Pro Evolution Soccer 2014
|a game by||PES Productions|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 1 vote|
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|See also:||Soccer Games, Pro Evolution Soccer Games, Sport Games|
Konami had a lot to live up to with Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. The previous game really nailed the formula, but with this game, Konami changed to a new engine which was the first time this had happened in quite some time. It marked a notable improvement in some areas, but some other areas felt like they were starting to get a tad on the stale side.
Becoming The Master
As you would expect from a PES game, the main game mode is once again The Master League. The thing is in Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, it is pretty much unchanged from what came the year before. Yes, getting new players and building your team into an absolute dynasty is fun. However, the visual presentation and the mode itself feel like they have not seen any meaningful upgrades in quite some time. As a result, this year’s Master Ligue mode loses its appeal way quicker than it has before in my opinion.
Life’s A Pitch!
On the pitch, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 builds upon what last year's excellent game did. The way the ball moves has been given a great deal of attention and this makes things even more skill based. The passing game in PES 2014 in comparison to FIFA 14 is just leaps and bounds more polished. Making key passes is not just about quickly tapping the pass button, it is about having the vision to see an opening before it is even there. As well as this, players have a much closer control over the ball so dribbling feels fantastic, and more skillful players are just a joy to dribble with.
Show Me Your License
At this point, it feels harsh to rag on Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for its lack of licenses, but let’s face it, it is a massive issue. While there are plenty of officially licensed teams, playing as Man Blue just sucks! There are far too many major teams missing. They do still have the UEFA license so the Champions League and other main European competitions are in the game.
Beauty, But At What Cost
At the time, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 was released it was the best looking game in the series. Some of the player likenesses are just insane with how good they look. As well as the players looking better, all of the stadiums have been rebuilt and they look better and livelier than they ever have before.
The pretty visuals do come at a cost. There are frame rate skips when you take a shot and it goes wide or when a replay is happening and it is very, very noticeable. In addition to this, the menus in the game are very dated and are so uninspired. On one hand, the game looks great, but there are a few other things that just stop it from reaching its true potential.
In all, you would have to say that Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 builds upon what came before it very well. Konami did a good job with this new engine and the graphical improvements are great. However, those frame rate issues really do pull down the presentation and the fact that there are still so many missing licenses may make people still pick FIFA over this.
- I liked the way passing feels so crips and skill based
- The closer control you have over the ball is great
- Once again, they have the UEFA license
- Some of the player models look great and still hold up to this day
- Master League is starting to get rather old now
- The frame rate skips that happen during matches suck!!!