Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
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Developer: PES Productions
Content Rating: Everyone
PES 2016 aims to retain its title of 'Best Sports Game', as voted across the world at games shows and by major media outlets in 2014, by continuing to lead the way in the recreation of 'The Beautiful Game'. The series aims to go back to its roots to create an exciting match between users, and proudly present PES 2016 to deliver quality gameplay following 'The Pitch is Ours' mantra. From further integration of the industry leading Fox Engine to bring the on-pitch action to life and the full commitment to Centre the product around creating the best gameplay experience, to the full redevelopment of Master League, every facet of the game has been enhanced to deliver yet another outstanding product.
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Fortunately, the series is growing and it appears it won't be going anywhere anytime soon. For Pro Evolution Soccer, its 20th anniversary brings in 2016 with a bang. The improvements and expanded gameplay comes as a bit of a surprise. Konami is showing that their push to the top of football greatness is fully in effect. It is safe to say PES 2016 is one of the best sports releases to the genre in recent years.
Master League has been given a brilliant Football Manager-aping redesign, with a calendar view and news items all displayed on its home screen. Yet there's little worth in assessing soccer sims by the weight of their game modes, or indeed, the breadth of their official licences. All that truly matters is what unfolds in those virtual ninety minutes, either against a friend, an online stranger, or the computer. On that test alone, PES 2016 represents the best game in the series since the PlayStation 2 era.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is a strange entry in the series. The improvements are obvious and clear to see from the outset but the areas in which it has taken a step backward take a lot longer to actually uncover. You don't realise that you haven't conceded a free kick for ages until you've played more than a handful of games. You don't realise that the keepers pretty much can't save low shots until you've conceded a dozen goals in the bottom corner. This means that your time with PES this year will be spent playing for an hour or two and then putting the controller down in frustration. It's to Konami's great credit that it somehow always calls you back to it.