PES 2018

THE LAT­EST IN­STAL­MENT IS GREAT ON THE PITCH

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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.

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