The modern game of football is as much about physicality as it is about pace or technique. It’s strange that no digital representation of the beautiful game has managed to nail this particular aspect of the sport. There have been attempts, with some going hilariously wrong, but nothing to impact the gameplay in a positive way. Enter PES 2016, sporting its ‘advanced collision system’, looking to do exactly that. You know what? It succeeds, quite brilliantly.
Each and every interaction between players matters, impacting the gameplay in some way whether it’s big or small. This means bigger players can stamp their authority on the game – Yaya Toure, Nemanja Matić and Paul Pogba are beasts, devouring the opposition if you play to their strengths, like getting shoulder-to-shoulder with another player, or in a good position to make a challenge.