We are so used to the buzzwords and advertising terms that publishers use to encourage the fresh characteristics that come to their annual sports matches— particularly football games— that we often seem to have pointed them out before, and as such we rarely trust their alleged meaning. And the same can be said about advice from the real athletes-have we ever felt their input in the final product? Keeping this in mind, we were looking forward to perhaps finding something fresh and outstanding when we grabbed the controller with the PES this year ahead of our moment.
That being said, one beneficial thing about Konami and Pro Evolution Soccer is that we generally end up noticing a smoother, more natural reaction to our inputs every year, even though we totally disregard these PR buzzwords. It's almost as if the Japanese developer's intentions were impressed by the' tiki-taka' philosophy used by premium partner FC Barcelona. Season after season, PES provided the very finest gameplay, and this moment during our first contact with eFootball PES 2020, we again felt that natural touch in Los Angeles. Does the advice given by Iniesta and the introduction of' finesse dribbling' have a major effect?
Again, we noticed better player responses as well as a more defined individual identity for top players. Thanks to the new smooth movement scheme, they appear to be acting in a more credible manner, making play passages more fluid and linked. Their passes felt less stiff than last year, and they were a little more compelling in their turns and runs. Once again, the ball is the protagonist, and it was treated in Tokyo with the same love that Oliver Atom inspired Iniesta back in the day.
The graphics enhancement enables as well. We are especially pleased with the improved lighting engine, which now makes it comparable to ambient occlusion for better shadows and a filler impact. This way it feels more realistic, with components that look like they were genuinely put on the pitch. The turf you are playing on has been enhanced as well. This is without mentioning the kits and how the shirts move along with player animations, with a model of clothing for which PES has been crying out and which appears to catch up with the players and their animations' already quality graphics.
We played a few games in the E3 demo with two of the available teams. Barça was featured along with Messi (as the fresh cover star), Iniesta (consultant and legend), Ronaldinho (also showing off his own legendary abilities), and even Johan Cruyff (introducing Master League Legendary Coaches with Maradona). Their opponents were the PES Legend Team, and since this player collection would only be playable in LA, we immediately captured them in our bid to be unstoppable. Just look at the line-up:
Between the articles, Oliver Kahn formed the back line with Matthäus, Vieira, Nevdéd, and Nakata. Andrés Iniesta, David Beckham, and Francesco Totti were sitting in the midfield, and Ronaldinho's magic was playing alongside Park Ji Sung and Batistuta as number nine on the front. Whether anyone can assemble such a Dream Team on myClub in PES 2020, we don't understand, but it was enough to make us dream for a brief while.
They could do little against our squad for the centuries, as well-recreated as were Ter Stegen, Piqué, Alba, Roberto, Messi, and Coutinho. Batistuta was our absolute killer, scoring from time to time, but Iniesta had some of his classic goals as well. In reality, we took the opportunity to touch the correct stick with both Iniesta and Ronaldinho to attempt the' finesse dribble' and the players ' response was a joy to watch. If you cancel a shot (Square) or play a high ball (Circle) by pressing Triangle right before hitting the ball, you can tease your opponent even more, turning your move into an unexpected pass (as long as you nail the timing, of course). Finally, we couldn't attempt Inspire, but this characteristic of the player enables teammates to benefit from the inspirational star. With so many fresh combinations of attacks and opportunities, we will have to see how simple it is to protect against true players ...
Another welcome change is the fresh menus and finally a refreshed on-screen UI. After the fresh eFootball PES 2020 branding, everything is now purple-colored in a very smooth comparison to the green. The displays are minimalist, and the design lastly looks like it belongs to this console generation with large buttons and clearer text. In addition, the scoreboards and graphics in the game are also TV-like, which is completely in line with the fresh and realistic camera angle of' live broadcast.'
So we left our first meeting with PES 2020 quite happy after scoring a lot of objectives with the Legend Team, having had just about the most fun we had at E3 up to that stage. A more sophisticated build will arrive in the demo on July 30 so that for the first moment in a demo, you can all play it for yourself. Taking into account our impressions and if they can get rid of any trace of potential' scripting' in the final product when it is released in September, we are not worried about gameplay. However, when we attempt to find out if eFootball PES 2020 will be able to grow beyond the boundaries of the present, enthusiastic fan group of the game, we will have to evaluate how it evolves in terms of both matchmaking and licensing compared to its predecessor.