Throughout playing off-line I never experienced a single dropped frame, which sadly was the case in the last game, and I can confirm it plays the way you always wanted it to. Load times have drastically improved this year too, with matches starting in less that 20 seconds as opposed to the minute it took in the Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. The main menu is also quite well-designed, but the user interface for menus within the game, including the load screens, are very basic looking and very little effort has been made in making them look good.
All the modes you expect from the last few games are still present with a new mode called “myClub”, which at the time of review was not working for me. However, it purports to allow you to select your team and any changes or transfers that occur in real life will be emulated in this mode to adjust your team and their stats. If this works it could add a completely new level of management to the game, and I’m surprised that it had not been implemented earlier with the infrastructure of the PlayStation Network last generation. Improvements to the online gameplay have been made too with a “QuickMatch” option to help you to play an online match faster than ever before, and there is even a a dedicated 11v11 lobby for those who wish to recreate the beautiful game online. In this mode you can play online with 21 other gamers so you each play as a certain player on the field. A new home screen on the menu also now adds the latest and most commonly selected modes and throws them front and centre for you to select and jump into matches efficiently.
One of the most annoying things about Pro Evolution Soccer is that it still does not have a fully licensed roster and it is to be expected, but it has a fully licensed sound track with many artists like Calvin Harris and Avicii to name two. A nice touch I noticed when playing is the switch between the menu music, and as you load into a match the stadium speakers start to play the song instead with the echoey resonance you would expect to hear, this, layered with the crowd noise, helps bring you into the location like very few games do. Commentary is also good, but it doesn’t impress as it used to.
If you are a complete newbie to football, then this game probably isn’t for you. Even though it does have the pick up and play control scheme, it won’t teach you everything you need to know despite the fairly in-depth training modes. However for fans of the series and those who have switched over to FIFA, you may be bowled over by this year’s entry in to the Pro Evolution Soccer series with its return to form.
This review is based on the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
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