PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Konami; cert: 3
Luis Suárez’s unlikely PR revival is seemingly complete, as he fronts Konami’s new partnership with FC Barcelona in the latest iteration of Pro Evolution Soccer. He has chosen a good platform, as PES 2018’ s player likenesses and crowd animations look sublime.
While official licences remain to Fifa ’s advantage, PES has been focusing on gameplay. Close control makes another step forward with a silky first touch, attack-minded dribbling and off-the-ball movement. Another welcome change is the slower and more natural pace of play, while player attributes also feel accurate, including the oddly fun addition of a playable Usain Bolt character.
Konami has reintroduced popular features such as random selection match, auto-filling a team with players to trade with an opponent. Solid updates, then – certainly enough to give Fifa diehards pause for thought.