Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 Review

So here we are again another year as gone and PES2016 is here. I feel this year is very different for Pro Evolution Soccer and KONAMI as they released the demo before the game was out clearly showing that they mean business and have alot of faith in the game, it uses the FOX engine (also being used by Metal Gear Solid V) and has some significant advancements,  it features 3 times more animations than last years title


‘Love the Past, Play the Future’ is the tagline for the latest version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 it was voted ‘Best Sports Game for the second year running by the Gamescom judging panel. despite some troubled times for the title recently it’s come back to winning ways. It’s always had its trademark and has been different to FIFA. You’re either a FIFA or PES player not both it’s always been that way I feel. With PES it delivers a feeling to the player that the other can’t for years PES was the better game until a few years ago unfortunately the lack of club licenses prevents it from being the ultimate football experience. . Don’t let this put you off in anyway the game is still right up there, anyway debate over. I’ll let you decide what’s best.

With Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 one thing is clear you have the control. Every aspect of the game has benefited from the refinement and improvement on the pitch the physicality of top-level matches is stressed via a significantly improved collision system that calculates how many players interact and shows a unique outcome depending on the type of impact. Aerial battles are also different this year as the left stick is used to unsettle a larger, more powerful player or find the best position to make the header/volley, Response times have also improved allowing players to maneuver in tight situations.

Performing a tackle at the perfect time will powerfully shove the player out of the way to secure the ball in the best possible way. The ball will immediately be yours creating direct turnarounds and counter opportunities.


PES 2016 also features dynamic weather for the first time ever as matches than start overcast can suddenly turn into torrential rain, only to be bright and sunny towards the end of the match, much like real life. The rain also changes how the physics of the ball and the ability of players, as less skilled players are more likely to slip and fall in wet periods.

The individuality of players is also further demonstrated via the outgoing Player ID and Team ID projects. This ensures the players in PES 2016 not only resemble but have all the playing traits of their real life counterparts, The ID system has also been extended to goalkeepers this year around in a bid to improve the quality and add unique individuality in performance..

Well with the on field elements in place again this year. PES also sees a determined focus across the game’s back-room, The eternally popular master league enjoys a massive total revamp allowing players to immerse themselves in the managerial world of football. Every Element has been redesigned and reworked from all new menus to the new transfer system,


The game’s myClub option has been further improved based on feedback they have had. Player Level systems, and player exclusive to the mode have also been added while users can use points acquired through matches or with myClub coins, To experience realistic club management to develop a good squad the mode that was introduced last year consistently updates players on a weekly basis so you’ll never been out of date again

Overall PES 16 has brilliant mechanics. It continues the fantastic work done last year and offering a more realistic approach on the way. The game-play feels real yet again, the graphics are an improvement from recent years the licenses are downfall but the Champions League makes up for a part of this in my eyes.

If you’re a football fan and like to play the game in the right way. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is clearly for you.

Just in case you didn’t know, it’s the 20th anniversary of PES this year…. Happy Anniversary!

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  • 9/10
    Gameplay - 9.0/10
  • 7.7/10
    Graphics - 7.7/10
  • 8.5/10
    Sound - 8.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Longevity - 7.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Value - 7.5/10


Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is the game for true football fans the Lack of official licenses for the English Premier League and others is the downfall yet again. But if you’re after game-play this is simply for you.

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