PES 2016

PES 2016

The best PES game in years is also the worst PC port

PES 2016 is the best game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series since the PlayStation 2 era. But, in terms of graphics, it’s a disaster. View full description

PROS

  • The AI and physics
  • The controls
  • Lots of modes
  • Moment to moment tension

CONS

  • Fewer licenses than FIFA 16
  • It's a port of PS3!

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PES 2016 is the best game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series since the PlayStation 2 era. But, in terms of graphics, it’s a disaster.

The genius of PES 2016

It’s tough to identify the genius of PES 2016. But this struggled to pinpoints its brilliance is not bad thing, because it seems to be in every insignificant detail.

The two undisputed stars are the physics and AI. Konami has made huge progress in both areas to get those all important duels for the ball and overall control feeling more organic and unpredictable. PES has always been a strategic franchise, now it seems PES 2016 has at last reached the pace and fluency of its rival FIFA.

The AI improvements are also significant, removing the fear of passing the ball to your teammates. You can now be confident that your allies will be protecting you as you wait for an opening to pass to your teammate who has positioned himself well in the sea of players.

It is impressive to see how the 22 player AI’s combine, overlap, contradict, and conflict each other. Watching this in action invites you to work with your team as a single unit, rather than treating them as a pack of lone wolves.

In PES 2016 each victory, however small, feels earned. You must focus on every single part of a play - not just the goal - as an oversight in any element can result in disaster. Accuracy, reflexes, and a cool head are key to winning.

Perhaps this is where PES 2016’s new found appeal lies: that battles or challenges occurring every minute. Every micro-battle can lead to glory or defeat. And best of all - regardless of what happens - it’s fun because you can never guess what will happen next.

A PS3 port?

Here's the bad news: the PC version of PES 2016 is a port of the PS3 version. We honestly have no idea why Konami has not endeavored to adapt the already developed PS4 and Xbox One versions. This older engine means poorer graphics and less dynamic animations.

It’s not all bad though, PES 2016 is still stuffed with content: Legend mode, Master League, Master League MyClub… PES is no longer just about the on the pitch game, it also has a mini-football manager style mode that’s almost as good as the main action. Even in terms of licenses PES 2016 is making gains on FIFA – though it still does lag behind the EA game for likenesses.

Best on console

PES 2016 is superb. It is strategic, unpredictable, amazing, and organic… but we do recommend the PS4 and Xbox One versions if you have the option – the current graphics on PC are unforgivable and stop me giving the game the 9/10 that it deserves.

— User reviews — about PES 2016

  • Quoc Anh Nguyen1174965184

    by Quoc Anh Nguyen1174965184

    "i love pes"

    it is a very good game.I love this game =))). this is the best game i played every year before . More.

    reviewed on June 8, 2017

  • Ah-Sh A-h

    by Ah-Sh A-h

    "yes i can "

    i think it should be really really awesome . because i didnt try it yet . More.

    reviewed on May 23, 2017

  • MHERSZIE

    by MHERSZIE

    "PES is a good game"

    is very very good. once you master playing PES you will become expert and it will improve your skill in real soccer. More.

    reviewed on April 2, 2017

  • lar fc

    by lar fc

    "yes review"

    i like play foot ball every day on monthday to sunday for healhty. More.

    reviewed on February 16, 2017

  • greaderbxhetani

    by greaderbxhetani

    "its a perfect game"

    its a perfect game. i love it so much. i play it in my free time. More.

    reviewed on August 23, 2016

  • DAVID EMMANUEL SEUN

    by DAVID EMMANUEL SEUN

    "like"

    pes 2016 is a new game in this and for change of players pes 2016 is good than 2015 and people like it because of the ne... More.

    reviewed on July 31, 2016