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Pes 2014
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
When I first bought this latest version of Pro Evo, despite what I had been reading about this effectively being Konami laying ground work for next year's game, I was willing to give it a chance. I have been staunchly Pro Evo over FIFA since 2002 and continue to believe that Pro Evo remains a much more satisfying game to play than FIFA, with superior gameplay and generally more varied and fun matches.

I would maintain that even with this version - as opposed to the flat, repetitive, dull games of FIFA I am forced to play against some of my friends who have long given up on Konami's efforts (including some who were also previously die hard Pro Evo fans) - I still would say Pro Evo is the more fun of the two.

However, and this is becoming an increasingly strong "however" in recent years, Konami continue to test the patience of those who remain loyal to it. This is, quite frankly, the worst Pro Evo in many, many years. I am actually struggling to figure out what steps forward this Pro Evo has taken - yes, I have watched the Konami videos telling me about all the great new touches, such as 360 passing, players sweating, etc etc. All very exciting.

Yet, I switch on a game with menus more basic than even International Superstar Soccer for the Super Nintendo and then try out the various game modes only to find out that, rather than take even at least minor steps forward, the game goes backwards. It's not the licences or lack of stadium etc which are frustrating even - it's the basic things which are completely unconnected with the licences that Konami have dumbfoundingly failed to address / have removed.

Become a Legend mode feels even more basic than the original incarnation of the mode, which is saying something, with a number of basic functions removed completely unnecessarily - the once more customisable camera has been removed, you can't set your squad number, you can't ask an agent to negotiate with a particular team. Master League is similar in looking much more basic / not implementing or removing certain useful stats. In tournaments, for some unexplained reason, Konami have removed the simple menu which let you see how many games each player had played in the league / cup. How hard is it to implement also a real time "other scores" update, which FIFA does so well?

Not to mention that there is no option to have either rain or snow in the game - even Commodore 64 football games managed to implement weather systems - embarrassing. Third kits are available for teams, which is a step in the right direction, but they are only available for some teams and bizarrely not for customisable teams.

Or the terrible, terrible player faces - with the exception of the top teams in the game, the faces in the game are beyond woeful. Creating a custom player is also much more frustrating, with the end results looking nothing like what is intended.

The gameplay in matches remains great, but it is getting harder and harder each year to justify playing Pro Evo - gradually the game modes were being improved to match FIFA's, but given the lack of positive changes, basically Pro Evo is now aimed at those who are happy to spend time scouring the internet for a custom options file which imports the various club badges / kits etc, or change all the team names / emblems themselves, and those who are happy playing the game amongst friends rather than playing any of the single player game modes.

To avoid losing more loyal customers, we can only hope that Konami address a number of these issues with a data pack soon, or at the very least in the next Pro Evo. The poor effort that is Pro Evo 2014 effort leaves me cause for concern that we are just going to be left with FIFA as the only player on the market, which nobody wants.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2013
If you are a standing Pro Evo fan of a certain age, chances are that you stuck with the series despite all your friends going over to FIFA with all its bells and whistles, not to mention functioning online gameplay, because: a) you have never really liked FIFA: b) You preferred the much more dynamic, fluid, and exciting gameplay in Pro Evo. Well, the bad news with PES 2014 is that it seems that Konami have been looking very closely at FIFA and how the game is constructed, and to a certain extent totally ripped it off (much like EA did with Pro Evo in order to finally get a half decent footie game out themselves). That is not too say that PES 2014 is just like FIFA, it isn't, but subjectively, it feels very similar to play. By that I mean, slow, unresponsive, over-burdened with fancy tricks, and worst of all, completely unsatisfying to score in. I have had fewer than 10 games on it so admittedly, I don't really know the game so well, but the problem is, I just don't feel any motivation to get to know it.

Konami have completely thrown the baby out with the bathwater I am afraid and I doubt that they are going to find it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2013
This game promised a lot but failed to deliver. The Fox engine is fantastic and the gameplay in general is excellent and way superior to the arcadey and kiddish Fifa, however the game is besot with bugs and quirks and you can feel it is every bit a rushed game. Hopefully the second patch will fix many issues, but otherwise it's not worth the money, I expect Konami to improve it and make it what it should of been with the next few iterations as this new engine has massive potential, just needs some proper development work done to it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
Konami would do well to go back in time around PES 5 and build on that gameplay engine. There's just no fun in this game whatsoever, it's frustating trying to defend as you don't feel as though you're in control of your players - even with the super cancel button.

This is the last straw for me, as a long standing loyal ISS/PES fan it's time to say goodbye this time out. Back to 2013 online :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
Having owned almost all previous PES games, this one is awful, feels unfinished, sticky, wooden 'like' to play. Complete waste of money, I have tried this for over a week, and today I uninstalled it, It's going on Ebay and I will try Fifa?? Failing that, I will reinstall my PES 2013. Like 99% of the other reviewers on here - don't buy it, it's quite simply 'rubbish'!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
I actually quite like the game play mechanics and behind all the bad there is a great game underneath. the problem is, you get no time on the ball whatsoever the cpu opposition press you like supermen for 90 minutes. You are pretty much forced to play one touch passing as you spend even a second on the ball an opposing player is rushing you and taking the ball of you unless you release it as soon as you get it. Difficult to find team mates with passes too, and again opposition pretty much intercept and read everything you do. It's just crazy bad. I've been playing pro for years and i'm a pretty decent player, but this version is horrible to play. You want to get some passing moves going but you just got no time at all and as for running with the ball forget it.

This game really should be better than it is, and there is no fun playing it. I had a lot more fun playing pes 2011-2013. This version makes my head hurt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2013
I have to admit that I have only played it for a week, but...... Where's my PES???? It is Fifa 2014. Gone is the depth that Pes 2012 had (2013 was just a add-on with dubious additions( Shoes?????).!
You're now left with a gameplay bereft of the variety that made the franchise so successful. Goals are often too similar ( headed goals are now almost inexistant),Players glide around ( just like ... Fifa?) the depth of plays and the variety brought on by the players stats is barely noticeable and the result is almost like the master is now copying the glossy, richer, better looking pupil. In other words, PES was the Leo Messi of PC games, it is now C. Ronaldo in disguise.
It looks like Fifa, plays like Fifa and almost smells like it too...
Ps. Huge issues with Full screen, compatibility with Pc Joysticks. Will download the patch tonight...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2014
Probably the worst PES I've ever played. Looks like an unfinished game. I've been a PES fan for 10 years, but I'll be playing FIFA this year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2013
Why..... Konami do you hate me so? I have been nothing but faithfull to you for the last ten years buying your game every year playing on the hardest difficulty from the very first game for the sheer challenge and enjoyment.
However you for some reason you have decided to punish me and give me a game that could potentially be the greatest football game ever in terms of passing and movement and then completely ruin it by making the decisions so REDICULAS that there are no fouls given for challenges that would lead to a stretch behind bars in real life.
It is without doubt the most frustrating game I have ever EVER played and I am on my 3rd controller, which I've a good mind to bill you for.
Also what was the logic behind rushing the game out to beat FIFA but not finishing the game?
It's getting harder to defend Konami every year and I am starting to loose my faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2014
The improvements in visuals and animation were wonderful. Heart system great in competitions and the stadium feels alive.

The new physical nature of the gameplay has reduced the fun by slowing down build up of play but It's a bit more realistic, so it's not that bad. Playing the game on a minimum difficulty of professional, and things like the tricks are not effective because of this physical thing. CPU players that are slower and weaker than my player can collect the ball even from behind just by touching, thus defeating the hold off play thing.

Overall, It was ok for a first on the new engine but will require tweaks for the next version.
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