PES is back with the 2017 version and I've managed to go hands on with the demo. So far, I've love what I've seen.
One of the first things I noticed about PES 2017 is that the presentation seems to have been upped a notch. Having chosen Barcelona to play against Arsenal, the first sight was a birds eye view of a fan packed Nou Camp Stadium, before the game switched to the tunnel to show off the impressive player likeness that you'll come to expect from this year's game.
As soon as the action kicks off, this impressive demo continues to show why this year PES 2017 could be the football game to beat. After just a few kicks of the ball you'll notice more animations, more fouls, and superb graphics. The football seems much slicker than ever before, with teammates making great runs to find space for a pass, although this is countered by the intelligent defenders who'll more often than not be one step ahead. Use a bit of innovative thinking and you can pick teams apart with one touch football and score some fantastic goals, although like I say, you'll need to think quick, because the defenders certainly seem to.
Thankfully, shooting seems to have been improved, offering better accuracy and more variety of shots, so that will help should you get past the defenders. Of course you'll still need to hope that you can get the ball in the net, since you'll still have the much improved keepers to beat. Goalkeepers still seem to be prone to the odd error or two as you'll see in our video, however, more often than not they are pretty strong and hard to beat; I wouldn't want them to be perfect anyway, let's face it - that's football!
As far as the sound goes, it's pretty deafening at times, with fans singing and chanting as the game is about to start, followed by it all dying down a little, with all that's left being a dim chant and the sound of the ball being kicked around the hugely impressive arena. Of course the noise soon ramps up again when you score a goal or if there is a foul, but at times it feels like practically no-one is there, which having been to my share of football matches, is perhaps intentional, especially when things aren't going the home teams way.
With more licensed teams than ever and all manner of tactical options during a match, such as the ability to take short corners, spring the offside trap and send your attacker through on goal with a quick through ball, we've barely scratched the surface of what the demo offers, never mind the full game. We'll dig into the full game in the future, but for now, make sure you download and try this demo, you won't regret it.
PES 2017 arrives on September 15 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.