Just one week with the new PES 2014 but here are my views on what makes PES 2014 an excellent football game par none.
Outstanding passing play: The passing game in PES 2014 is incredible. No other game – past or present – has managed to nail the passing mechanics and passing physics as this game has managed. Sometimes I enjoy the passing so much I end up not doing much with the ball.
Freedom and variety: PES 2014 provides a lot of freedom to play. There’s no single successful method or a pointless approach in this game. Stays truthful no matter how you want to play. Playing as Villareal, beat Barcelona 2-1 where I had 39% possession and 5 shots to Barca’s 21 shots. Great variety is there depending on how much you want to experiment. Old habits say ‘pass and move’. If you come out of it and try to hold the ball or dribble to create spaces, you have a great game on hand.
Superb animations: PES have doubly improved in the animations area. Now we have great animation for every single possible event on the pitch and the way they’re played out is just brilliant. This adds quite a lot to the gameplay. The animations also ensure that the player movements stay closer to reality. They have also suppressed the possible temptation to make all players agile and smooth. That’s not true in real life. Luckily Konami have kept it that way.
Great turf: All stadiums in the game have great turf to play on. It’s extremely important as that’s what you’ll be watching for almost all of your playing time. Both the day and night games have great pitches to play and provide great contrast and color backdrop to play with any coloured kit. This time PES have got both the day and night game lighting spot on. For once, I don’t need to pick and choose stadiums and time of the day to play my matches.
Atmosphere: The in-stadium atmosphere is absolutely mental. So much so that I leave the commentary (Spanish, because I don’t understand Spanish and I like the sound of the language) at very low volume while I turn up the crowd volume. Their oohs and aahs simply add to the immersiveness on the pitch. I can still add numerous audio clips for specific events like ‘unfavourable referee decision’ etc. Top job with the sound this time.
Game tempo: Real football doesn’t happen at the same flat pace all through the game. There are always some spurts, some high tempo moments and some slower moments. Basically, a real football game will have all paces from -2 to +2 in the space of 90 mins. In PES 2014, while there can be a base game speed, the game does speed up depending on the situations. I think this contextual pace is extremely bring in a video game. PES 2014 has done a great job in this area. Provides you a great sense of realism.
Immersive and addictive: The good old ‘one more game’ feeling is back. You want to play and you want to keep playing. It’s not just a pleasure playing PES 2014 but it can soon turn into an obsession. The game is that immersive and addictive.