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About the product
- New UI for all menus and real player images for game plan screen and my Club, as well as new in-game presentation giving the game a new broadcast feel.
- Compete in PES League in new modes including my Club, Random Selection Match and Online co-op
- A new mode dedicated to 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play, with support for local guests. Play together with friends, take your team to the top or simply have some fun via one-off casual matches.
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Achieve legend status in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 with these new features:
- Gameplay Masterclass – Strategic Dribbling, Real Touch+ and new set pieces take the unrivalled gameplay to the next level
- Presentation Overhaul – New menus and real player images
- PES League Integration – Compete with PES League in new modes including myClub
- Online Co-op -A mode dedicated to co-op play is newly added. Make, play and take your clan to the top of the ranks
- Random Selection Match – Fan favourite returns with new presentation and features
- Master League Upgrade – Experience life as manager with new pre-season tournaments, improved transfer system, presentations and functionality
- Enhanced Visual Reality – New lighting, reworked player models and animations covering everything from facial expressions to body movement to bring the game to life
Where Legends Are Made' encapsulates the return of PES, with new features, modes and an unparalleled gameplay experience. This year's edition bring the biggest changes to the award winning series seen in a decade, which will set a new standard for soccer games, and raise expectations for the future of the franchise. No part of PES 2018 has been left untouched, giving you new ways to play with a number of gameplay improvements, Online Co-op, Random Selection Match, and a complete presentation overhaul with lifelike player models, new menus and real player images. The world renowned gameplay quality has been finely tuned and refined to recreate the authenticity of the beautiful game, including a more realistic game speed. Strategic Dribbling gives the user significantly more control in possession, with the addition of contextual shielding to protect the ball, as well as simple stick controls triggering realistic, subtle movements to wrong foot defenders. Real Touch+ adds a new dimension to ball control, with full body touch allowing various parts of the body to control the ball based on the unpredictability of the ball movement. Set pieces have been reworked with a new FK and PK system, alongside the option to choose the new one player kick off. Realistic visuals recreate the authenticity of football, all the way down to the finer details thanks to Real Capture. Players have been motion captured in equally realistic environments, allowing for a complete rework of the animation system, starting with core movement such as walking, turning and body posture. Additionally, player models have been completely changed, with special attention paid to kit fitting and short size. Players photo scanned from partner teams will receive full body tattoos, including Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar Jr.
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But let me keep it simple.
I loved the last edition PES 2017. And whatever comparisons I make will be relative to last years version. Also, this review is based on just the exhibition mode I played in, since it hasn't even been 2 hrs since I received this. I am yet to go into career mode and others.
In terms of overall improvements, not much has been made here. There is no "giant leap" forward in how the players or playing surface looks. But, in the team selection menus they use real life photos of the players faces (1st string/team players). Although, one thing you will notice, is that the crowd appearance is a bit more "diverse" for want of a better word. What I'm getting at is, in PES 2017, you'll see about 2 different spectators and then the rest is just a CGI multiplication of those same faces to fill up the arena. But here in 2018 version it's more varied -- you will probably notice this more in a PS4 console than the PS3.
The menu selection is still same old same old. PES loves to keep it simple and I honestly have zero complaints about that.
The changes or modifications made here have been subtle. But if you were a frenzied player of PES 2017, then you will definitely notice the tweaks. I can not rave enough about the players motions/movements on and off the ball. Usually you have a colored cursor over the head of the player with the ball. Now in addition to that, you also have a non-colored cursor over the head of the player most likely to receive a pass - or is moving into space to take an incoming pass. Some may like this, others might not. I for one do like it.
Now, like I said, I really liked how the players move ... which is saying a lot since I thought 2017 version was the "be all and end all" of it in the sense that they move more "real world" in comparison to FIFA. This 2018 version seems to have taken the computer AI up a level. The players off the ball seem and act more intelligently. Players seem to know when to hold the line, run into space, not just when you are on the ball, but as if they were "anticipating" your game move 2-3 steps ahead of play, kind of like playing chess. I can not say for sure whether these my observations are based on the fact that I have changed my normal camera viewing angle from my usual Dynamic range to Blimp view. And I honestly wonder why I never used this view. Some might say the players look a tad bit too small from such a high aerial perspective, but I got tired of the computer cheating me when I couldn't see an opposing player sneak up from out of the frame (Dynamic wide) and score. LOL.
One thing this version lacks is the set piece "direction arc." I have tried all the button mashing I could, and I could not produce the guidance arcs. So, this is the only downside I have seen. And I do not like it. Another thing that might be debated is the quality of the goal keeping. I don't know if the keepers went into the same sports store and bought the same pairs of lousy gloves, but, the quality of goal keeping is questionable when it comes to gripping the ball. Regardless of which keeper you use from whichever team, you will notice this poor ball catching ability when shots are taken. Now this did happen on occasions in the 2017 edition, but it's more frequent in this one.
Another plus side is that the game no longer feels like you are playing ping pong in terms of how the passing goes. In older versions a player might be badly off balance yet somehow always gets the ball when you pass to him. Here, it's not that artificial. Passing remains smooth, but more finesse driven this time.
PES 2018 takes what worked in PES 2017 and rather than drop them (except the guidance arcs), tweaked them up for a an improved, fun ( but not a game changing) experience.