FIFA has been dominating the soccer simulation market recently, mostly due to their incredibly realistic gameplay. PES has been hailed as the new generation in sport simulation after their PES6 release, but it seems like Konami has focused all their strengths towards their NBA 2K releases in the past couple of seasons.
It seems like the Japanese developer finally realized how they can lose the market to Electronic Arts and their FIFA series, after all the Canadian based developing company has completely forfeited their NBA live series and focused all their hours on this project, so it’s very probably that we can expect a increased competition between the two giants in the world of simulated soccer this year.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 expects its release date on September 15 in North America and September 17 in Europe for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Neymar from Barcelona will be the cover star of the release, which as the development team stated plans to go a little bit old-school when it comes to the gameplay. The platform will still be based on the FOX Engine, but some mechanic details and the Master League itself will see significant improvements.
Soccer fans were very upset with the level of AI and some gameplay glitches in PES 15, so this was one of the focus points in this year’s release. Collisions between two players, both in air and on the ground, have been improved and you’ll notice how the defensive and offensive reactions when you play one-on-one are faster.
This gives the player an advantage in certain situations when they have a stronger player in control, which is very noticeable in duels on the defensive end where you can now push players on the side with a clean tackle and start a counter attack with your defense line.
Goalkeeper AI has been attacked by many experts in the niche as one of the lowest in recent history, so it’s only natural that Konami added goalkeeping attributes like catching, clearance, collapsing and deflecting. The role of sweeper-keeper is also available, mainly because of the style of play Manuel Neuer has.