Twenty Years Of Balls: PES 2016 Revealed

If Pro Evolution Soccer were a person, it could legally buy alcohol and pornography, pawn its possessions, and join the army, and wouldn’t be far off adopting a child – and that’s just my Friday night. Jokes. The ball-kicking series turns twenty this year, and Konami are talking this year’s edition up more than they usually do.

The announcement of PES 2016 [official site] includes a list of features as long as Cristiano Ronaldo’s theatrical dives [I’ve tried a football joke there – could you tell?], from more control over aerial battles and 1v1 situations to new Fox Engine-powered fanciness like dynamic weather.

Every annualised sports game talks up every change to their latest version as if it’s the best thing to happen to football since Fat Les [I did it again] but that sure is a mighty impressive list. It sounds like they’re giving a lot more control over situations that’d usually be handled more crudely, creating more opportunities for skill and finesse. To my ball-blind eyes, anyway. The heck do I know? But:

“Performing a tackle at the perfect time will powerfully shove the player out of the way to secure the ball. The ball will immediately be yours, creating direct turnarounds and counter opportunities.”

Tell me this isn’t a parry/counter system for football. I do understand shoving.

PES 2016 is due on September 18th. Have an announcement trailer.


  1. gunny1993 says:

    Will this be like FIFA and have DLC football arenas set in Qutar and Russia?

  2. kwyjibo says:

    Their marketing should really put front and centre the fact that no money was paid to FIFA.

    • Faldrath says:

      I kinda wonder if the current scandal will impact Fifa’s sales, and if so, by how much. And whether EA has said/will say anything about it.

      • pilouuuu says:

        They should probably rename it. Something like EA Football. Or would that be even worse?

  3. Zankman says:

    PES is still just “sad” for me. FIFA isn’t perfect and could be improved heavily in many areas, however, PES for a long, long while has just been… Ugh.

    So much about the game just screams “Japan” or “2004-era console game” – elements of the design, the game modes, the menus, the music…

    And, unlike in the glory days, the current gameplay may be realistic but it just isn’t *fun*. It’s so “off”, there is something just not right about.

    Add to that the poor game modes, aforementioned weirdness of design, trademark lack of… trademarks and, well, you’ve got just an unappealing game that even “hardcore PES 4/5/6 players” wouldn’t like.

    • Smoky_the_Bear says:

      Yeah, PS2 Pro Evo was the pinnacle of a football game, I played a recent one, it’s so complex it just ruins all the fun, it’s like since the early Pro Evo’s they’ve felt the need to add more and more tricks and mechanics and now learning all of that is just a chore rather than the wonderful pass and shoot fluency of the earlier ones.

      Also Pro Evo itself is only 15 years old. I’m guessing the 20 year anniversary is including ISS which preceded it though.

    • tiltaghe says:

      well my 2 cents: they are doing great. As a relentless player of the psOne/PS2 games, I very much like PES 2015 and I’m hopeful about this one. The transition towards the Fox Engine was already done last year and now I’m sure they are really going to exploit it. This engine seems crazy powerful, not only in terms of graphics but also calculations. Konami can thanks Kojima goddamn!

      • Andy_Panthro says:

        I’ve been playing PES2015, and only really picked that over FIFA because I’d played ISS/Pro Evo in years past. It still feels very similar, which I would suggest is a good thing because I felt right at home with it.

        The online stuff is guff, the whole MyClub business. Much better to play the various single-player modes or play with your friends.

      • luckystriker says:

        I fully agree with tiltaghe. I’ve been playing PES / WINNING ELEVEN since the early 2000s and PES 2015 is tremendous fun, coming closer to the awesome PES games of the mid-2000s than at any time in the last 7-8 years. If PES 2016 can improve on the gameplay of PES 2015 in a meaningful way, I believe we’ll have a classic on our hands.

  4. pilouuuu says:

    Fox Engine: Oh yeah!

  5. king0zymandias says:

    Still no cloth simulation? I thought this is 2015. The rigid shorts look so horrible. Pretty much every recent game I’ve played has had some form of cloth simulation. They don’t even need to simulate all of the clothing, just the shorts and possibly the sleeves of the shirts. Bullet and PhysX are both free, with their source code available for everyone to use. I really can’t see any reason as to why they are not trying to implement them.

  6. Slabs says:

    I’m assuming Neymar is the cover star? If so why have they made his face look all bloated and sweaty?

  7. DanMan says:

    Let’s see how much of that actually ends up on PC this time…

    Btw. PES 2015 is still 15€ right now on Steam. Come on Konami… Make it 10 and I’ll bite.

  8. jrodman says:

    Will I be able to make my players romance other players?