PES 2018 REVIEW

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By John Robertson
While PES 2018 is undoubtedly an improvement over its predecessor, don’t expect the same leap in chất lượng achieved by PES 2017. Instead, this year’s effort builds on the superb foundation of the previous game, consolidating its gains và focusing on further satisfying its core audience.

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Simply, if you liked PES 2017 you’re going khổng lồ find plenty to adore here in regards khổng lồ the extra depth and variety added to lớn the on-pitch action, plus a number of small tweaks made lớn the likes of Master League mode. But if you’re thinking of switching from FIFA, take note - no concession has been made lớn try and appease those who are not already fans of the formula PES employs.
In a way not overly dissimilar to lớn a fighting game sequel, PES 2018 feels lượt thích an exercise in not wanting to undermine or distort the sublime balance the previous incarnation managed to achieve sầu. As such, there’s a certain familiarity khổng lồ the bulk of the headline features.Real Touch+ is an elaboration of PES 2017’s Real cảm biến feature, which improved a player’s first touch & provided them better awareness in positioning themselves to shield the balls from opponents và bringing it under control. With Real Touch+, the core concept remains but now the whole toàn thân is brought into lớn play. Players use thighs, shoulders, stomach, chest and the entire foot – front, side và back – to control the ball, và the result is imperfect passes have a better chance of finding their target, as players have sầu more ways khổng lồ interact with passes coming towards them.


This diversity of interaction adds a palpable sense of visual drama lớn matches and goes a long way to lớn making things look closer to lớn what you’d expect to lớn see on TV. It also ups the spectacle, & passing combinations such knocks & flicks, with toàn thân parts other than a foot, are flattering for even a beginner.Naturally, players with the highest ‘ball control’ rating – Lionel Mesmê mệt, Luka Modric, Neymar Jr – benefit most, but its influence is apparent throughout the game at every level. Playing as Real Madrid - dubbed ‘MD White’ this year, thanks khổng lồ the ongoing licensing war with FIFA - I was trying lớn intercept a pass using Casemiro (ball control 78) when he nudged the ball with his heel to knock it away from an onrushing Antoine Griezmann. It might not sound lượt thích much on paper, but the effect in the heat of the game is genuinely exciting khổng lồ see.This greater ability to lớn bring the ball under control feeds inkhổng lồ improvements to how players move sầu both their body & the ball when dribbling, especially at lower speeds. Players visibly shift their weight khổng lồ change direction more suddenly & tempt defenders inkhổng lồ making a wrong move, while a range of feints and delicate touches help make space for a shot in crowded penalty areas. Again, the better the player, the more impact these kinds of dribbling options have sầu, but the real skill rests in how creative sầu you are in stringing together the available moves.






Goalkeepers improved a lot last year, but their effectiveness has taken a step backward this season. Their dives are often spectacular & when they make a great save it’s impossible lớn not be impressed. Too often though, they make poor decisions & fumble weak shots. Timid strikes from long range are fumbled too frequently, especially when the keeper has a clean line of sight & plenty of time to position himself. They also have sầu a tendency khổng lồ spill seemingly simple saves back out towards the penalty spot, leaving for an easy tap in. Thankfully keepers’ performances don’t ruin games, but sometimes their actions are awkward enough that you’re left cursing their performance and impact on the final result.Off the pitch, menu screens remain as ugly as you’ll find in any game. Boorish grey blocks filled with plain black text bởi little khổng lồ promote the excitement and allure of the world’s richest và most popular sport, which is a shame as some of the nội dung hidden within these menus represent an tăng cấp on PES 2017.
Random Selection Match is arguably the star of the new game modes over last year, giving you the option of playing with a team made of up of randomly assgifur.meed players, based on set parameters determined before the match. You can mix up khổng lồ three categories from which your team will be chosen: teams, leagues & nationality.For instance, if you want to lớn give sầu yourself the best chance of using a team of superstars then you might want khổng lồ limit your random players lớn being selected only from Real Madrid & Barcelona. Certainly, you’re going lớn have a better team from that combination then you’re going lớn if you allow the game to select from all players in the French, English, Spanish & Italian second divisions.Once your players have been assgifur.meed khổng lồ you there exists the option to trade personnel with your opponent, turning Random Selection inkhổng lồ a draft mode of sorts. This can get particularly interesting if you’re lacking in a certain key position - such as striker, for example. It’s a great mode to use when playing with a group of friends well-versed in the game - the random element forces you to both experiment with new ideas and be prepared lớn adapt to lớn players you’ve never seen or used before.
Depending on their performance in real-life, players receive sầu live stat updates inline with their khung. This adds further interest to lớn Random Selection, & other exhibition game modes, in that a player you previously discarded might have a blinding week for their club and is now forcing themselves inkhổng lồ consideration for your PES team. Keep an eye on those stat changes before making any final lineup và formation decisions.The new addition of Online Co-op is also worth spending serious time mastering, with teams of three players facing off against one another. It’s here that the tactical side of PES 2018 shines, with quality sets of partners able khổng lồ simultaneously park the bus with their defence & overload in attaông chồng. The AI on offer by default is intelligent enough khổng lồ keep you entertained, but it’s no replacement for practised, experienced human players and online co-op is apt demonstration of that.Elsewhere, multiplayer modes include the returning Online Divisions; a competition in which you face off against other real players in short seasons, with you being relegated or promoted depending on your match results. Invariably, the more often you’re promoted the better your opponents become. If you’re looking to demo yourself against the most serious of PES player then the ultra competitive sầu PES League is for you, whilst casual fans should stiông chồng to standard versus matches.

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MyClub straddles both online and offline arenas. The idea - much like FIFA Ultimate Team - is to acquire new players and build the squad of your dreams. Very little has changed over last season’s offering, although a tutorialised introduction makes it easier for newcomers to lớn underst& more quickly. As ever, it remains a mode that only satisfies if you’ve sầu got hours upon hours to lớn dedicate lớn it.
Timid strikes from long range are fumbled too frequently, especially when the keeper has a clean line of sight.
Master League remains the showpiece offline mode, with a new option to lớn increase the difficulty of managing your club’s off-the-field dealings revealing itself a welcome addition. Choose the ‘Challenge’ difficulty setting when starting a new game & fresh faces become hard to sgifur.me, your current squad is more likely to lớn want to lớn leave if things go wrong và, ultimately, keeping your job is less straightforward.Challenge mode is hardly akin lớn a Football Manager experience, but it does force you lớn think about the makeup of your squad over the longer term and that influences your overall approach accordingly.Elsewhere the usual selection of individual cup & league competitions are available for you lớn win and chiến bại, as is Become A Legend, in which you control a single player và try khổng lồ make it to the top & achieve sầu glory.
Unfortunately, Become A Legend is as stale as it’s always been và limiting yourself to controlling a single player when so many of the game's improvements focus on linking a team together seems counterproductive. Considering the existence of FIFA 17’s imperfect-but-interesting The Journey single-player mode – & its follow-up in FIFA 18 – it’s difficult to see Become A Legover anything other than entirely redundant as a serious option for enjoying modern football games.There are also a few minor issues with VPS unique in online matches, predominantly when going through the matchmaking process. It can take some time to find an opponent, an issue that is made worse if playing in co-op và seeking multiple players to join your match. Matches themselves have sầu been more stable than previous PES releases on launch, with only a small percentage of fixtures affected by lag. Hopefully any và all issues will be ironed out as Konamày reacts to lớn VPS load.

PES 2018 is not without its faults then, but many are easy khổng lồ forgive sầu because it does a wonderful job of consolidating và evolving on the fantastic groundwork laid by its predecessor. The improvements may not make headlines, but they vày make for one of the most complete và satisfying football games.True, it’s a game that benefits from serious time being dedicated to it, in order lớn learn all of its possibilities. As such, it’s not easy lớn recommkết thúc PES 2018 to the casual football game bạn. But for those serious about diving in and soaking up all there is khổng lồ know about Konami’s beautiful game, you will not find yourself disappointed.
Whether playing online or off, there’s a huge amount to vì chưng here và a huge amount to love about it. Put the effort in and you’re repaid with a genuine sense of satisfaction and a feeling of real accomplishment. Once again, PES has phối an incredibly high màn chơi of quality for other sports games lớn try và match.