There is nothing flashy about PES 2017, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. While the game lacks the available modes that a title like FIFA might offer, it more than makes up for it in it’s realistic football simulation, making PES 2017 the best football game we have ever played.
It’s Not EA Sports FIFA
This biggest reason people shy away from the PES franchise is because of the lack of licenced content and the lack of game modes. For years, this was definitely a problem, especially since the quality of the football itself was always a mirror image of what EA Sports was offering.
Although PES has brought in modes that try to rival those of EA Sports, the g ame still lacks. The biggest difference between EA Sports FIFA and PES is the content within the game. Only a few teams from each league are available for use in PES, and only he most notable footballers get a legitamte body double within the game. So yes, depending on how you setup your My Squad, you could possibly have Neymar running in on goal with three other players you A) might not know from Adam, and B) all look exactly the same.
In that way, PES team selections and player presentations might be a serious letdown, especially for those who are long time EA Sports players. If that’s you, and being able to play as Manchester United, or any Major League Soccer team, you might want to pass on PES. It’s not for you.
For the Serious Footballers
If you are purely looking for a great football experience, one that is as realistic as possible, then don’t look any further then PES. PES 2017 is built on realism, from specific player movements and strengths, to accurate tackle animations, realistic dribbling, and a realistic on pitch presentation. The game has improved in so many areas over 2016, we couldn’t possibly name them all here; however, one stark difference is in the capabilities of the goaltenders.
Goalies in PES 2017 are noticeably faster and smarter. They grab more crosses then they punch, they volley shots away from attacking players, rather than directly into their paths, and they will pull their arms away when – mid dive – they realize the ball won’t hit the target, resulting in a goal kick rather than a dangerous corner.
But even when the goalies make the same boneheaded mistakes we became use to in previous PES titles, there was a sense of realistic possibility. Goalies do make blunders, but what use to be a game-to-game occurrence has now become a once in 4 or 5 problem.
We will have much more to say on PES 2017, but when it comes to reviewing this title, there just is not a whole lot to say. Sure, it lacks content, but the My Squad mode is incredible, and the accuracy of the football is excellent, making it my preferred football experience this year.
We will have an separate article (hopefully) weekly surrounding the squad I am building in the game. Leveling up the players and getting those hard fought wins has been incredibly rewarding. As it is the deepest mode in the game, it is the one we will focus on the most!
Adam Roffel has only been writing about video games for a short time, but has honed his skills completing a Master's Degree. He loves Nintendo, and almost anything they have released...even Tomodachi Life.