Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 - PlayStation 4

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13 November 2014

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 was released for the PlayStation 4 in November of 2014. The game was developed by PES Productions before being published by Konami. The game utilizes a plethora of next gen technology and it is with that backbone that we've seen franchise take a huge step forward in terms of graphic and gameplay logistics. While it is easy to grow weary of the annual sports releases, we feel that Pro Evolution Soccer has always pushed the envelope in regards to getting their fans the biggest bang for the buck.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 was released for the PlayStation 4 in November of 2014. The game was developed by PES Productions before being published by Konami. The game utilizes a plethora of next gen technology and it is with that backbone that we've seen franchise take a huge step forward in terms of graphic and gameplay logistics. While it is easy to grow weary of the annual sports releases, we feel that Pro Evolution Soccer has always pushed the envelope in regards to getting their fans the biggest bang for the buck. This entry features Mario Gotze on the cover. Let's take a look at one of the hottest games in the world of soccer.

A historic franchise.

To understand what Pro Evolution 2015 brings fans you have to understand how far the franchise has come. PES Productions has been developing this popular soccer title for going on 14 years. The games have steadily increased in both playability as well as graphical intensity as technology has continued to progress. Without an official license to use professional players, the game still is an awesome answer to the equally popular FIFA series. For the last half decade or so FIFA has routinely been beating PES out at the critics table and the check out line. After these years of being downplayed it seems like the momentum is finally starting to shift, and we couldn't be happier. Parity in the gaming industry creates better products and it seems like we are finally starting to see that at work in the niche field of soccer gaming. While some of the slick and shine of the bigger budget games may be missing, this one still holds its own. As an alternative to FIFA 15, it does its job well. Let's look at the fine details to see if this is the soccer game for you.

Changing the nature of the game.

FIFA, much like many of the other EA juggernauts, seems to bring fans of the sport in with a fast paced sort of gameplay. It isn't unusual to rack up half a dozen goals per game in an exhibition. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, it certainly dose change the flavor of the game. Put simply, it isn't a realistic simulation. That is where we began to fall in love with the PES series. It's been since the PlayStation 2 era that we've had a solid Evolution Soccer title but the times are changing and things are looking up.

The first thing that players should know when they pick up the controller for 2015 is that they are not playing a juiced up version of international soccer. This is a game that sticks to the roots of the style and seeks to simulate as accurately as possible the realities of the game. You won't be going line to line with your best striker in order to punch a fireball through the net. Instead you will have to push your attackers and make them work together as you try to collapse your opponents defensive space. The game is slower and it requires you to be tactical. No more 35 yard kicks with your star player, hoping that the AI will mess up. Many of your games will end up with a score of 2 or 3 total goals and we think that is just fine.

How is the presentation?

One of the only black marks we have to put on the report card for PES 2015 is the fact that it does not have official licensing. You won't see the slick cinematic approach to the game that the FIFA series offers. Instead you will have a stripped down game that focuses on the bones of soccer. Once you are in game you will have a broadcast view of the action. The bottom of the screen will show a helpful mini map of the pitch that tells you where everyone is at on the field. At the left and right hand portions of the screen you will see names with energy bars. And that's pretty much it. Cinematic incursions are left for replays and pre-match exploits. You will see players run to the field. You'll see them jostle for position. You'll see them in high detail in replays of great plays. But that's pretty much the whole of it. The only highlight of the presentation lies with the music that has been selected for the game. You will hear hit songs by popular groups like Bastille, Avicii, Linkin Park, and Imagine Dragons. The announcing is subpar and mostly just there for background. We'd get used to jamming your own tunes alongside your game, it will make for a more enjoyable experience.

Gameplay is everything on the PS4.

Five years ago PES was considered a tight game. The players felt like they committed to their moves and striking shots felt realistic. As FIFA grew more popular it seemed like PES paid less attention to the actual nuts and bolts of their game. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 was a huge disappointment in that regard. It would be easy to distrust the series going forward but thankfully things have changed. The 2015 entry into the franchise feels tighter than ever. Tackling is difficult and requires exact precision but it is entirely fulfilling. The same goes with getting your shots off on goal. While you'll have a hard time getting past appropriately difficult goal keepers, when you actually make it through you will feel like an actual professional. There are some moments where things don't feel as tight as they should, with free kicks coming to mind, but they are few and far between.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 on the PlayStation 4 is the newest and greatest entry into a franchise that should soon become a contender. While the lack of licensing and general ambiguity of the series will push many casual fans away, those looking for a great soccer simulation should end their journey with this title. It looks good and plays great and that's all we ever wanted.

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