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Works under:

Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7

Program license

Full Version

Program available in

In English

Category

Soccer

Rating

3.8 (114)

Gamers that love soccer sims tend to fall into two camps; those that like Pro Evolution Soccer and those who favour EA's FIFA offering. PES was once the choice of serious gamers, while FIFA lagged behind, but in recent years the tide turned and Konami (PES's creators) has been doing all it can to win back its former fans.

Will this be the year that PES regains its place in the heart of footy fans? Well, things are certainly looking up with PES 2016. Due to be launched on PC on September 17th, the game has an array of new features that make things as realistic and as enjoyable as ever.

What's new?

Fluid player movement is the big addition this year. Past versions of PES had seen players acting a little robotically, but the 2016 edition gives them much greater fluidity. Chasing down attackers and putting together complex passing techniques is much better, while strikers are able to finish with a single touch of a button.

Adam Bhatti, PES European Brand Manager, has stated that Konami wanted to make this year's game have a fast and responsive feel similar to versions it produced for the Playstation 2 in the mid to late 2000s.

Animations have also been boosted to make things feel more real. Now each player has their own expressions, allowing them to sulk if the game is not going their way or perk up when your team is ahead.

The game uses a Fox Engine to produce graphics that really stand out, giving a clear view of everything from blades from grass to supporters' faces and beads of sweat on your players' foreheads.

The new collision engine is also great as it gives players greater ability to push and shove the opposition rather than relying solely on traditional tackling methods. FIFA has had a similar impact engine for the past couple of years, but for PES this is a new addition.

Another introduction is the dynamic weather system. This allows the weather conditions to alter during a match, meaning players may have to adapt their style of play to suit.

A downside for PC users

One real annoyance with PES 2016 is that Konami has made no secret of the fact that it is valuing Playstation 4 and Xbox One users over PC owners this year.

Images will still look great, and will exceed those available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, but will not be as sharp as those available on the world's two main consoles. This is something that Konami have blamed on resources and promised to rectify in the future.

Licensing

Konami has scored a major coup this year by obtaining the official licensing rights for the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. However, it still lags behind FIFA when it comes to having licenses for domestic leagues.

PES boasts real-life kits, sponsors and player names for Italy's Serie A, but only four German teams are correct (Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, and Wolfsburg), and Manchester United is the only licensed English Premier League team.

French, Spanish and Portuguese teams are correct and 18 Brazilian sides have been added this year, while there is talk that Konami will offer fully licensed national teams as a download ahead of the 2016 European Championships.

There is also an edit mode that allows players to make their own custom teams or indeed, add the names of real life footballers if they wish.

Pros

  • Fluid player motion
  • Fox Engine
  • Dynamic weather system

Cons

  • PC version not the same as Xbox One and Playstation 4
  • Lack of full licenses

Screenshots of PES 2016