PES 2018

PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Kon­ami; cert: 3

The Observer - The New Review - - RELEASES - Felix Atkin

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.

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