PES 2018 – Just Around The Corner
New PES games tend to be announced around late spring/early summer and ultimately released in September/October that year. PES 2018 will likely follow this pattern. With that being said now is a great time to compose a PES 2018 wish list. Based on your feedback we will discuss what improvements can, and should, be made for the next iteration of PES.
Improved Graphics / Visuals
Whenever a new game is scheduled graphical improvements are expected. Sometimes these enhanced visuals are minimal whilst between other iterations of games they are more noticeable. The biggest jump in graphics in recent times was PES 2014 to PES 2015 due to the release of PS4 and Xbox One. We are now at the stage where 4K gaming is changing from a privilege to the norm. As a result, due to the recent release of the PS4 Pro and upcoming release of Xbox Scorpio, we can expect PES 2018 to offer native 4K graphics at the coveted 60 FPS.
The general consensus of the PES 2017 gameplay is that it’s excellent. With that being said it is unlikely we will see any drastic changes in PES 2018. However, there is always room for improvement, we list a few of these below.
The most common frustration is when goalkeepers parry a shot into the feet of the striker for an open goal; the frequency of this needs to be reduced.
Whilst shooting is very good on PES 2017 it still doesn’t provide the satisfaction and excitement that the older versions of PES did. Scoring a goal on earlier games such as PES 2008 and PES 2009 felt a lot more rewarding. Explaining why is difficult as this excitement is an intangible quality. Recreating the same feeling as scoring a 30 yard screamer with Adriano would make a big difference in PES 2018.
It is great that PES 2017 encourages passing to be able to score goals – this replicates real football. However it does seem that defenders are able to obtain the ball through physicality even when behind the player with the ball. It should be more difficult to regain possession of the ball especially when behind a player that is considered to be quick. Moreover, a player dribbling past 2 or 3 players at pace is a rare occurrence at best. Someone like Messi, Bale or Sanchez should have the ability to go past multiple players occasionally. In PES 2017 it seems any time this is attempted they will be shoved off the ball with a little too much ease.
Fortunately free kicks have improved in comparison to PES 2016 where you could score by just clicking shoot. Even so the free kicks do feel too generic. Scoring a free kick in real life is a difficult skill and should be the same when playing on a game. We would love to see one of the free kick systems from PES 2008 to PES 2013 implemented as it requires skill to master and therefore feels rewarding when you do score from a free kick.
Servers and Lag Cheats
Unfortunately this has been the elephant in the room for a number of years now. A lot of PES fans have become increasingly frustrated that some players, albeit very few, manipulate their connection resulting in a void game when they’re in a losing position. This of course is completely unacceptable. The good news is Konami are very aware of this issue and have dedicated resource trying to resolve it. We can only hope PES 2017 will be the last PES game that lag cheats can exploit.
myClub Transfer System
Choosing Your Own Players
Through feedback on our social media channels it is clear a lot of PES fans want a transfer system in myClub, a la the old Master League Online system. The randomised Agent system at the moment does add excitement when you do get the player you want. On the flip side it is annoying during the periods where you can’t get any players you want. It should be noted Konami’s implementation of the auction system in PES 2017 does go some way to providing a transfer system alternative. However, it seems a lot of myClub players don’t have the patience to save up for the world’s elite players. There is no doubt randomness is essential to keep teams varied but that a method of selecting a particular player is required.
A balance is required between giving users control of the players they get but avoiding everyone having world 11s. We have discussed this previously here: https://pesmyclub.com/pes-2017-myclub-needs-changed/. The team spirit section is a great way to avoid everyone having world 11 teams.
One of the consistent critiques of myClub is its rigidity. Currently the way your team plays is completely dependent on the manager you hire. Once again feedback from PES fans tells us they want to be able to change their formation and individual tactics to what they desire regardless of the manager. In addition to this PES fans have asked for further, and more varied, competitions to be added.
myClub Leagues / Tiers
Unfortunately there are two camps of PES fans – one want to be able to build a team with the very best players and the other camp want to be able to use lesser rated players and not be penalised for it via results. Regrettably both can’t co-exist. One way to resolve this would be to add two or more myClub leagues so users can actually have the choice. We discuss this here: https://pesmyclub.com/myclub-leagues-needed/
No two football matches are the same and therefore a simulation of a football match shouldn’t be either. PES have done a great job over the years of making each match feel relatively unique. This was more true on the early Xbox 360/PS3 versions of PES. PES 2018 should include random moments such as the occasional incorrect offside decision, questionable yellow/red cards, goal-line excitement and random player errors. Of course this will be annoying at times but will no doubt add to each game’s excitement and more importantly reflect what happens on a weekly basis in real life.
Loading between screens on the PES main menu and myClub is a frustrating experience. Every time you start myClub, go to the Auction House or Game Plan the establishing communications message appears in the bottom corner. It can take several seconds to load. Several seconds several times a PES session over a whole year isn’t acceptable for a modern day game. Regardless of whether the delay is because of connecting to online servers this needs to be at the very least improved. Older PES games had lightning fast transitions between screens and it would be good if something similar could be used again.
The PES soundtrack always includes some classic and fitting songs that seem to gel well with PES. Unfortunately there just isn’t enough songs on there resulting in the ones that are becoming repetitive. An increased number of songs should be included in PES 2018. Furthermore, if licensing allows, songs from past PES games would be a welcome, nostalgic addition!