Lauded for its unrivaled gameplay experience, PES 2018 refines the soccer simulation like never before. This year's iteration features realistic game speed as developers granted users the ability to control possession with strategic dribbling. Player utilize simple stick controls to shield the ball from defenders and execute subtle moves to keep them off-balance. With Real Touch+, users control the ball with their entire body in order to adjust to an unpredictable ball flight. With the new FK and PK system, along with the new option to choose a one playoff kickoff, this top soccer franchise refined every aspect of the gameplay.
STUNNING NEW GRAPHICS AND VISUALS:
The best in class just got that much better. All of the nuances of the game are masterfully portrayed in this version from the minute details of stadium lighting for day and night matches as well as the pitch turfs and stadium tunnels. Thanks to Real Capture, developers recreated more than 20,000 detailed components that were captured at Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park. Player models have been overlaid in spiffy new environments along with extensive animations added to the already stellar repertoire. Everything from uniform fitting to body tatoos have garnered special attention.
With a refreshed user-interface for all menus, real player images for gameplan and myClub screen, as well as a revamped in-game presentation, PES brings a broadcast quality experience to your console.
PES LEAGUE INTEGRATION: Take advantage of new modes including myClub, Random Selection Match and Online co-op to create endless hours of entertainment.
ONLINE CO-OP: PES 2018 is hopping on the co-op wave by allowing players to join up in either 2-v-2 or 3-v-3 co-op play with support for local guests. This mode gives players the ability to play alongside friends on their couch, or start online matches against players of all levels in the online community.
NEW MODES: A wildly popular mode in last year's version, Random Selection Match enable players to enjoy go inside the life of a manager in the Master League and go behind the scenes for pre-match interviews and locker room speeches.
Strategic Dribbling-Users can use the stick controls to play keep-away from defenders and break ankles with jaw-dropping moves.
Control Improvement- Control mechanics have been reworked so attackers can make split-second moves and control the ball in space with ease while creating separation.
Physicality Representation-While other versions allowed stronger players to out-muscle users for the ball, the intelligent ball control levels the playing field for everyone by utilizing subtle moves to maintain possession of the ball.
Full Body Touch-Whether you flick on a header or settle down a knuckling ball with your chest, player models use every body component to keep the ball in play and in their possession.
Opposition Awareness- AI has been completely overhauled so that players receiving passes are more aware of their surroundings and ball possession isn't as easy to change hands.
NEW SET PIECES
Corner Kick/Free Kick- New camera angles and control improvements allow for more natural control and for players to set the timing and execution of plays.
Penalty Kick-This revamped new system hearkens back to prior versions where risk and reward factors for shooters and keepers create a dramatic football environment.
Kick off-New one person kickoff added, so users can change to 2 players at the press of a button.
AUTHENTIC PLAYER MODELS-PES 18 recreates impeccably accurate player models by using real life scanning data.
ANIMATION REWORK- Developers built this facet of the game from the foundation up as they went back to the basics to polish such movements as walking, turning and body posture.
HUMAN MOTION- Player movements mock real-life players from the second they emerge from entrance tunnel to the postgame celebrations.
FACIAL EMOTION-Gamers can now feel the emotion of the game following a triumphant win or an agonizing defeat.
GOALKEEPERS– The last line of defense will now have a variety of throwing motions to get the ball back in play as well as some new dazzling save animations.
New cutscenes have been incpororated including for foul calling and substitution as well as a special animated sequence for when a player notches a hat-trick.
REAL LIGHTING – Through studying partner home stadiums of Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park, the finest details including players emerging from the tunnels during day and night games and the shadows on the pitch have been masterfully incorporated into the presentation.
LOCKER ROOMS – The presentation goes behind the scenes to capture the pregame and postgame hubbub in the locker rooms to add to the realism of the game.
CROWD–The party in the stands is only secondary to the on-pitch action as the improved visuals enhance the atmosphere for users.
Online Co-op (PS4, Xbox One and PC only)
COMPETE ALONGSIDE FRIENDS:
New Mode Supports- 3v3 and 2v2 allowing you to play with your friends or other users to compete against players from around the world.
PLAY WITH YOUR STYLE – Users can custom tailor a match to automatically pair them with a matched player or create a clan of highly skilled players to shoot for the top ranks.
COUCH CO-OP – Play with up to 2 local guests and as many as 3 total user controlled players on the same team to play online co-op matches.
FULL MODE INTEGRATION –
From MyClub and PES League Users can enjoy 3v3 action.
PES League (PS4, Xbox One, PC and PS3 only)
VARIETY IN MATCH CATEGORIES –
Competitions will be held across categories and not in standard 1v1, but myClub, 3v3 and Random Select Mode. Players can enjoy PES LEAGUE with anyone!
PLAYER STAT BALANCING –
This feature permits all teams to have the same average rating for you to win with the team that you truly support.
PES LEAGUE INTERGRATION- Compete in the eSports Competition with myClub
SCOUT AUCTION IMPROVEMENT –
New functions include: a database to find a specific type of player you want, history on past auction results and reservation functions for final round bids.
myClub Online CO-OP- Assemble your co-op team with your squad and include your friends.
CHALLENGES- At the onset of the season, players will be provided a set of challenges and objectives according to the state of their club, which are pertinent to achieve if users want to keep their job as manager.
PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENTS – Play in tune-up matches against the elite teams before the season gets underway.
TRANSFER SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT–New elements were added including release fees in player contracts to challenge user's contract management skills.
IMPROVED PRESENTATION – New main menu design throughout PES 18 along with inclusion of pre-match interviews and pre and post game locker room scenes.
Random Select Mode
Fans asked and now they'll receive. There are now more ways to play with new presentation features. Users define the criteria of players they want and play with said players on their team.
TRADE SYSTEM – Once players are signed, users can begin to negotiate for player exchanges or block a player they don't want traded depending on what best suits the team.
MENUS – Every menu has been reworked to adapt to modern layouts including the HUD display to create a broadcast feel.
REAL LIFE PHOTOS – Real player images have been added to the gameplan and in-match
stats display to create an even more lifelike experience for users.
The rich get richer. PES 2018 builds on it's realistic gameplay with refined control mechanics and more polished visuals including player models, crowd reactions and player celebrations. This year's version takes the presentation to new heights by covering everything from pregame interviews to post-match antics and festivities. The fluidity of gameplay is first in class as players are transported onto the pitch for an unparalleled experienced for soccer fans and gamers.
The visual makeover, while impressive, is not earth-shattering. Animations are smooth and the greatest improvement for gameplay is a more heightened awareness and AI for players receiving passes and maintaining ball control. PES 2018 doesn't make wholesale changes to last year's version, but the attention to detail in this installment helps solidify it as the top soccer gaming franchise on the market.
Developers didn't try to reinvent the wheel as they refined PES 2017 with a variety of new on-field animations including the ability to play the ball off a players chest, stomach or thigh, while the depth of game modes received a nice jolt in the arm as well.
The myClub mode forces players to think like a general manager as their charged with handling everything from player contracts to blocking and granting player transfer. All of the game modes have been fully integrated so players can enjoy 3v3 co-op action in virtually any mode.
PES 2018 leaves no stone unturned as players looking to compete in eSports with myClub have that added capability as well. Even the HUD and main menu overhaul create a nice touch for the franchise. From the second players emerge from the stadium tunnels to the moment the final whistle is blown, the realism in presentation and gameplay is a sight to behold. The only thing missing from this year's installment, and likely this was purposeful, is an arcade mode for casual gamers who want a break from the intense simulation-type action and prefer a version with more frenzied action where the rules are thrown out the window.
All things considered, PES 2018 already leaves the FIFA franchise in the dust as it checks all the boxes for gamers and critics alike. A truly all-around wonderful experience for gamers, PES 2018 once against establishes itself as the premier soccer gaming title that is head and shoulders above the competition.
OVERALL SCORE: 9.3