WeView: PES 2015

After a rather lacklustre response to FIFA’s WeView, with many commenters instead turning to Konami’s football series – PES – and championing it as the better game this year, it makes sense that we’re moving onto PES 2015 next.

Arguably a more realistic representation of the game – albeit still without key team brandings – PES 2015 was Konami’s first attempt at a football game for the new generation of consoles, after they had made the decision to keep the previous year’s release on PS3 and Xbox 360 rather than porting it up.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to review the game when it launched back last year, and our coverage was quite thin overall. Thankfully, by jumping over to Metacritic we can see that the game has an aggregated score of 82.

There were no 10/10s, but God is a Geek thought highly of the game, stating that while it doesn’t entirely reinvent the wheel, there are some “brilliant new inclusions” which help create a “truly wonderful football simulation” which is both easy to play and hard to master. They scored it an impressive 9/10.

Scoring it four stars out of five, The Telegraph described the title as “arguably the best pure representation of the sport ever made”, compared to FIFA’s impressive presentation and selection of modes. The Guardian echoed these thoughts, stating that while FIFA 15 is better as a complete package but PES 2015 is far superior “where it matters – on the pitch”. Play magazine even compared it to the world-leading football team, in a lovely turn of phrase:

The Germany of football games – intelligent, exciting, controlled, technically impressive and a world champion with a bright future. Every game feels fresh and exciting.

Some impressive reviews then, but those aren’t everything, and what really matters is your opinion – that’s what keeps this feature going, at least! So, if you’ve played the latest version of PES, why not leave a comment below – a paragraph or so – leaving your thoughts on the game. Don’t forget to put a Buy It, Sale It, Plus It, or Avoid It rating on the end!

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14 Comments

  1. Brilliant game, fluid first touch, ball control is beautiful, presentation is top notch. I have been guilty for the last 2 seasons I bern buying that other game that we ain’t here to talk about but when PSN did a sale on Pro, I onstabtky bought it, the moment I fired up the game you could feel a huge realistic difference when your player had the ball. In terms of realistic real football this is the game to be playing.

    The menu has been improved & looks a bit like that other game & the introduction of myClub a FUT like setting a nice touch & easier to get into but ain’t touched much of that yet. The A.I makes the game a challenge & as enjoyable as playing against another being

    The only downfall to pro is obviously the lack of licenses but that doesn’t hinder the game fantastic experience. The online is still a bit of a let down, could be made simple.

  2. PES 2015 is a fantastic football game and a real pleasure to play. The graphics and animations are top notch thanks in no small part to the Fox Engine. The lighting effects and player movements really bring the matches you play to life. The crowds are a definite improvement over any football game but still some way to go before crowd immersion becomes a thing.

    The gameplay is really fluid. No momentum mechanics-its straight up football where tactics can play big part in the fate of matches. You can also beat yourself. Dominate a match, lazy pass to an opposition player is all it takes. This is a truer representation of the game we love. At times you feel elated to conjure up a great performance yet feel disappointed to see yourself throw it away cheaply.

    The commentary is sub par as it always has been. Fifa do have that number on PES with Martin Tyler and other recognisable voices. The menus have been improved thankfully and there are a healthy does of modes which brings us to its online.

    The online is much improved but its myclub suffers slightly in the face of FUT. Granted its mechanics in the mode are really cool though and watching simmed online matches was also a nice feature.

    But, at launch the online was near unplayable for a week or so. Inexcusable considering it launched two months nearly after Fifa.

    But nonetheless it remains one of the best sports games out there and a very fun rewarding experience where the little idiosyncrasies of Fifa don’t apply here. Its different, not as frenetic or a rage inducing experience as Fifa. With its improvements and how it improved from PS3 to PS4 makes PES a real winner.

    Buy it and have fun.

  3. Agree with what is written before, so I won’t repeat it.. None of the scripted bullcrap of the other game.. PES is back. Buy it

  4. Also agree with the first two. Best football game there is at the moment. Even the lack of licenses can’t stop it’s return to the top. Would add that it exposes everything that is wrong with FIFA from a gameplay standpoint and I really do wish Sony would sort out their DRM to allow the use of option files on the PS4 as it is literally all that is missing. Buy it!

    • I think its been like that for years since Pes 11 its been getting better and better whilst Fifa became buggier and buggier.

      • It absolutely has been improving year on year, however I normally buy both Fifa and PES and this is the first time in years I can recall being unable to go back to FIFA after playing PES, if you know what I mean by that. It just doesn’t match up at all in a playing sense.

  5. PES 15 falls short in some places considering I liked 13 and 14 (even though that was quite a step back). The A.I is great but the goalkeeping and defending as usual is awful to me in a funny way. I find the passing to be quite weak. The stadium roster is also disappointing and again the lack of a stadium editor is mysterious considering they skipped PES 14 on next gen consoles. I tried its Ultimate Team-like mode and was beaten 7-0 was I gave up and the Brazilian league isn’t fully licensed with players. :(

    Also no park the bus or trying to keep the ball near the end of the game in every day of the English league with Man BLue v Man United, 100/10 Sale it.

  6. Buy it – End of.

  7. It looks great and plays well.

    It’s a great game, but not without significant flaws- the most blatant being the passing system. It’s far too slow, and while that’s realistic for some matches, it’s certainly not a depiction of football at its best. Teams also fail to react to the game in the same way they do in FIFA, where the players display emotions and will take the ball into the corner at the death to cling onto hard fought points.

    The UI and presentation are nothing short of terrible also- menus are still poor, and the in game commentary and replays are so bad the game would be better off with neither of them should the team somehow feel they can’t improve on them.

    Licensing is also an issue, although I think its never been less important given that FIFA’s most popular mode involves fans making up their own team in FUT.

    If you can only get one football game, I recommend FIFA. But Pro Evo hasn’t been this strong in years and is finally a good alternative again. Well worth it if you’re feeling curious, or a football fan wanting something slightly different to FIFA.

    Sale it.

  8. “Arguably a more realistic representation of the game”, to quote a wise person. Yes. Very arguable. So arguable, you couldn’t possibly fail. Without a doubt, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 provides the best recreation of an 11-a-side, association football based game of this generation. Whether it is the best football game available for home consoles and computers, well, that’s a different matter.

    I love football games, more so than I love football. As a supporter of Middlesbrough, I am well accustomed to disappointment and am quite well prepared for the inevitable end-of-season mad dash for that comfortable mid-table position (although, admittedly, this year they are doing their best to prove me wrong). As such, I relish in the opportunity to take control of a virtual Boro, and right the wrongs of history with Roy of the Rovers-esque adventures in midfield, producing glorious runs to climb the league tables, and culminate in some epic 5-1 demolition of Barcelona in a European cup final (Leadbitter with a screamer of a free kick, a Kike 6-yard tap in, a hattrick from Bamford and a consolation for Messi). Games like FIFA give me this opportunity.

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 does not.

    At least, not willingly. I have never known a meaner, more frustrating, miserable a-hole of a football game. Even as a PES fan of many years, this iteration is a particularly mean-spirited one. If you chose to “be” your favourite non-top tier team, you will never have a glorious dash through midfield, slicing the opposition in two, leaving certain Belgian centre backs frozen to the spot while you pirouette and unleash an unsaveable (if it were on target) shot at goal. You will never claw back a 2-goal deficit, break the hearts of prawn-sandwich loving toffs as you slot home a fourth to crush their team’s cup hopes. Nope, instead you’ll be made to work for every yard. Every completed pass feels like a hammered-home volley. Every tackle won feels like clean sheet. Every goal feels like a cup win. It’s a brutal, unrelenting, unforgiving game, but as such it makes every little success all the sweeter. While its shinier, more welcoming, better licensed counterpart will make you feel like a glorious, triumphant hero, for ninety percent of the time, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 will kick you in the nuts. If you don’t have nuts, it will even go to the effort give you some, for the sake of kicking them. Which is why it’s brilliant.

    Switching back to the FIFA, and its peerless presentation, forget the licensing. Moot point. If you’re playing on a PS3, download an option file. People like Glen the Magpie put their heart and soul into PES editing, year in, year out, to provide free option files that overwrite the default team setups to give you proper kits, sponsors, team names and players. For free. And Glen doesn’t even take liberties over stats for his preferred teams (although, historically, Shay Given was weirdly well-statted). If you’re playing on PS3 or 360 and you won’t play PES because of licensing, well, frankly you’re either ill-informed, or lazy. Option file. Install. Do it. Boom. Sadly, as the PS4 doesn’t have the ability to import images yet, that’s not an option, so the lack of licensing is a valid point, begrudgingly. Not sure on the XB1, as I don’t have one. That being said, EPL and Bundesliga aside, the licensing is pretty comprehensive – FIFA fans tend to stay quiet when it comes to the UEFA Champions League, I notice.

    The point of a football simulation should be to – and I’m desperately trying not to patronize here – simulate a game of football. Forget glorious cup runs. Forget that 8-1 win over Manchester City (you’d need to be some kind of superhuman for that). Forget winning the European Championship with Greece. Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 is a game that accurately represents “real” football. You will win if you have the best team. You will graft and be miserable until you have the best team. Then you will love it like it was your own – spectacularly angry – child, and cherish the growing experience you have with it. Every game mode is the same. World Cup? Be Germany, or lose. Champions League? Be Real Madrid, or Barcelona, or Bayern Munich, or lose. The ever-present Master’s League? Lose. Lose some more, cry, then lose. Occasionally, draw. There’s even a FIFA Ultimate Team-a-like MyTeam mode, where you draw random players to form a team. And lose. Almost rogue-like in nature, the FTL of football games, the joy of PES comes from the brutality of it.

    You’ll never lose because it was unfair. You’ll lose because you suck. Frankly, that’s the truth of football. Best team wins. Worst team goes home like a sissy girly girl. During all that losing, though, you’ll not be disheartened. It’s a galvanising, character-building experience. All the time Pro Evolution Soccer is enjoyable. Horrible presentation, cringeworthy commentary aside, PES plays really well, a measured, well-paced representation of a game of football. Just one that will slap you until you love it. Like I do, in all my rosy-cheeked glory.

    BUY IT.

  9. The best team winning is not the truth of football though.

    Just look at the amount of upsets in the FA Cup. Even leagues aren’t won by the best team all the time.

    Sometimes luck and improbable moments of skill wins you a treble, or let’s Bradford put four past Chelsea. The referee awards an unfair penalty United crumble under the pressure of a renewed Leicester.

    It’s those games and sheer possibilities they offer which makes the world love football. Because not just any team can be the best team. But the best team can be beaten by any team.

    Eliminating those unlikely moments is not capturing football at all, and certainly not the reason it is so loved as a sport.

    • Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to Mugsybalone. Oh well.

      • It’s okay, I figured it out. Fair points.

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