Now in its 20th year, the Pro Evolution Soccer series has been through numerous peaks and troughs. From its inception, as Goal Storm, in 1996 to its high water mark during the PlayStation 2 years with PES 4 and PES 5, and subsequent fall from grace shortly after the release of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, there’s plenty to admire and lament.
Thankfully, after years spent in the shadow of EA Sports’ FIFA series, PES finds itself back on an upward trajectory thanks to the splendour and grace of last year’s PES 2016. The challenge for Konami is to continue that progress and make sure fans new and old are given reason to support PES 2017 upon release later this year.
In order to achieve that, the direction being taken with the upcoming game is concerned predominantly with realism. As we found out at a preview event just last week, the goal is very much to provide a simulation first and a game second. Here are the most notable ways that PES 2017 is serving up the most realistic game of football you’ve ever played without boots.