THE LATEST INSTALMENT IS GREAT ON THE PITCH
It’s that time of the year again when EA and Konami battle it out to lure football fans. Pro Evolution Soccer aka PES is the latest instalment from Konami where we dribble, pass and score to see if the game holds the candle against EA’s FIFA 18.
PES has always been about the gameplay and it’s good to see PES 2018 stick to the franchise’s USP. Although it may seem like an evolutionary update over last year’s game, PES 2018 feels more natural. The gameplay quality has been fine tuned to make it more realistic. There’s strategic dribbling that gives players better control of the ball and improved ball physics with Real Touch+. Just like in real world, the ball in PES 2018 responds differently when it comes in contact with various parts of the body. There’s also player skills which comes into the picture. A player like Messi or Suarez will handle the ball proficiently compared to a player with lesser skill points. The game also takes advantage of live data that deals with real-world transfers and player form and sees an improvement on how goalkeepers behave in a particular situation with new motions and animations. Animations have got an upgrade with the new Real Capture system that gives highly detailed players with realistic movements, facial emotions and even body tattoos for players from Konami’s partner teams. Some stadiums like Camp Nou are very detailed with true-to-life lighting for day and night games along with surrounding areas and responsive crowd that reacts to the on-pitch action.
Presentation has been given a welcome facelift but the commentary still leaves a lot to be desired and feels repetitive. The menus are confusing as well.
The Achilles heel for the PES franchise has been the licensing of clubs and it holds true for PES 2018 as well. Although it’s all well if you support clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, FC Barcelona or Inter Milan (and few more), the game gives player names like Man Red, Man Blue, etc.
PES 2018 also offers different game modes like myClub, Become a Legend that acts like a career mode and Master League that allows to manage a football club. There’s also Random Selection Match and online or offline co-op to play with family and friends.
The thing that weighs PES 2018 down is the lack of licenses but the game shines when it comes to realistic physics and gameplay. The game is currently available on Gamestheshop.com.