Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
PES finally finds the balance between stout sim and accessible arcade, but a poor port cast shadow on an otherwise great game.
PES's legacy problems remain, but the football itself has never been better.
Pro Evolution Soccer is finally back to its best, in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest sports games of all-time.
A few minor issues aside, once again, Konami has delivered when it comes to the gameplay. Not only is PES 2016 a high point for the series, it's the best football game I've ever played.
If you like soccer, football, or whatever you want to call it, you need to get this game
[T]here's little worth in assessing soccer sims by the weight of their game modes, or indeed, the breadth of their official licences. All that truly matters is what unfolds in those virtual ninety minutes, either against a friend, an online stranger, or the computer. On that test alone, PES 2016 represents the best game in the series since the PlayStation 2 era.
For Pro Evolution Soccer, its 20th anniversary brings in 2016 with a bang. The improvements and expanded gameplay comes as a bit of a surprise. Konami is showing that their push to the top of football greatness is fully in effect. It is safe to say PES 2016 is one of the best sports releases to the genre in recent years.
An utterly essential purchase. PES 2016 is the best there is, and the best there's been in a very long time.
None of these problems keep PES 2016 from being the greatest football game of all time. The question is no longer whether PES can catch FIFA, and in truth hasn't been for a while. Instead, it's the other way around, and may well be for years.
Konami has made the years-long derby with EA interesting again, posing a stunning comeback with its latest effort.