- The visuals and sound design in the game are awesome. The players look like their real life counterparts and the crowds and sound of the ball sound as realistic as ever.
- The online modes were definitely more stable this year and I very rarely suffered with any problems, which in turn allowed me to focus on the football.
- The gameplay feels even better than last years installment. The football feels fluid and the player’s are tactically clever, which makes for some enjoyable matches.
- The goalkeepers in the game have been improved greatly. They play just like in real life and it’s a breath of fresh air to have decent and more realistic goalkeepers.
- There is a huge amount of content to sink your teeth into and this content will keep you going till next year’s installment.
- The Become a Legend mode has been done really well and you can tell a lot of effort has gone in here.
- Unfortunately the commentary is no better this year. It just doesn’t seem to gel and it gets repetetive quickly.
- While PES 18 has added more licences this year there is still a lack of the real team names.
All in all as each year passes Pro Evolution Soccer seems to gather more fans and it gets stronger and stronger, and this is no different with PES 18. PES 18 has managed to improve in pretty much all areas and it definitely feels the most realistic of all football games so far. The gameplay this year feels as realistic as ever and they have done a great job of slowing down the speed and keeping it fluid throughout. The goalkeepers in the game have also seen a significant improvement and this year you can actually rely on your goalkeepers, which is great. The amount of content in the game is huge and will keep you satisfied until the next release. There are a number of modes to play and most of these modes are very good, and I especially enjoyed the Become a Legend mode. The online modes are better than last year’s because they have managed to make the online modes more stable, so you can just focus on the glorious football instead of worrying about lag etc. The commentary in the game however is unfortunately the same and you will get sick of hearing the same phrases. The licensing problems also persist and I still find it annoying that the team’s aren’t called the same as in real life. The presentation side of the game is as good as ever. Visually the star players look perfect and the sound design when it comes to the crowd and the sound of the ball give the game a great sense of realism, which is great. At the end of the day I enjoyed my time immensely with PES 2018. They keep improving each year and I can see them getting even more fans with this year’s installment. PES 2018 is a brilliant alternative to FIFA and the FIFA series is going to have to pull out all of the stops to be as enjoyable and realistic as this years PES.
I rate Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 9/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Release Date (Xbox One): Sepetmber 12, 2017