PES 2016 | Review
The Good
  • + Quick gameplay
  • + Nice visuals
  • + Amazing celebration system
The Bad
  • - Dull commentary
  • - Unrealistic refereeing
  • - Lack of licensed teams can be a pain
65%"Time Killer"

Want to look beyond the score? Check out the full review below…

Start Replay: “Inferior Footy

Having not played a Pro Evolution Soccer game for many years, I didn’t know what to think heading into the latest instalment.


The hype I’ve seen surrounding recent PES games has shocked me. Sure they look nice n’ all, but I always saw them as the game you played if FIFA was too mainstream for you, the “indie” or “alternative” football title. So putting my preconceptions aside, I decided to have a play of the latest Pro Evo and piece my thoughts together.

How about beginning with the positives? The game was quite pleasing on the eyes in terms of graphics, better than its closest rival FIFA, in my opinion. You tend to notice how nice the game looks when you are playing as one of the teams that Pro Evo has licensed officially. The players look alive, as does the entire pitch, which helps to create a pleasant show to watch.

One other positive that stood out was how well made the celebrations and their controls were. When you score a goal (which came few and far between for me), you’re presented with a simple and brilliant set of controls that allow you to implement your goal celebrations seamlessly into the game, which adds a layer of realism as a result.


I’ve seen a lot of reviews praising the realism of the gameplay but I personally wasn’t overly impressed. Perhaps this could have been due to the amount of time it took me to get used to the controls, but it all just felt a bit basic and clunky to me. I even spent an entire game trying to get my players sent off and all I ended up with was 5 yellow cards and 1 red card, so perhaps this aspect of the game could do with a little bit of work.

Having said that, gameplay is very fast paced and quick, which means goals can come from nowhere. This helps by giving it a bit of a “pick up and play” factor that makes matches enjoyable if you have a few friends over and feel like a quick game of virtual footy. This quick and fast-paced gameplay also gives the chance to punish each and every one of your opponent’s mistakes to a satisfyingly effective end.

I know it’s not fair to judge this game by the lack of licensed teams it has, but I was disappointed to find that my team Reading FC (who are known as the Berkshire Blues in PES), played in gold and red, not blue and white. The fact that the starting lineup featured around 5 players that no longer play for Reading also furthered my frustrations.


The commentary in sports video games, no matter what sport it is, tends to get very repetitive after a while and PES is no different. It seems very dull and uninspiring and can become quite tedious over the course of a couple of matches, but as I have previously stated this tends to be a feature in most sports games, WWE 2K15 for example.

Looking back on my time spent with the most recent incarnation of PES, I feel a sense of fondness and nostalgia. The gameplay, however flawed it may be to me, reminds me of the way football games used to be and I do like that, it provides a nice change up and helps to give PES its own identity.

However, I don’t believe that this is enough to redeem it in my eyes. It’s a well-made game that can be fun if you just want to pick it up and play but I feel that prolonged becomes very repetitive and dull.



Hopefully one day we will have a PES game that is a worthy challenger to FIFA and then we could get some real competition going on between the two games, something that I feel we are lacking at the moment.

*PES 2016 was provided to Start Replay on PS4 by Konami and Xbox One by Xbox

About The Author

Richard Evans

Richard has been playing video games since he got his hands on an N64 and a copy Banjo-Kazooie. He has since grown up with every piece of gaming hardware since. Richard is a big fan of strategy games, such as Total War and Civilization, as well as your more simple shoot ’em ups and sports games. As a founding member of The Happi Campers he has been making videos and reviews for 2 years and is also an award winning writer of Gavin and Stacey fan fiction.

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  • Oscar Roca

    Basically everyone has their opinion and in mine, this game is sensational,I disagree with the author on the fifa part as I feel it is way better than Fifa. Gameplay continues to be as real as it can get with so many realistic looking goals and aminations! Fifa can’t compete with PES when it comes to the pitch but lacks good commentary, and presentation, Konami definitely needs to fix that!

  • Glenn Syder

    This is actually one of the better reviews I’ve seen of this game and the score given reflecting the games many faults refs, goalkeepers etc .

    • Oscar Roca

      Every game has faults, this isn’t a perfect game by any stretch but to give it an undeserved score like this reviewer did (when it is getting so many more accolades by others) is ridiculous as he points out the bad being ;unlicensed teams(which can be fixed via patch), bad commentary (that has been the norm with PES) and bad refs(2015 had bad officiating, this is better) ! He is clear a fifa fanboy, PES was better last year and still even better this year, if the gameplay is flawed then fifa is worse! PES plays much more realistic than Fifa!