Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    90
    Crucially, though, that intangible PES magic remains and expands with the potential of the new engine; matches take on their own personalities (helped by new player emotions – perform well and your play will visibly improve during the game) and you’ll discuss great goals for years, especially now that shooting and heading are weightier, more natural feeling. Even Master League is better.
  2. Sep 18, 2013
    90
    In many ways it's the same message as last year, then, despite sea-change in a lot of areas: PES 2014 is a methodical sports game with deep systems that reward practice and experimentation; the sort of game that will appeal to people who read Zonal Marking rather than Sun Sport.
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    87
    While the new engine, based on Kojima Production's FOX Engine, allowed a visual improvement, it also helped us realize that the game's physics are in need of a little renovation. The game modes are basically the same as in previous editions, but the real improvements were made in its core mechanics. Obsessive players are going to be able to control every detail of the game, but newcomers might feel overwhelmed by all the new possibilities that the complex control scheme allows.
  4. Sep 20, 2013
    85
    The new Fox Engine was able to give new life to Konami's franchise. PES 2014 has deeper and more challenging gameplay than his predecessor, but the lack of licenses, both teams and stadiums, remains its biggest problem.
  5. Sep 18, 2013
    85
    This is a good restart for the series and we're sure all the fans will appreciate this chapter.
  6. Sep 18, 2013
    85
    Even with the powerful Fox Engine to sustain this new PES, Konami manages to get to the podium. The gameplay feels great but the constant lack of licenses is an even greater pain this year.
  7. Sep 18, 2013
    84
    A step forward for the series on the pitch, and provides a great foundation for it to build on going forward. But it feels like it’s only taken one step forward rather than a huge leap.
  8. Sep 18, 2013
    83
    PES 2014 is a new era in Konami's franchise. Fox Engine offers new options, more realistic visuals and better mechanics, but not polished at all. This is the first step to return to the top of the genre.
  9. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    The new game engine makes the field play feel infinitely better in this edition of PES. It's a welcome and well needed change for the series. There is also a fair amount of bugs and some strange a.i but in the end PES 2014 is a sports game that is well done.
  10. 80
    Smart advances on pitch make the game skillful and extremely rewarding. It's just a shame that a few small niggles haven't been fixed from last year. [Issue#104, p.76]
  11. Oct 5, 2013
    80
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 lacks polish but still has that good, familiar PES feeling. A true football game. [Oct 2013]
  12. Oct 2, 2013
    80
    PES 2014 is a huge improvement in a franchise with a new engine, which will provide football fans with countless hours of fun. Sadly for everything good Konami has done, if they don’t change their after sales administration, PES will never be top of the League again.
  13. Sep 26, 2013
    80
    The King is back, as Pro Evo produces the best offline football game to date. It still lacks online, but this was never a game about playing faceless people across the world. Get your mates round and remember the good old days. There is room for improvement, but at long last the future looks bright for the former great.
  14. 80
    PES 2014 shows its strengths in the most important places, but ultimately could be more appealing to a wider audience with some polish in the right places. Even so, it's a strong entry in the series that proves there's definitely room for two on the pitch.
  15. Sep 24, 2013
    80
    True, its slower pace may mean it’s more fun to play as Pirlo than Messi these days, but if PES has lost a little of its former flamboyance, it’s a more robust, complete game as a result.
  16. 80
    Its also frustrating that a game that can give so much on the pitch has very little to offer beyond it.
  17. Oct 25, 2013
    77
    If played locally, PES 2014 is a great soccer game showing that Konami took the right path for its series rebirth. But as you try getting online, countless problems arise making it hardly playable.
  18. Sep 30, 2013
    75
    It brings a sense of passion and build-up to a football match which EA Sports haven’t captured as of late.
  19. Sep 30, 2013
    70
    The progression over the years for Pro Evolution Soccer is evident. Just a few years ago this was an arcade game that only collected dust in the corner and watched as many a kid gingerly thumbed through selections around it. Not saying fútbol fans haven’t enjoyed it, as there’s surprisingly quite a following to the title, but it has just taken time for growth and solid improvement. ’14 seems to be the year we’ll look back and say, “Yup, that’s where it turned the corner. Man, I miss that DeLorean.”
  20. Sep 26, 2013
    70
    The best looking soccer game on the market right now also happens to offer the best experience on the pitch. Missing licenses and less than inspiring singleplayer-modes keeps it grounded though.
  21. Sep 26, 2013
    70
    With improved physics and an incredible depth in gameplay, PES 2014 is a step in the right direction for Konami. The game still suffers from weak AI, lack of licenses and few innovations in their gameplay modes, but its the closest the series have come in matching PES 6, the highlight of the series.
  22. Sep 18, 2013
    70
    The moments of fluid football where you feel completely at one with the game are better than FIFA. But all the strides forward in ball control are undone by the game seemingly doing everything it can to take true control away from you, leaving you with the feeling that PES 2014 is more about simulating football than it is about you playing it.
  23. Sep 18, 2013
    60
    This is a game that tries to straddle the line between arcade action and sublime simulation and never succeeds at either. PES is at its best when it's selective with its realism: here's hoping next year it can go back to doing what it does best.
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Sep 24, 2013
    10
    Pes has finally overtaken fifa. Gameplay is very realistic and despite a few player face issues the graphics are good. If you are worried about licensing just download an option file onto a usb, dont get an inferior game just because it has licensed teams. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2013
    1
    I would like to meet the Lead Designer of KONAMI and slap his Face for destroying a franchise beein so good.!!. its a shameful display.. i even think the guys/girls who worked on this game have never played on a football pitch its a disaster.. the same menu same online problems.. samo game modes.. nothing new.. expect the fox engine.. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2013
    10
    Premetto che ho assegnato un 10 per risollevare il voto ingiusto, che a mio avviso dovrebbe essere sicuramente un 8 pieno;

    Questo gioco ha
    2 volti:

    -Il primo volto, sgradevole, quello dei contenuti...poche licenze, assenza di pioggia, assenza di stadi, pochi volti dei giocatori e online perennemente con i "lavori in corso"...Fifa, in questo ambito, ne esce nettamente vincitore come negli anni passati...

    -Il secondo volto, quello invece gradevole, quello del gameplay...quest'anno la fisica degli impatti notevole, non ci sono compenetrazioni poligonali, le animazioni sono molto buone e l'IA davvero ottima...giocare contro la CPU divertente ed appagante, azioni sempre diverse e fantasiose e non scriptate come in Fifa...una volta acquisita la padronanza dei comandi, quindi dopo almeno 10/15 partite, si può godere questo gioco al massimo delle potenzialità e divertirsi tantissimo...

    Conclusioni:

    Pes14 in single player lo ritengo nettamente più divertente, profondo, appagante e realistico di quello di Fifa...dove l'IA pessima, le azioni scriptate e si segna sempre negli stessi modi;
    Fifa14 superiore nei contenuti e nel comparto on line, dove offre molto di più...

    A voi la scelta...io quest'anno preferisco sicuramente Pes14 e spero che nel prossimo capitolo facciano le cose come si deve anche per i contenuti, che sono davvero poveri.
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