Who wants to play some football? Yes It’s Madden season but it’s time to lock into the demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. Last year Konami proved that PES 2015 was indeed the better game of the two; however under the publication of EA, FIFA continues to topple any competition that stands in its way.
PES 2016 allows you to choose between teams, customize your settings, including match time, location, weather and difficulty. For detailed Impressions I decided to push all the way to 10 minute halves as I thoroughly enjoy playing PES year after year.
The very first thing you have to admire is the graphics utilizing the FOX Engine. PES 2016 is eye-candy to anyone that admires the very details of the game. It’s not just the average start-up either as PES has gradually moved from players running to the field to now showing them in the tunnels. Even this year the turf and texture are both teased along with players looking closer to their real-life counterparts.
There was a lack of commentary which you could feel missing, causing the game to feel incredibly empty at times. But then again the crowd made the game feel authentic, and myself like a player on the field. And when it came down to the mechanics and A.I., I was impressed with the way my opponents handled themselves.
Last year PES focused on weight balancing as you controlled the ball and the focus remains as it’s more difficult to glide up and down the field as mechanics used to allow. A.I. difficulty has increased a bit as well, making it more task work attempting to steal the soccer ball. And on defense, the opposing team will be able to adapt to your gameplay, so be sure to have fun and be original!
The collision system is also incredible; to watch that is. As I missed my goal the other team tried to pass the ball to only trip over their teammate and lose the ball, allowing me to score. Can you say Gooooooal!?
Yes it was a demo, but it’s showing to be quite promising. FIFA adding 12 women teams this year will proved to be gain competition, but the team means nothing if the quality doesn’t match up. PES 2016 will release September 15th 2015 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4. Until then download the demo today.