Konami – the developers most known for the Metal Gear Solid series, do also make quite a few games popular in other genres. PES is one of them.
While EA’s FIFA is certainly the most popular football game out there – reaping benefits of being able to license the name of FIFA – PES certainly offers some real competition to FIFA.
The game is a natural evolution over PES 2016 and offers several improvements to the gameplay mechanics.
The AI has been overhauled and is now called Adaptive AI; the enemy team will now learn your moves and react accordingly – if you use the same strategy too many times, you are going to have a hard time executing it successfully.
There’s also a few improvements to the physics – especially the ball physics – and the team & player characteristics. Each player of each team plays differently – and you can feel this in their movement while playing the game.
The game was released yesterday for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC via Steam – it has received favorable reviews from the critics so far; Konami has also released a free trial, and although it is called a trial, it feels more like a demo.
The trial is available for free, and has no time limits – you can play it for however long you want, which is what makes it more like a demo. It features nine licensed teams, here’s the list:
- Atlético Madrid
- Boca Juniors
- River Plate
Of course, to play a match, you need a venue; the trial version gets access to two Arenas: Camp Nou and Neu Sonne. The PS3 and Xbox 360 trial versions also get exclusive access to the KONAMI stadium.
The trial will also give you access to training – but only to the Skill training part of it. As for the PES League – you can play that, but you might be paired with players who own the game.
The game is available now for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC via Steam – you can find the game at their respective stores, for your regional pricing.
The trial is also available on all platforms, from the same stores.