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PES 18: Release Date, Wishlist, Gameplay, Features, and Updates

PES 18: Since the first time Pro Evolution Soccer came out of Japan in 2001, the franchise has been belting out an installment for each year till the present day. As is to be expected from such a franchise that deals exclusively with football, Pro Evolution Soccer, or PES, has been vying for the first spot among similar video games by improving on their existing features. But the competition that EA’s FIFA series (a name that most fans think as synonymous with football gaming) presents is no joke. However, despite all odds, this year’s Pro Evolution Soccer installment, PES 17, has proven to be a surprise hit among players. Among the rave reviews it has received from renowned critics as well as fans, some have gone as far as calling it the best football video game that has ever been made.

PES 18: Wishlist, Gameplay Features, Release Date

Undoubtedly, PES 17  is a game that concentrates on the thing that it is about, which means that it is a video game about soccer: the gameplay feels greatly realistic, driving some to conclude that PES 17 plays the way soccer should be played. The different teams featured play as uniquely as they do in real life, and the matches are incredibly fast-paced. But all in all, it stills lags behind FIFA’s latest installment in certain integral as well as peripheral aspects. So keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the upgrades that could take PES 18 several notches higher.

PES 18 Wishlist

Graphics Upgrade: Both FIFA and PES have recently changed their gaming engines (FIFA has switched to the Frostbite this year, and PES sticks to the FOX engine that it had transitioned to last year with some major improvements). For PES, this means that ball transitions play out very smoothly, and the animation quality, too, has received much better detailing resulting in incredibly realistic looking players and gameplay. However, the visuals lack the kind of crispness that the FIFA engine seems to offer, and so to list the first thing that PES 18 needs to have, we have to emphasize on an improved graphics system. We understand that much of the representation is also dependent on the lack of official licensing, which translates to an atmosphere that can’t help but feel a little stiff, even as the players represented against that look realistic. And from here we move on to our next point.

Licensing: Konami has lagged behind EA in this department ever since anyone can remember. This year, somehow, the persisting problem seems to be even worse, especially when contrasted with PES 17’s tightened gameplay. It’s not difficult to feel that Konami has spent all its efforts in vain, investing them in a game that presents realistic footballing by unrealistic teams. The matter of authenticity is big here, and Konami has simply lost out on the deal with PES’s falsely named teams that comically represent the real ones. Even the atmosphere at the stadiums feels like a stretch and in addition to that, the teams that consist of some of the biggest names in football are entirely missing. So, while PES has been amped up to offer hugely realistic gameplay, the in-your-face virtuality of it is seriously off-putting. Fans don’t have the option to see real teams play against other real teams in real stadiums.

So alongside official presences from teams like FC Barcelona and Liverpool, we would love to see the likes of Chelsea, Juventus, and Real Madrid being included in PES 18. FIFA 17 this year has added several new stadiums to its roster, and for the next game, Konami should already be hard at work to acquire as many licenses as they can.

Improved Multiplayer Mode: We say “improve”, but what we really mean is a solid reworking from the ground up. PES has always been a little behind in terms of its technical aspects, and while its core gaming features have certainly caught up this year, there’s a huge drop when it is played in online modes. “PES 2017 plays the best game of football I’ve ever experienced, offline. Online it continues to suffer due to similar issues to last year’s entry, albeit there are improvements across the board but nowhere near to the level I was hoping for. I’ve been able to enjoy some lag-free matches, but these tend to be the exceptions which prove the rule,” says one reviewer. Konami needs to understand that fans like to play these games with other people, so multiplayer modes cannot be an aspect to be ignored. We hope that the next entry addresses this particular issue in a huge way. We do not want to see delays when we pass the ball to a team member while playing with someone else located halfway across the globe. We’re seriously hoping that Konami works it out for PES 18 so that we can be on the same page as the person we play with.

Game Modes: This year, PES has lost out to FIFA in a big way in the latter’s implementation of a new story mode titled The Journey. In the story mode, players are able to assume the role of a young aspiring footballer named Alex Hunter who will make advancements in his career by partaking in the professional football front in England. This is a first for FIFA, and it looks like it is aimed towards those who may not have great aptitude in professional football but don’t mind a game that follows a well-constructed story to give them a feel of the real game.

PES has already established with its most recent installment that it is one for the pitch. But many of the surrounding factors fall a little flat. Perhaps PES 18 can benefit greatly with the addition of a new story mode that will allow players to play out the life of a footballer.

In addition, the recently released title did not give fans much in the way of new additions to its many modes such as Master League and others, despite minor changes here and there. So fans look forward to a considerable improvement in the many existing career modes in PES 18.

PC Improvements: For those who have played the PC version of PES 17, this one does not even need an introduction. While the game itself was a clear winner with fans for being true to the spirit of football, the PC edition failed to impress because of the age-old technology used to build it. For PES 18, we hope that the devs definitely take the time to finally deliver the PC version that it deserves.

PES 18 System Requirements

We know that PES 18 is coming out this year for certain, but what is not known at this point is what kind of upgrades Konami will be aiming for in the new game. If you look at the PC specs needed for the last couple of PES games, you will notice that they have not really gone up in leaps. While we certainly hope that PES 18 comes with a huge graphical overhaul, chances are that Konami will remain conservative about their upcoming entry too. The specs mentioned below should be able to run the game smoothly when it comes out. But be assured that we’ll update this section with the official information as soon as it is revealed.

 Minimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
Operating SystemWindows Vista 32-Bit and aboveWindows 7 32-Bit
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.4 GHzIntel Core i3-560 @ 3.33 GHz
GraphicsAMD Radeon X1900 GT, OR,
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS
AMD Radeon HD 4850 X2, OR,
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 v3
RAM2GB4GB
DirectXDirectX 9DirectX 9
Storage10GB10GB

PES 18 Release Date

TitleOriginal Release DatePlatforms
Pro Evolution SoccerMarch 15, 2001 (Japan)
PlayStation,
PlayStation 2
Pro Evolution Soccer 2April 25, 2002 (Japan)
March 11, 2003 (US)
PlayStation,
PlayStation 2
Pro Evolution Soccer 3February 19, 2004 (Japan)
February 17, 2004 (US)
PlayStation 2,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 4August 5, 2004 PlayStation 2,
Xbox,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 5February 7, 2006PlayStation 2,
Xbox,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 6April 27, 2006 (Japan)
February 6, 2007 (US)
PlayStation 2,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008October 25, 2007 (Japan)
March 11, 2008 (US)
PlayStation 2,
PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009November 27, 2008 (Japan)
November 11, 2008 (US)
PlayStation 2,
PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 20105 November 2009 (Japan)
3 November 2009 (US)
PlayStation 2,
PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011October 28, 2010 (Japan)
October 19, 2010 (US)
PlayStation 2,
PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012October 6, 2011 (Japan)
September 27, 2011 (US)
PlayStation 2,
PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013October 4, 2012 (Japan)
September 25, 2012 (US)
PlayStation 2,
PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014September 24, 2013 (US)PlayStation 2,
PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015November 11, 2014 (US)PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 4,
Xbox 360,
Xbox One,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016September 15, 2015 (US)PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 4,
Xbox 360,
Xbox One,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017September 13, 2016 (US)PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 4,
Xbox 360,
Xbox One,
Windows PC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018September, 2017 (tentative)PlayStation 4,
Xbox One,
Windows PC

Konami has been releasing the games mostly in September over the last few years, with PES 17 having landed in Japan on September 15, 2016. Judging by that, fans can expect PES 18 to be released around mid to late September in 2017. The US and Japanese release dates should also be close to each other, and we hope all versions see a simultaneous release as has been the norm recently. As for the platforms, we expect PES 18 to come to the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC beyond a doubt. We’ll update this section when we get solid information about the upcoming game’s official release date and platforms. For the time being, you can check out our wishlists for some of the other titles in the works here.

PES 18: Release Date, Wishlist, Gameplay, Features, and Updates
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  • 1. In master league, there could be a choice, the same way there is for favorite player, but for captain, at start of the season after summer transfers you could choose your season first, second, and third captain. When you take off your first captain from the field, and the second or third choose captain plays, he could automatic get the armband.

    2. After hard tackle there could be provocation or “player gets angry” button :), for example you push a button for few seconds after the tackle and then the player who is near or being tackled starts behaving somehow (badly :D).

    3. More injuries and long-lasting so we can use more reserve players 🙂

    LoVe the game! THANKS!

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