A more casual crack at the beautiful game.
The Pitch: Taking EA Sports’ FIFA 14 head on, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 14 is the soccer game for people who prefer a more Arcade-styled version of the beautiful game, plain and simple.
What It Really Is: When all is said and done and the dust settles on the yearly soccer-game matchup, Pro Evo Soccer tends to be the second-fiddle player of soccer video games. Where FIFA aims to be as realistic as possible and identifies itself as a simulation, PES takes the opposite route by having a more arcade feel to it. Through the integration of Konami’s Fox Engine and Trueball tech, the arcade style comes through with a fair amount of fluidity in the look and feel of the game. PES14 is a quick, competitive version of soccer that is significantly less plodding than its EA Sports counterpart but also allows you to be less deliberate in your approach to the gameplay. Purists looking to hone their skills are more likely to be frustrated by PES’s extra-forgiving, always-sticks-to-your-foot passing and dumbed down shooting dynamics. We also couldn’t help but notice that, while the Fox engine does make the in-game animations look better than previous iterations, stadium backgrounds, crowds, and players’ faces are still not up to snuff when compared to other sports games this year. We’ll make exceptions for butter faces on a drunken Saturday night but, in video games, they’re simply unacceptable.
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “Pro Evolution Soccer 14 would make Darwin proud.” -Maxim.com
Fun Fact: PES14 does do a good job of having the licensing for actual players in the game, but falls way short when it comes to having the rights to the teams and leagues that are most popular with fans. This is probably the least shocking aspect of the PES franchise when you consider that its direct competitor is named after soccer’s governing body.
Who It’s For: If you love arcade-style sports, PES14 is the right choice for you from the outset. Alternatively, if you’ve picked up FIFA 14 and simply can’t stand how slow and tedious it’s become, PES14 is a much snappier, rewarding option to get your futbol fix.
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