Video game 'Pro Evolution Soccer 2014' from Konami.
Konami's newest sports title, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, is now available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The company says versions for Windows PC, PSP, and PlayStation 2 are to follow in the future.
The release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (PES 2014) marks a new beginning for the popular series, with an all-new engine allowing for the most comprehensive advances since its inception. The game uses Kojima Production's renowned Fox Engine as one of the core components for its new football specific game engine.
PES 2014 reworks every element of play, creating a fresh and energetic new standard for football titles. In addition to noticeably improved graphics and fluid animation, the thrust of the new system's power redefines the way football is played on a home system. All-new AI is also in place. While the individuality of key players has been perfectly recreated, team AI has been enhanced to ensure favored teams play just as they do in real life. Online modes are also enhanced in PES 2014. The popular Master League Online mode is available and will feature a realistic working budget cap. Additionally, users can now take their "Become a Legend" avatars to online match rooms, while the 11 vs 11 online multiplayer will be available shortly after release.
Konami states that the game will benefit visually from an incredible level of acuity, from the weave of the kits, through to facial movement and a new animation process that offers slick segues from one move to the next, with no pauses or restrictions on control. Stadiums will be faithful to real-life, with the entrances to the pitches recreated, crowds that move during the course of the game - and even leave early if their team is being humiliated. The new Fluidity engine also allows for a new light-mapping effect, adding a natural look to the proceedings. The flow of a match has also been improved, with tactical decisions made on the fly, and the removal of cut scenes after specific events.
Free kicks and penalties have also been radically changed. Free kicks will no longer have restrictions on the position of players in relation to the ball, for instance, while decoy runs have been added and short passes easier to effect from a set piece. To counter, players can now move the position of their keeper for the kick, while the wall will react to the kick instinctively to block or deflect the ball.
Penalties now use a target guide that is changed according to the kicker's ability and where they intend to place the ball. The goal keeper can now opt to move ahead of the kick, sensing when the penalty taker is not particularly strong.
PES 2014 also marks the first appearance of the Asia Champions League, adding a wealth of officially licensed clubs to the competition. The new game exclusively retains its use of the UEFA Champions League club competition.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 is rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.