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Twenty Years Of Balls: PES 2016 Revealed

Kick it!

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.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.