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Xbox One Game Review

PES 2018
Pro Evolution Soccer


Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment
Age Restrictions: 3+
Release Date: 14 September 2017

Konami has incorporated an extensive range of new elements for its release of PES 2018. The game represents the largest number of additional features for the franchise in over 10 years. These include additional fluidity to the control system as well as a new user interface makes gaining access to the many facets of the game a much simpler process.

Review imageAt its heart this game is only going to work if the same fun and addictive on-field action is present and correct from the previous installments. You'll be glad to know, it is. Some of the tweaks include matches played at a more realistic pace, whilst a new strategic dribbling system offers greater control. In addition, movements of the control stick allow you to wrong-foot defenders. The franchise's Real Touch + process also allows players to react differently when receiving the ball. Each player will use their head, chest and legs to bring a pass under control dependant on the height and speed of the incoming ball.

On an aesthetic level, the developers have incorporated better lighting across both day and night matches. In addition over 20,000 components have been carefully recreated to sculpt the turf, tunnels as well as the surrounding areas of stadia such as Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park. The in game animation system has been rehauled, with the addition of motion-capturing players.

Review imageThe familiar 11-Vs-11 online options and the MyClub challenge where gamers build up their team from scratch are joined by co-operative 2-Vs-2 and 3-Vs-3 modes. The Random Selection match makes a welcome return with all new content, while the Master League implements pre-season tournaments, a new transfer system and pre-match interviews and an insight to the changing rooms.

I have to admit that I've not played PES since PES 2011. In fact, the office kind of got bored with the lack of real change to the game. PES 2018 brings the franchise back anew. It may take you a little time to get used to some of the features, but once you're up to speed, it's another highly addictive entry to the series.


Nick Smithson

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