Ball Ball Ball, Footie Footie Footie: PES 2016 Demo Is Out

Actual demo screenshot.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 [official site] is not going down well. Once again, its graphics are somewhere between the PS3/X360 console version and the fancier one on PS4/Xbone, which is baffling considering how beautiful fellow FOX Engine game Metal Gear Solid V looks and runs on PC. Still, if you want a big old 3D footie game on PC, your choices are FIFA or PES, so… which will you go for?

As promised, a demo for PES 2016 arrived shortly after launch (sorry, I didn’t notice its launch on Friday because I was busy shouting at a referee) and can be found on Steam for your sampling satisfaction. Its graphics settings are turned down, mind.

The 1.5 GB download includes seven teams: Juventus; AS Roma; Bayern Munich; Corinthians; Palmeiras; Brazil; and France. You can play as any of those lot in 7 or 10-minute matches down in Juventus Stadium or Arena Corinthians, fiddling with the time and weather too if you’d like.

I have downloaded the demo, but jokes about bombwarders and FIFA parodies are long in the tooth now, and updating it to riff off Rocket League would be a sorry attempt to milk an old routine. I’m better than that, man. Instead, I simply loaded the demo to take that screenshot up top, given that people have complained the screenshots publishers Konami use on PES 2016’s page may be from the prettier PS4 version.

Given that the demo’s launcher doesn’t even support 1080p screen resolutions (Adam tells me you can edit a text file) and is locked to Low graphics quality, it is not helpful for seeing how the game looks but will show you how it plays. That screenshot is defs how the demo looks for me, though.

Update: reader ‘sirdavies’ points out he does have options for higher resolutions and settings, so who even knows what’s going on there.


  1. Pich says:

    Konami is also hiding the Steam Reviews by putting PES in a bundle by itself link to

  2. Vast_Girth says:

    When I Go See Villa, My View Is Blocked By A Concrete Pillar

  3. banananas says:

    Is that… Nicolas Cage in the screenshot?!

    • Arthur ASCII says:

      Haha yes!!!! It’s funny though, a different player, Xabi Alonso at Bayern in this game is the exact double of a Spanish builder I know (who isn’t famous like Nick Cage).

    • yan spaceman says:

      Looks rather like gay pornography starring Carlos Tevez and the invisible man.

  4. sirdavies says:

    They must have updated it in the last few hours because in my case an options menu appears before you run the game and you can change some stuff. (resolution up to 1080p and Low-Mid-High graphics setting). It looks like this: link to

    That said, taking that screenshot froze the game and my computer, so it’s not perfect.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      Huh! Must be some weird quirk with my computer – which runs MGSV perfectly in 1080p at near-max settings. Thanks. I’ll make a note.

      • Dodj33 says:

        I have same problem its not been fixed. Get this… Apparently you don’t get 1080p option on a 1080p monitor unless you turn off DPI scaling systemwide.

        Also demo was meant to come out at launch but was out 24 to 48 hrs later

        • Dodj33 says:

          Though I suppose turning off DPI just for the game in compatibility settings may work

  5. Divolinon says:

    PES 2016 is the best football game I’ve ever played. But you really should get it for PS4/Xbone, because this is just ridiculous.

    • Arthur ASCII says:

      No, because many of us are skipping the current console gen since we already have PC’s far more capable and powerful for gaming on. Maybe a few years in future yes, we might get a PS5 IF it’s better than our current PC’s but getting a ps4 now is a waste of space, time and money. I’m pretty sure the config settings and some walk-out cutscenes in last years PC PES2015 that were initially deliberately hidden and dumbed-down, simply because Sony and Microsoft obviously paid CON-ami to make the PS4/Xbone look good in comparison. Same story this year, no surprise, is it? Anyway, we fixed last years PES on PC with our own personal mods and config hacks so I don’t see why we can’t do the same again. Besides, is the PS4 version of PES2016 really moddable at all? How many licensed teams are you able to mod into your PS4 version? Our PS3 versions are more moddable!

      • Zankman says:

        What did the mods achieve for last year’s addition and what are they likely to achieve with this year’s addition?

        I personally don’t care about “ultra mega graphics” mods since my PC is starting to fall behind the current standard (and thus I’ll probably be playing on Medium), but I am curious as to what the mods do when it comes to content and gameplay.

      • CptPlanet says:

        A lot of us have gaming pcs and consoles as well. Anyway, yes, PS4 version can be modded with logos, kits etc.

    • FreeTom says:

      On the other hand, it’s good news for us owners of ex-gaming PCs that are long overdue an upgrade. Best football game ever, risible system requirements. Hurrah!

      • DanMan says:

        You do realize that you can use graphics options to decrease the details, not just turn them up, right?

    • Andy_Panthro says:

      I’ll probably be buying it on PS4, how does it compare to last years version in terms of things like MyClub, Master League and Become A Legend?

      MyClub in particular seemed like a free-to-play game packaged into an otherwise decent game, with a ridiculous grind required unless you were happy to spend real money. I’d hope that it was a bit better this time.

  6. grimdanfango says:

    What happened to regulation use of the term “foot-to-ball”? RPS really must adhere to its own protocol… such matters are important!

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      It’s a bit weird to come into a place and start picking up in-jokes started long before you arrived.

      Readers appalled that I don’t say “foot-to-ball” or use the “staring eyes” tag are welcome to imagine that I did, and smile to themselves.

      • grimdanfango says:

        Ah, worry not. I’m not really appalled, I’m just saddened to see such a fine in-joke inevitably lost to the ravages of time, and would encourage others to take up its fine mantle. Even if it does risk coming across as “copying wot that other guy dun”.

  7. aldo_14 says:

    For years – since the ISS era – I’ve been buying Konami games. But I’m starting to think of defecting to FIFA, given how Konami treat their programmers and the fact they can’t be arsed doing a full fat PC version.

    • DanMan says:

      But then FIFA has no competition whatsoever, and that can’t be good either.

  8. dahools says:

    Is this not the two thousand and sixteenth sequal of this foot to ball legacy.?