Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
The pitch is still theirs
Prices vary; PC, PS4, Xbox One
If there are any sports game that vies for attention from fans, its gotta be football. Every year EA and Konami duke it out with their FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise, respectively. This month we dribble and shoot a few to see if Konami’s PES still got to take on EA’s behemoth.
Over the years, PES has relied on the gameplay and this year is no different. The game has been improvised with a lot of new features to make it more realistic. Ball physics are top-notch that respond to in a more natural fashion. The trajectory of the ball now depends on the player posture, how the ball was kicked, where it landed, and so on. The animations have also got an upgrade with PES adding more passing, dribbling and shooting animations, adding to the game‘s realism. PES also features snow weather effect that can now fall during the match and affect the gameplay.
This year, PES has added new animations 11 new skill traits that improve player’s uniqueness like edge turn, no look pass, etc. and are more prominent for a reputed player like Messi, Coutinho or Ronaldo.
Visually, PES 2019 looks fantastic. Konami has reworked on the lighting that mimics real lighting and features stunningly designed stadiums, at least the licensed ones. The crowd animation has also got a bump.
That said, audio leaves a lot to be desired. The crowd sounds are very well captured, but the commentary is uninteresting and repetitive.
Another disappointment that, in fact, has been for many years now, is the lack of club and league licenses. While PES 2019 comes with 19 official clubs and 20 leagues, the number dwarfs in comparison with EA’s FIFA. As of this year, PES 2019 will not come with UEFA Champions League. Sure, there is still a way to update the names and kits on PS4 and PC, Xbox users are out of luck unless it‘s edited manually.
The game menu is a welcome change that gives access to various PES 2019 game modes like myClub, Master League to manage a football club and the regular online or offline co-op matches with friends.
PES famously uses “the pitch is ours” as their tagline and it certainly holds true. PES 2019 brings the best virtual football experience, but it lacks the presentation, style and licensed leagues that its counterpart offers.