Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 74 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 74 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Sep 15, 2017

A timely overhaul that should take a great game to new heights - though it's not quite on peak form this year.

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God is a Geek
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 11, 2017

PES 2018 is the silkiest and smoothest looking football game I've ever played, with textures and player animation integrated perfectly. The pitches are gorgeous – as are the stadiums, and the rate at which the game moves, and blends player reactions after a shot or goal celebration is seamless.

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VideoGamer
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 11, 2017

A lot has gone into changing how the game is played in PES 2018. The more measured approach is wonderful, as is Real Touch+. That's why the parts that need an upgrade stick out more than they have in years.

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Scored Reviews

PSX Brasil
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 22, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is not just a simple soccer game, it is THE soccer game. The graphics are impressive and realistic, and a great number of teams that you can choose will guarantee many hours of fun, either online or offline. If the lack of license makes some players turn their back on it, it is the perfect and most close to reality gameplay that makes PES 2018 the best soccer game ever created.

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IGN
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2017

Whether playing online or off, there's a huge amount to do here and a huge amount to love about it. Put the effort in and you're repaid with a genuine sense of satisfaction and a feeling of real accomplishment. Once again, PES has set an incredibly high level of quality for other sports games to try and match.

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Oct 23, 2017

Overall, what PES 2018 lacks in authenticity, it more than makes up for in gameplay. Bettering its predecessor on the pitch, PES 2018 is another fantastic entry in the series.

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Life is Xbox
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2017

Konami has done it again, they made a perfect football game even more perfect. The ball control feels even more accurate, animations are the best in the gaming scene, visually the game looks really beautiful and the overall presentation has been improved too. Football fans that like tactical and realistic play should buy PES 2018 IMMEDIATELY!

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IGN Italy
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

PES 2018 is almost a carbon copy of the 2017 edition... until the start of the match. Konami has improved the gameplay in every possible way. It's a pity that game modes and options at this point more than dated.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

PES 18 is a sublime football game and will forever more having you say “one more game"

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JVL
18 / 20
JVL
Malcolm89

Top Critic

18 / 20
Sep 11, 2017

Everything we have seen since the announcement of this 2018's edition, is in the final version which will release this week. Konami has always mastered the graphic aspect of his title and really improves the technical part, although the management of contacts between players needs to be improved. Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 marks the beginning of a new era for the franchise, and we hope that Konami will be more reactive to transfers and that the atmosphere will improve in the future. Let it be said, the title is not here to play as an extra, but wants to make an impression with a long awaited revolution. PES 2018 restores the franchise's reputation.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

Not only is Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 the best football game in terms of graphics, it is the best I have experienced in terms of gameplay. The level of detail and player likenesses create a game that comes as close to you'll get to the real thing. There are still a few minor issues with presentation, and perhaps a few more changes could have been made to Master League and Become a Legend, but I'm clutching at straws here. The gameplay is near perfection, the AI and goalkeepers are improved, Konami have added further licenses to their product, and the graphics are amazing. Hopefully the servers are ready for online and with just a few minor presentation improvements to be improved on, PES really has set the bar of what a football game should be.

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Leadergamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 18, 2017

If you are a football fan but you are horrified by the last year's game, you can buy PES 2018 without thinking.

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Cerealkillerz
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 returns to old strength with a solid portion of realism and a phenomenal visual presentation. The AI could be a bit better on the defense and also the tactical menu in-game feels kinda outdated but besides that fans of soccer simulations will get the series again at their best.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 17, 2017

Konami have upped their game again. Your move EA.

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GRYOnline.pl
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017

The new edition of PES does not offer a revolution. But you need to remember that Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 doesn’t need one – it’s a great sporting game that just got a little better. Ball control improvement and additions in Master League are welcome, but the small number of licenses is not (as usual). But all in all it’s still a very good game.

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SA Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

The best football game FIFA fans have never played. Period.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

At times it seems indistinguishable from last year's game, but the slower play speed and improved controls work well and make this the best PES yet.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

While it doesn't address some longstanding degradation of ingenuity in certain areas, PES 2018 provides the best pure football found in a videogame, and the additions it has made only amplify that.

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GamePro
89 / 100
89 / 100
Sep 16, 2017

On the pitch Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is the undisputed football king, but around that there is too much stagnation.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

The new gameplay changes and additions mean PES continues to be a great experience. The Master League, however, needs to take a similar step forward

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Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2017

PES 2018 is a solid performer in the world of football games, recapturing the wonderful game as it so often does. There’s, as always, room for improvement, especially on the aesthetic side of things, but with the gameplay as good as it is, with those incredible player likenesses and smooth animations.

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Atomix
87 / 100
87 / 100
Sep 16, 2017

A great new entry for this legendary soccer series.

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IGN Spain
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

PES 2018 almost reaches perfection in gameplay, but its offer of licenses and game modes is still not enough for an outstanding overall.

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Generación Xbox
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

PES 2018 it's the confirmation that the franchise of Konami is evolving into the total football, with a gameplay that captures amazingly the details of this sport, and where the stars, the players, are astonishing real with a photorealistic style. It's a shame the lack of licences, but if you really care about soccer, PES 2018 should be your bet this season

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is, simply, the most realistic rendition of the beautiful game so far. While the atmosphere is lacking and game modes are in need of some improvement. Konami still desperately need to overhaul the commentary and fix the licensing issues. Fortunately, the on-pitch action more than makes up for any problems you may encounter.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

PES 2018 is an exceptionally successful simulation of the football match. Better physics of the ball, the better physics of the players and slowing down the match came out to be a good idea. Unfortunately, it's Konami - the company had to break something.

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Zoomg
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

Konami didn't want the Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 to be a great leap forward, or a great evolution for the series. But instead they focused on making the game's strengths even better and this decision totally pays off and PES 2018 is the best in the series so far.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2017

To sum up, PES 2018 is divided into 2 sections. The first one, is related to the matches and the gameplay, where you take control of the players and start the game. In this part you'll face a magnificent aspect of a football simulation. On the other hand, the second part, which is out of the field, is where you're supposed to be amused by the modes and cases like this. But weak servers, outdated offline parts and the same old issues about the licenses has caused PES 18, not to reach it's full potential. Even by ignoring the inevitable license problem, the modes being not so amusing at all is an unforgivable matter.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

I can't recommend it enough, and I urge everyone to give it a try because it's the kind of title that can provide a lot of fun, even if you are a fan of other similar football sims. And you can't get better praise than that.

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GearNuke
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 27, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 retains its crown of offering the best gameplay in a football game this year. The lack of new content is disappointing although the improvements to the gameplay somehow make up for it.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

You definitely can't go wrong buying Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, as it plays as good as ever, but those who bought last year's game might want to wait until next year's installment if they're waiting for that next evolution. That's not to say that there aren't improvements, as the subtle tweaks and additions do add up to a better game, but these are more quality of life fixes rather than changes that'll sweep the player off their feet. Ultimately, PES 2018 is yet another great football game from Konami, but that might not be enough when they're trailing a behemoth.

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TeamNerd
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

In general we have to say that we have found ourselves in front of a clearly good and well-structured title that makes interesting changes to the past, both at the technical and gameplay level. A title that simulates his main work, leaving the game too arcade and focusing instead on a more studied and strategic game. In short, a really worthy note that we are sure will be able to hold our rival.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 picks up where the last iteration left off but fails to make the same impact. On field improvement mean PES retains top spot as best football game on the market but there's still something lacking

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Gamefa
8.5 / 10.0
Gamefa

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

PES 2018 is an amazing experience without any doubt. Sure it still has some bugs and issues - and I’m not going to lie they are a pain in the neck sometimes - but the game is still enjoyable. Konami has used the good old formula for this game again and with making some improvements they have made this game a more enjoyable experience than the last one. PES is getting better and better each year but there is still a long path ahead of them to become exactly what the fans want.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 18 is another viable competitor to EA's FIFA dominance, though the same familiar shortcomings continue to plague the franchise.

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Hobby Consolas
82 / 100
82 / 100
Sep 11, 2017

PES 2018 offers a fun and accessible game experience. The handling and the behavior of the players is impeccable, but the game modes and the technical aspects of the game have not varied significantly with respect to the previous entrance of the saga.

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Xbox Achievements
82%
82%
Sep 13, 2017

On the pitch, PES 2018 still delivers big with a footie game that remains the best around. Unfortunately a lack of anything truly innovative holds it back somewhat, as does the continuing shortage of licenses. Next year, PES needs to go big or go home.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 11, 2017

Despite minor complaints, PES 2018 is undoubtedly top-of-the-table where it counts: the pitch. This is PES back on form.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 15, 2017

The most satisfying football game ever, wrapped in a frustratingly ugly shell.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 15, 2017

PES 2018 is a great football game that delivers a fun experience across its various modes. The actual in match gameplay can be sublime and its hardly ever boring thanks to the lack of stoppages. Konami has created a real contender for this year's footballing crown, but issues like the simple nature of the commentary, and AI being a little silly at times hold it back from being proclaimed champion just yet. However, if you love your football then PES 18 is well worth picking up.

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IGN Middle East
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

PES 2018 feels similar to previous iterations with a few modifications here and there, most notably slowing down the game's speed. On the field, the game succeeds in presenting its own gameplay style that relies on realism, planning, and strategizing rather than just a general advance towards the goal. The game suffers outside the field however, as its game modes are not as popular as those of its competitor especially the Ultimate Team mode, and it does not shine in terms of UI, commentating, or audience interaction. The biggest problem remains is the lack of licenses for some of the major international teams.

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Telegraph
Sep 18, 2017

When you reach a peak in performance, as Pro Evolution Soccer has done over the past few years, there is always the danger of diminishing returns.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 18, 2017

With its peppy presentation and new lick of paint, Konami has breathed even more life into PES with its latest instalment, a celebration of everything thrilling about football. Gameplay is exciting and technical, and the selection of modes varied and replayable to the point where it's hard to see where the franchise will go next - except for fixing some major flaws in Master League and adding some more licenses. Fans of the series need not Pjanic: PES 2018 continues the series' goal-den streak.

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TrueAchievements
Sep 23, 2017

It's a solid jumping-on point if you're new to the series, but seasoned veterans may find too few improvements to justify the price.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 10, 2017

Unfortunately, a small number of licenses prevent the game from becoming truly perfect, but Pro Evolution Soccer is primarily loved and appreciated for its deep gameplay. And this aspect in PES 2018 is great.

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M3
8 / 10
M3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 19, 2017

On the pitch, PES 2018 is almost perfect. But as always, the lack of licenses is a bit of a let down. If you can look past that, it is a must-buy.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 11, 2017

Some notable adjustments make PES 2018 a lovely football game that feels comfortable to play and realistic from the very first match. New animations, better physics and responsiveness are, with the fact that it is quite challenging, what makes it a fun simulation that has to be considered for this season.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2017

While the same issues of bland presentation, a lack of in-game atmosphere, and licensing inconsistencies return once again in PES 2018, if you're looking for a football game that plays close to perfectly, offering you the control to be precise with every touch of the ball, Konami's game is comfortably the best option around.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 20, 2017

While the list of off-field changes is more than limited, PES 2018 improves upon the in-match action of last year's title enough to get by and remain at the top of the footballing table.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is the perfect football game on the pitch, but flounders off the pitch. It offers a lot of value to the franchise agnostic but might not be compelling enough to warrant the annual purchase.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

PES 2018 is not without its flaws, many of which will both frustrate and disappoint you, but its excellent on-pitch gameplay helps it overcome most of those hurdles and come out the other side an extremely enjoyable football sim.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 18, 2017

All in all, the line on the graph that is PES' progression as a series has gone up with Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

PES 2018 improve a lot gameplay, animations and feeling during the game. Despite for the squad licence and the single player experience, still less attractive than the other big football game.

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Game Debate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2017

PES 2018 is Konami's classic back at its strongest on PC, and the small changes to the feel of the gameplay have genuine ramifications on the pitch. It might lack the big budget feel of FIFA, most keenly felt in the match atmosphere, commentary and the lack of TV-like production values, but it plays a damn fine game of football.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 17, 2017

PES 2018 is a highly refined package, offering plenty of incentive for the existing fanbase and new fans alike, especially through the introduction of three-vs-three and Random Selection mode. The visuals and animations are much improved, with less jarring transitions, more animated players, and a far greater level of detail in the crowds and stadiums. All this raises the general presentation standard significantly, putting it on the same level as FIFA or thereabouts. While the gameplay has mostly changed for the better through a host of minute changes that add up to something more than the sum of their parts, the only shame is that rebalancing always seems to put something else out of whack - in this case the keepers' quite dodgy behaviour, which can ruin the fun. It's very 'two steps forward and one step back,' but still represents a big pragmatic leap forward, since they have thought outside the box about how to attract more football fans. Three-vs-three is a huge success, and there's no doubt it will be responsible for many converts.

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LevelUp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

PES 2018 is a solid football experience but realism on the pitch can't make up for the lack of added value, general innovation, licenses and design flaws forever. The clock is ticking and PES is evolving too slowly by today standards.

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Sports Gamers Online
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

All in all, PES 2018 is a very good game. It has less of a wow-factor than the competition, but it scores with realistic gameplay, solid game modes, and a good presentation. PES is not a perfect game and the great gameplay is a bit flawed by the excessive flamboyance of the players, but the overall feel of the title won't make you regret the dollars spent.

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Sporting News
Sep 28, 2017

All the pieces are there with "Pro Evolution Soccer 2018" but it feels as though many fall a little short of their full potential. "PES" is still a champion on the pitch where it matters most, but the series continues to fight an uphill battle in terms of licensing and feature set.

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Digiato
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 17, 2017

PES 2018 is yet another progressive game in this long-running series that wows us with its changes. The gameplay hasn’t been this fun since PES 2013 and graphics are simply stunning. That said, Konami needs to get more aggressive and competitive with EA Sports and FIFA series and with current pace, it’s just impossible. Maybe it's best for Konami to take a year off and rethink the most fundamental elements of PES.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 23, 2017

This year's version of PES have finally managed to offer some fun and smooth football gameplay and challenge FIFA over the best soccer simulation crown. PES 2018 still hugely suffers from lack of licenses for many teams and players, but if you want to experience the fun side of football, PES 2018 is your choice.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2017

Apart from some serious goalkeeper issues, PES 2018's gameplay is on par with last year's edition and is still as thrilling, if not even more so. The dated presentation, however, continues to hold it back - it needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into this decade sooner rather than later.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

PES 2018 is a very solid entry into the Football Gaming Genre and it ticks 90% of the boxes for me. So it's on its way to being a great game. I just can't seem to overlook the very simple things that Konami just haven't done to get over that line for it to be a classic in my opinion. It is a very enjoyable and addictive game (which is the main thing). I think people will get a lot of playtime out of it, but will be very annoyed by the same issues that seem to plague every PES release (Goalkeepers, Commentry etc.). As well as the amount of things that are identical to the 2017 release (which is much cheaper).

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 8, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is a terrific game and Konami have definitely scored a cracker here. It may not have the shine, the names, or the good commentary that FIFA has, but the challenging, rewarding and impressive tweaks to the AI and gameplay really do make PES2018 the most realistic and enjoyable football games on the market right now.

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PC Gamer
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 20, 2017

The definitive PES on PC, if you can get a game online.

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Forbes
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

Were this review based purely on gameplay, the score would be much higher. As a complete package, PES 2018 is good, but still incomplete.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

This is the best Pro Evolution Soccer of the last years and it guarantees hours and hours of entertainment online or with your friends. However, its wonderful graphics are not enough to compensate the lack of licenses and the lack of innovation in some game modes.

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EGM
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is one of the most solid (yet least flashy) sports sims on the market. Every year, PES seems to further carve out its own identity and plant a flag for players who want a deeper, less forgiving, and yet somehow more familiar soccer-playing experience. Everything in PES 2018 is earned, and while some of it still could use some polish, it continues to take steps forward. How long it can withstand the tidal wave of FIFA's recent successes and licensing dominance, however, remains to be seen.

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New Game Network
72 / 100
72 / 100
Sep 21, 2017

PES 2018 still plays a solid game of soccer, but is unable to carry on the momentum built up with last year's good outing. A few gameplay stumbles let down what is otherwise a largely unchanged experience.

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Bazimag
7.2 / 10.0
Bazimag
Ashkan Farjadi
7.2 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

When it comes to soccer, Konami’s PES is always one of the best games in the market! However, since the first PES released, it has been through a lot of up-and-downs. Luckily now, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is A1! It benefits from top-notch gameplay and improved controls and graphics, yet it lacks licensed clubs and suffers from some technical issues.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 19, 2017

Currently, I'm unconvinced by Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. It has all the trademarks of what a great footballing game should be, but sloppy presentation, jerky in-game transitions, poor commentary and a lack of exciting multiplayer modes leave this one still trailing FIFA's dust.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 15, 2017

The end-to-end gameplay of Pro Evolution Soccer is a double-edged sword. It's the reason it's so exciting to play – goal fests are, by their very nature – but it also contributes into making a game that feels unrealistic at best. And then there's Konami and its licensing troubles, which seems to further deteriorate each year.

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 offers a huge single-player content with a variety of modes that suits everyone. The realistic gameplay adds an exciting challenge for your skills, sadly though PES still suffers with the online mode not having enough players at times and not connecting properly at other times.

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COGconnected
63 / 100
63 / 100
Sep 21, 2017

PES 2018's gameplay feels incredibly random when playing against the AI, and it's incredibly frustrating to have to deal with.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

I came into PES 2018 ready to be won over, and converted into a PES fan. Unfotunately, I came away being disappointed.

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