Pro Evolution Soccer

2001 Konami in-depth football game, releases annually with updates

7.2

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  • Category Sport
  • Program license Trial version
  • Version (PES) 2009
  • Size 1.14 GB
  • Works under: Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Konami

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (PES 2015) is PES Productions latest offering to football-crazy gamers. Published by Konami, the game features a sound-track of popular songs from the year's top twenty music charts. Essentially, the player joins his favourite team and works to defeat their opponents, using all the controls to score, block attempted goals by the other side, dribble, head and kick the ball.

The game comes with a pre-set number of teams and stadia as standard, and there are many downloadable extras that unpack new teams and different stadia. The game is licenced for major international competitions like the Champions League, the European Super Cut and the Europa League. National contests are included in the game, but are not licenced. The teams are accurately rendered and characters are instantly recognisable as the football stars upon which they are based.

There are multiple ways to play: international matches, friendly competitions, online multiplayer games as well as Become a Legend, Master League and, PES' answer to FIFA's Ultimate Team, a new concept called 'My Team'.

The game boasted excellent fluid gameplay, realistic movements and truly exceptional AI (Artificial Intelligence). The AI is programmed to learn and adapt to the way the player thinks, ensuring that gameplay remains challenging and exciting. The game has been programmed to mimic each major team's traits and characteristics, for example, Bayern is strong and unpredictable in real life, while Real Madrid is speedy and FC Barcelona is all about possession in real life. The characteristics have been captured in the game, so that playing matches feels almost as realistic as playing for the team in real life might be. There are still occasional issues with player animation looking a little bit odd, but overall there is an immense improvement in the way the game looks as it is played. Perhaps the best improvement on previous PES versions is the tweaking of the physic engine to make the ball lightweight and responsive, unlike the rather leaden, heavy reactions that was a staple of older games.

Players can manage their teams as well as play with them, choosing the best players and thinking tactically about their opponents. The graphics are impressive and, capturing the surroundings and the crowd in sometimes quite minute detail. The crowd noise sounds genuine and is responsive to the state of play, rising and falling with the action of the game.

Pros

  • Vastly improved ball physics
  • Good range of teams and venues
  • Excellent graphics, soundtrack, audio and gameplay
  • Astoundingly good AI that learns as the player plays

Cons

  • Some minor animation issues on occasion
  • Not many licences
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