Pro Evo­lu­tion Soc­cer 2019

The pitch is still theirs

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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.

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