PES continues to play a beautiful game of football. The sheer fluidity of play as you move the ball up the pitch with sleek passing moves is such a joy to watch – I’ve created more video highlight reels than anybody will ever care to watch.
PES excels in subtlety, those little moments that in the grand scheme of things don’t mean much, but they really help sell a sense of realism. The first time you see Paul Pogba jostling in the middle of the park as he sprints through two defenders, putting his arms out to create space, or watch Neymar effortlessly bring the ball down on his chest, sprint down the wing and cross with a rabona, you’ll feel all warm and tingly inside. There was a moment where, as Manchester United, I chipped the ball over the goalkeeper, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic began celebrating before the ball crossed the line. It’s these little moments which create an incredibly well-rounded feel to the matches. The sheer number of player animations is unrivalled, and makes matches beautiful to watch.
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This, however, can serve as a blessing and a curse, particularly this year. PES takes into account player stats, and you really feel who you’re controlling at any one time. Last year, players like Marouane Fellaini became legends thanks to their insurmountable strength, making them almost impossible to dispossess. This year, it’s the turn of the midfield maestros, the Luka Modric’s and Mesut Ozil’s of this world who can find a pass between two defenders to free your strikers. But the problem this creates is the huge disparity between the world class and the simply great, especially when it comes to through balls, with lobbed passes still feeling overpowered, especially when getting behind the defensive line.
Again as Manchester United, everything had to go through Paul Pogba. Every pass between midfield and the forward line had to be his, he’s simply that much better. But at times this feels unbalanced, where the likes of Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial are incapable of making a simple five-yard through ball. There were many times an attack would break down thanks to an under-hit simple pass, but one that felt like, in real football, this player could make in their sleep. It feels like there’s a need to tweak the balance between making stars shine but not to the detriment of other players.
The new physicality system can also be hit and miss. PES, unlike FIFA, has a very simple control scheme, that makes it a little too easy for the player to pull off something remarkable on the pitch. This has always been a good thing, that makes the game feel accessible, but the new jostling system makes me wish I had greater control at times.
- System：Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU：Intel Core i5-3450 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz
- Ram：8 GB RAM
- Graphics：GTX 650 or Radeon HD 7750 2GB
- Storage： 30 GB
- System：Windows 10 64-bit
- CPU：Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-4170 4.2 GHz
- Ram：8 GB RAM
- Graphics：GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
- Storage：需要 30 GB 可用空间