The wait for PES 2021 Season Update is finally over!
We managed to play the game early thanks to Konami, so here is what we think of their new game.
PES 2021 Trailer
As a football fan, the gameplay is thoroughly enjoyable.
More care must be taken over passing and finishing, otherwise you will lose possession of the ball very quickly!
Once you get to grips with the tempo of the match, it is there for you to dominate.
We have only been able to play offline game modes so far, but there are still plenty of positives!
If you just want to jump in and play, kick-off offers plenty of choice to do so!
You don’t just have to play matches either. the training option allows you to hone your skills in a pressure-free environment.
Another bonus of PES 2021 is Euro 2020! The tournament has been postponed, but the fully licensed teams can certainly quench your thirst for international football.
The star of the game so far. For FIFA Career Mode fans, Master league is certainly worth a thought!
Straight away you are immersed into the game mode with relevant cut-scenes that really add to your story.
From meeting your new players, setting objectives with the board, and showing your latest signings off to the press, Konami have done an impressive job.
The game itself includes the capability to set the training for your first team and youth team alike, making sure you assemble your squad your way!
The level of detail and control over your own career is excellent too, with almost every aspect of the game customisable to your own preferences.
Become a Legend
‘Lock to Player’ game modes have always been tricky on football games, but Become a Legend is one of the better attempts.
Although not as immersive as Master League, Become a Legend is still a decent game mode in its own right.
Starting off as a young prodigy, you must earn your way into the first team.
However, Konami could look at NBA 2K to see how player career game modes should be executed!
A ‘skip to next involvement’ feature should be added. No one wants to sit through a 0-0 even if it is on fast-forward.
Track all your online data with the statistics tab.
All your online stats will be available for those of you who love to analyse and crunch numbers.
If the licenses are an issue for you, fear not!
A common misconception is that all the players have fake names, but this is not the case.
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The team names may not be accurate though, but this is easily fixed with the option files!
With Konami focusing on the Next Gen consoles, it comes as no surprise that PES 2021 is not that different to PES 2020.
PES 2021 is still a good game though, especially for those of you who enjoy the offline game modes.
Master League is excellent. The detail and length of the cut-scenes keep them fresh and exciting while giving it a personalised feel to your career.
In terms of gameplay, PES 2021 feels more strategic, taking longer to work teams out and then trying to find that killer pass.
With Next Gen consoles arriving soon, this could be the ideal time to test out PES 2021 if you haven’t already as the gap between it and FIFA is closer than ever.
Konami has made great strides in the past couple of years and we can’t wait to see what they produce next year!
RealSport Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
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Leon Joseph is just a few years into his journalist career, but has already had pieces published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Game Spot. In regards to academics, Leon earned a degree in business from Texas State. Leon has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in the gaming industry.