Welcome, dear football friends. In today’s discussion, ‘Action-oriented kick-jokers versus realistic tactical bolt-on’, we’ll take Konami’s Noble series Pro Evolution Soccer particularly closely under the magnifying glass. The series, which has been highly praised in professional circles, has always impressed with its realistic depiction of the most popular sport in the world – king football. But in terms of mood and licenses PES never with the worst competitor FIFA from Electronic Arts keep up. But Konami’s club president points out to our MAN!AC reporter Fiore that a lot will be different this year. So now we’re going straight to the stadium, where our reporter takes an in-depth look at Konami’s top XI ‘FC virtual authenticity’.
Hi first! First some positive news from the license agreement dispute: The Italian, Spanish and Dutch leagues have reached an agreement with Konami. All teams are playing with the correct player names – except for some transfer-related problems. So we look forward to our protagonists marching in – the audience is excited, but they don’t exude the charm and passion that we are used to in EA’s stadiums. The detailed professional players, on the other hand, resemble the human models in many respects. The fluid animations impress with a variety of subtleties: Your kickers stumble over the ball, wave their arms and the ball virtuosos shine with textbook technique during technically impressive direct passes. The rain doesn’t seem to bother the Brazilian technicians either: here an elegant 360° turn, there a brisk step-over. Can the Swiss keep Ronaldinho from scoring? Oh what a foul – the Brazilian rolls on the ground and helpers carry the injured player off the field! Despite the lack of assistants, the referee has an overview and shows the Swiss defender a yellow card. Roberto Carlos takes the free kick from twenty yards. Or not? Because Ronaldo is ready. However, he only taps the ball lightly and the powerful shot Roberto threw the ball into the net! Goal, a beautiful goal thanks to the amazing indirect free kick from the amazing duo.