping.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is a very good football sim. The player AI is intelligent enough to be challenging but also fallible enough to make mistakes just as in the real game. The goal keeping is one of polar opposites. The opposition keeper either has a storming game or is unable to hold even a conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness. The graphics are well animated and although the kits for the lower league teams are not in the slightest bit accurate, you’ll have a giggle at the names these teams have had to be given through lack of licensing then forget it altogether once your favourite player’s name is up in lights after a particularly thunderous goal. While the title does suffer from a few flaws, such as the power bar being far too small and sensitive, there’s still the core of a rival to the crown that EA have been hogging for the last few years at least. Konami have built upon the successes of last year’s effort and with the possible addition of the Euro 2016 Championships coming to the game, you won’t go wrong in at least seeing what the competition has to offer, even if the title race looks to be slipping away from Konami again.

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PES 2016 announced

imageKonami have revealed the PES 2016 will release a full week before FIFA 16, on 18 September.

There is a huge amount of new features that are listed below, in fact, you might want to get some snacks:

Advanced Collision System
– The physicality of the modern game has been realised in PES 2016 with a significantly improved collision system, calculating how players interact and creating a unique outcome depending on the type of impact.

Aerial Strength – With the new physicality system, aerial battles are a completely unique experience this year. Use the left stick to battle the opposition or disrupt a larger, more powerful, player; or find the best position to make the header/volley.

1v1 Control – In PES 2016 the 1v1 player control have been enhanced, offering a wide range of movements within the existing control structure. Response times have been improved, allowing players to manoeuvre in tight situations. This also benefits the upgraded feint moves that allow sudden directional change that can cause defenders to lose their balance. The 1on1 situations now offer a great leap in exciting table-turning outcomes. Just as the real pitch offers opportunities for those brave enough to perform, in PES 2016 players can pull off precise action, manoeuvre flexibly and pull away from the defender. Technique and timing can see a defender lose his balance, and creates great chances just as you pictured.

Perfect Defense – Performing a tackle at the perfect time will powerfully shove the player out of the way to secure the ball. The ball will immediately be yours, creating direct turnarounds and counter opportunities.

Intelligent Player AI – 2-3 player combination play will be available via the improved concept of team strategy, which depends on the type of tactic you set for your team. Players are no longer reliant on manually triggering a one-two, with teammates intelligently running off passes into space.

Goal Keeper ID – In a bid to improve quality and add unique individuality in performance, new goal keeper parameters have been added that vary in Catching, Clearance, Collapsing and Deflecting. This adds character to the players, who you can count on catching the ball rather than punching, or are better at stopping close range shots.

Celebration Control – New for the series, players have full control over goal celebrations to maximize their excitement when scoring! Prompts appear after a goal to trigger a trademark celebration, or unique actions at the press of a button.

New significant improvements across key modes and features:

New Master League
– The famous and hugely popular Master League enjoys a total revamp, allowing users to immerse themselves in the managerial world of soccer. Every element has been redesigned or reworked, from the vibrant and involving menus to the new and exciting player transfer system, PES 2016 see one of the series most integral modes redefine the single-player experience.

New Visuals – Incorporating the many advancements of the Fox Engine, the visuals have seen a huge upgrade. See the rain splash as players slide in to win possession, or the turf kick up as you strike the ball into the top corner. New night-time lighting and real turf textures are among some of the many improvements.

Dynamic Weather – For the first time in the PES series, dynamic weather has been introduced, with the chance of rain starting during the game. Combined with the ever more realistic ball physics, the rain changes how the game can be played with passes speeding up, and less skilled players likely to struggle with trapping. The defender taken by the 1-on-1 will also be more likely to slip and fall due to incorrect studs or blades. This feature is applied to all offline modes including the Master League, and is an important element to decide the outcome of the match.

Human Motion – Seeking to humanize player movement, 3x new animations have been added to bring the in-game superstars to life. Goalkeepers have seen an abundance of save animations added, while outfield players shoot, pass, dribble and tackle with incredible variety depending on the situation. Players complain when a foul isn’t given, or lament a teammate when a pass isn’t made when in open space. The new 1v1 control also benefits from this, with players being able to fool their opponents with shimmies and feints that can result in causing the opposing player to lose his balance and fall in the wrong direction.

New Ball Physics – The past few years has seen the series make huge advancements in ball physics, and for PES 2016 new levels of realism have been reached. Each spin, bobble and ricochet has been calculated using real ball physic data, helping keep every moment in every game unique and unpredictable.

Upgrades per fan feedback:
– Since the launch of the mode in PES 2015, myClub has been updated on a weekly basis, and has been further improved based on user feedback for PES 2016. The enhancement will introduce player level systems, and players exclusive to the mode. Use GP acquired through matches or myClub coins to experience realistic club management combined with players to strive to be stronger in your squad. Choose the manager, consider coaches, and build the strategy based on what you aim with your team.

Dynamic Wide Camera Angle – The new angle gives you a larger field of vision, allowing you to better plan and adjust your players to compete in aerial battles, or see the intelligent runs being made thanks to Intelligent Player AI. Depending on where the ball is on the pitch, the camera will tilt and pan accordingly to make sure the user has the best view possible during the match.

Commentary – New commentators have been introduced for both UK and Germany, with Peter Drury and Marco Hagemann joining the PES team. A wealth of new lines and specific stories have been recorded dedicated for Master League, responding to player transfers, player growth and team performance.

Pre-Order Content will help you get ahead in myClub

Day One Edition (All formats )

1x Player Loan – Neymar Jr. 1x Player – Neymar Jr. 1x Player – Neymar Jr.

1x Player UEFA.com TOTY 2014 1x Player UEFA.com TOTY 2014 1x Player UEFA.com TOTY 2014

10,000 GP x 10 weeks 10,000 GP x 20 weeks 10,000 GP x 15 weeks

10 Recovery Items 20 Recovery Items 20 Recovery Items

3x Player Contracts 5x Player Contracts 5x Player Contracts

1000 myClub coins


More details will be announced during E3 next week. Check out the first full trailer below as well as the Xbox One box art.


Neymar confirmed as PES 2016 cover star

Ahead of tomorrow’s full reveal, it’s been confirmed that Barcelona star Neymar will be this years cover star.

PES fans who pre-order this year’s game will also receive Neymar as an reward for use in PES 2016’s team building mode myClub.

Erik Bladinieres, Konami’s European Brand Director of Football said

Neymar Jr. is a player that perfectly fits the PES brand, and what we want to achieve. His unique qualities and the ability to surprise goes hand in hand with the gameplay experience in PES 2016. In our anniversary year we want to celebrate the past, while look forward to the exciting future of the brand. We’ll do this with Neymar Jr. leading our campaign.

Neymar himself seems quite excited by the prospect too:

This is a real honour for me to be cover star for PES 2016. The series has long been praised for its sheer level of control and utter realism and I am delighted to be working with such a talented team as Konami. I am fascinated by the huge amount of work involved in putting together the game and ensuring the world’s top players look and play just like the real things, and cannot wait to see myself in action as soon as possible.

We’ve posted a teaser trailer below, hopefully tomorrow will give us a release date as well an insight to this years new features.