PES 2015 elevates on-field realism with the aim of recreating the drama and tension associated with vital matches. PES 2015 marks a concerted return to core PES values of total control, utterly responsive controls and unrestricted gameplay, where the user has complete control over how they play. Evert pass, shot or run is finely balanced to give maximum player satisfaction within PES 2015’s on-field action.
This is PES 2015 preview... but from the perspective of a FIFA fan. Usually, I try not to publish articles with such a personal perspective, but forgive me this small exception.
My relationship with Pro Evolution Soccer started years ago. It all began on SNES, passed on to the N64, and it blossomed on the earlier PlayStation platforms. However, like many other players, in the last generation I crossed the great console divide and now I play my football with EA Sports and their FIFA franchise.
It's not that PES was bad necessarily, but FIFA has improved so much over the years until, it was hard to ignore, and eventually it took over. Thus, it is difficult for me to classify or evaluate PES 2015 compared to previous, recent editions of the game. Do not worry however, when the final review is written it'll be by a PES specialist. But for now, I would like to share with you my impressions of PES 2015 ... as coming from a FIFA fan.
The delay of the PES demo was a bad day for PES fans, but happily, I had the opportunity to play several matches during a special hands-on demo of the game (which included countries, instead of clubs) at a recent event. (You can still play the demo should you wish, head here for more details.)
In recent years the transition when jumping between FIFA to PES has been somewhat difficult for me, weird even. This wasn't the case this time around. Don't be alarmed: PES didn't become a clone of FIFA overnight, but when playing PES I simply tried to play football, and football's exactly what I got.
Like many of you, I don't know how it compares with PES 2014, but this version of PES 2015 for PS4 gave me the best experience I have had with the series in several years. I loved the way the passing game worked, responding well to the indicated direction and strength placed on each pass. Through balls seemed to work particularly well (although sometimes, perhaps they were a little too effective). It's a situation that requires further consideration when we get our hands on the final version, as it may create some imbalance... but even so, the passing seemed to me considerably better than how I remembered it.
Specifications of Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Xbox One)
What's in the box:
- 1 x Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Xbox One)