PES has refined year on year in this generation, continuing to improve, but PES 2017 is the crowning moment. With different tactics and styles that are effective, and unique players, great goal feel and lovely control, PES 2017 just feels so good to play. It may well be the greatest football game ever made.
There's no doubt that PES 2017 is a pretty fun game. For this new episode, Konami concentrated its efforts on the playfield, introducing a lot of new stuff in terms of gameplay. Most of the flaws of the previous iteration have been corrected, making PES 2017 a robust soccer title, bound to guarantee a lot of fun, especially when played against human opponents.
If you can look past the usual scarcity of licenses (e.g. just two English clubs are licensed), you’ll see a great game – unpredictable, spectacular, deep, satisfying and engaging. It just needs time to show its advantages, because they might not be instantly obvious when you pick up a controller for a moment at a party. [12/2016, p.66]
PES 2017 is a solid football game. The pace of the match, the adaptive I.A. and the perfection of the superstars are the best part of the game. Online performances and licenses are the downside of the best PES to date.
Pro Evolution 2017 is not a step forward in the evolution of the series. Apart from the huge lack of licenses, Konami has not added new game modes in order to keep the franchise fresh. Besides, the online mode is a mess and gives very negative vibes.
As a long-time fan of FIFA, I hadn't try a PES game since the glorious days of SNES and International Suuuuper Staaar Soccer (Deluxe!). In short, the game seems to be somehow closer to a "real" football game. With FIFA, games develop in ways that you wouldn't expect in a real life game, whereas with PES games you think "that could very well happen". The physics aspect of the game are great though some of the moves are sloppy.
My main beef with this game is how difficult it is to navigate. Figuring out how to even play against a friend with the FIFA control setups, required a Google search. The lack of licenses is also frustrating. Even after downloading them and managing to have the actual names in (most) teams, once I begun a "Career", the changes were not there.
All in all, in terms of the actual gameplay, PES is solid, fun and different from FIFA. It takes some time to adapt to the style but it is enjoyable. I gave it a 7/10 due to the inherent difficulties in navigating the menus and options. They are definitely not easy to change or understand. In the end, FIFA is easier to play, it has all the teams you love and, most likely, you and your friends already know how to play it. As such, Konami has a long way to go before being the best option.
So another year another PES game and now after 3 months or so from its release i think it ll be a good time to review the game with a cool head...I am amazed from the rave and reviews that this game gets...I am even more amazed from the fact that people believe that this is the best PES ever or that it is even better than the glorious PS2 days i believe that none of these people have actually played the game in PS2 as this game has no resemblance to the great PES titles of the bygone PS2 **** here is why:
1.Gameplay aint bad at **** is by no means great or very good but it aint **** is **** feel that the players have a weight in them like actual human beings,unlike FIFA where they weigh about 10 pounds,you fell that they actually step on grass and not on ice like the EA's product and the ball feels like a **** as an overinflated plastic globe.Match pacing is really nice and animations are at least **** get some great games here and there and nice football **** downside to all of that is that most of the time you feel like you are playing the same match over and over again.I have scored more than 150 goals with the same exact **** cross to the near post followed by a one touch finish.Rinse.Repeat.I always play with the worst teams in the game so it can e a little bit chalenging and not only it isnt but this game is way easier than the last PES if that can be **** you make the mistake and choose a great team or a very good team then you can end the game 7-1 or 8-1 as every shot that you ll take can go in,or if it does not go in it ll go very very close to the net,it seems that every shot from anywhere on the pitch is a big chance to score,especially the R2 ones that are virtually unstoppable.Another bad thing is that if you lose possesion even for a little bit the cursor changes and your player freezes,even though that he has a chance to win the ball back **** cursor problem is horrendous.Especially in defence where the AI can select the center back when you need the left back and if you press L1 then the cursor might go to the center forward for some **** defensive system is bad,your team does not feel like a cohesive unit that tries to defend it rather feels like a Mario game where the attack starts from the easier level that being your forwards and progresses onto the more difficult levels and finally to the Bowser who in this instance is your keeper.Your centre backs are mostly out of position,your defensive midfielders seem oblivious to the runs that are being made by the attackers and your wing backs are constantly playing in a universe or their **** for the offensive **** the ball movement is non existent.I am a football coach at the younger leagues as a side job and every time i play this game i pause and try to swallow my anger.Your team mates are going all over the place (i cant even count how many times i saw my two center forwards together on the byline for some reason),your midfielders do not create space so you can pass the ball,your wing backs do not overlap even in the most blatant situations..i could go on and on and on,anyone who has played the sport on a professional or even semi pro level can indicate all of the wrong off the ball movements that your players make and lastly the "tactics" like TIki -taka and so on are poorly **** can still play the same game without **** dont need them to win or to turn a game around.
2.Presentation:There is no presentation.Nothing.Same sound as PES 2015,2016 commentary is god awful,you feel that youare playing a generic match all the time even when you play a rivalry /derby game and the licences are still a huge **** it can be solved if you have time and a good option file but it is 2016.Just make the unlicenced teams a little bit more close the official counterparts.JUst have London FC wear **** pink.
3.Game Modes:ML is very blunt,very boring and not **** have no control on your transfer fees as the "agent" chooses the amount,the scouting system is incredibly bad and you can practically make a team consisting of 17-18 year old free agents withh 78 **** do not interact with your players,you do not interact with the **** are there to press the buttons.I wont even write about BAL as i believe that there is no need.Read a review from PES 2009 and there you have **** is exactly the same.
Overall:4/10.I dissagree 100% with the "all that matters is the gameplay" **** aint like **** customer pays 60 euros to buy a game that excels in every department not just the **** pay for the game to have a great sound,great commentary,great gameplay,great and immersive gamemodes and great presentation.That is why you pay that amount of money for yearly **** has an ok gameplay and bad sound/commentary/immersion/game **** is time to put the series to rest.Sadly.
SummaryIn PES 2017, the 1st touch is calculated by player attributes, as well as the further inclusion of real ball physics directly controlled by the input ball touch. See how different players control the ball in unique and different ways based on where and how you control them, dictating the flow of the game based on how they react to the un...