I don't know where to start with this. I must admit this is the most challenging PES to date. You really do have to create openings, use a lot of movement as creating space is key on this. Passing is brilliant, shooting has to be timed etc. The game play and graphics are top quality, commentating is very much improved.
Training is a nice addition to the game. There are various time trials to take on which will help anyone to improve. All areas are available such as dribbling, passing, shooting, defending drills etc. Really good. But the defending drills are pointless as I'll explain below.
But on the downside, I actually don't know how many PES reviews I've mentioned GOALKEEPERS!!! This year they are absolutely, and I mean absolutely SHOCKING!!! Why don't Konami fix something that actually needs fixing? Every single shot the computer has goes in yet it takes you about 3 or 4 attempts. Really frustrating. Simple shots are parried out and shots that trickle to the corner, the keeper just falls instead of diving. Shots that are going miles wide , the keeper palms it away. Come on, what the hell??!! Reminds of PES 6 where every shot went in.
Another problem is when shots are saved or if the ball is loose, the computer will always get there first regardless if they are a million of miles away. Defenders just don't react to loose balls. The attacker always gets to crosses first. Clearances are always picked up by the computer first or the second ball. I could go on.
Defending I have to say is just pointless. It is impossible to get the ball off the opponent. They don't react to getting turned etc, once the player has gone, that is it, you're buggered.. No matter how much pressure you put on the player, they seem to get through. No matter how hard you try to time a tackle, the computer just walks through it and leads to a goal.
Speed of the players is very strange. I'm not sure if the stats of speed are more realistic. For example, I've noticed that when you play the computer, they pull away and you just cannot catch the player. I ran clear with Pato and Mertesacker caught up. Ok, that would really happen.
Licenses don't really bother me because I can always get an update file. One thing I've noticed is that Brazil are not licensed, the players are but not the team. The home kit is green and the away kit is white. Transfers are not up to date but Konami have already released a patch to update these.
I don't want to go any further because it might spoil it for others. The game is playable. You enjoy it up to certain points but the certain points spoil it big time.
I'd still recommend the game to buy, at least try it out first. You might like it you might not. Each to their own.
Thank you to Play for getting the game to me a day earlier.