This may come as a surprise to many, it is true, the word is out on the next iteration of this football series. With E3 around the corner in June, it only makes sense that the guys at PES start building the hype for the series that’s been trying to claw itself back into the hearts of its once very loyal and die-hard football fans.
Lets start by saying this franchise has lost its way during the launch of PES 2009 and remained unrecognizable up until the release of the release of PES 2015. Although there was some glamour of hope in the PES 2013 edition, it still lacked some very key elements of which I will not go into. Then came PES 2016, this was the most impressive version of the franchise and it got lots of awards from Gamescom. It looked like the PES series was back and it was only this time with online match issues and some very bad update schedules but regardless, it was a very good game to play and have fun with.
One thing I will applaud Konami and the PES Team for is that since the 2015 to 2016 release of the game, they seem to be improving; learning from their mistakes and listening to the voice of the PES Community (fans passionate about the franchise). Which is why I am kind of optimistic about what to expect from the newly announced PES 2017 and the guys at Konami have hinted on some key features to look out for:
See how different players control the ball in unique and different ways based on where and how you control them, dictating the flow of the game based on how they react to the unpredictable movement of the ball.
Combining Real Touch and real ball physics, passing is an art form in PES 2017. Many factors determine the speed and accuracy of the ball. The pass that is made on the best situation and timing will generate a perfect trajectory, creating a great satisfaction when a killer pass is made
For the first time in a football game, the AI will learn how you play! Player and team behaviour has always been a staple of the PES series, and for PES 2017 Adaptive AI will change sports games forever.
Keepers see a great jump in quality through added motions and animations, creating the most agile keepers in PES history. Attacking moments will be more dramatic than ever, bringing the best feeling of achievement when that goal is scored.
Total Team Control
Users can instantly change the attacking and defending mentality of the team, which can be tweaked and carefully controlled with simple controls, being able to immediately react to the unpredictability of the sport.
Natural Player Movement
Hundreds of new animations have been added to bring the players and goalkeepers to life – but it doesn't stop there. New features such as Real Touch and Precise Pass see huge benefit, giving a vast array of movements when trapping and passing the ball.
Strategies that are quite individually defined such as Tiki-taka and Tight Marking that is strongly based on team ideology can be set in Advanced Instructions, which adds a huge variety in how you plan to win.
Corner Kick Strategies
Control the defensive strategies on a set piece, such as marking zonal or Man to Man. Offensive options also included such as specific player movement.
For PES 2017 the visuals have seen a major upgrade, offering Authentic Visuals thanks to the further incorporation of Fox Engine. Nothing has been left untouched, from player models, lighting, crowds, pitch and stadiums totally revamped. Never has a game looked so real.
In total, there are 17 new features to look out for in this upcoming iteration of the PES franchise. That said, we have to hold our breaths till E3 2016 taking place in June for more on actual gameplay and live feed from the event floor. Remember that “THE PITCH IS OUR”, do check back with us for more updates on PES 2017. Till then, just RESET and GAME ON!!
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