The graphics and controls in this new soccer game will leave you breathless as you play
Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 7 / Windows 10
Konami Digital Entertainment
Pro Evolution Soccer has long been the soccer game of choice for fans who are looking for the most accurate feel of what it's like to actually get out on the green, and despite some additions to the formula, the 2018 edition is no different. If FIFA is the soccer game for casual fans, Pro Evolution Soccer is the alternative for the geeks. Unfortunately, it sacrifices in access to official FIFA endorsement and deep rosters, and its single player experience isn't quite as satisfying, but the moment to moment experience is unparalleled.
Getting out on the pitch just feels good. From passing to dribbling to shooting, there's a sense of fluidity that's honest to the experience of a soccer match, and the result is a game that's a bit harder to get into but eminently more strategic than the competition. While the defensive components still aren't quite on point, publisher Konami has been taking measures to help address fan criticisms.
And that's what it boils down to. Players looking to pour hours and hours into narrative driven gameplay, push their way through single player leagues, and find it all wrapped up in a smooth interface will probably get their fix better in FIFA, but the sense of joy you feel in the field is still unrivaled by Pro Evolution Soccer, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. If you're looking for a game you can break out with friends and win bragging rights that could quickly be lost on a match to match basis, Pro Evolution Soccer offers an incomparable experience where the love for the game is tangibly felt.