Keeping the ball rolling

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It seems once a year gamers are treated to a virtual display of deft ball control and refined strategic play as developer Konami release the latest iteration to their long running football game Pro Evolution Soccer. This year Konami aims push the boundaries of the series with Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES 2017) and its diverse feature set.

With each consecutive year, Konami aims to learn and implement new innovations; innovations which may ensure each sequential release of Pro Evolution Soccer may radiate with improvement when compared to its predecessor. This year Konami aims to do achieve this by implementing numerous enhancements to the core gameplay, including the debut of their “control reality” mechanic. In PES 2017 the control reality gameplay mechanic represents the heightened level of control players are offered over all aspects of the game.

An example of a control reality aspect introduced in PES 2017 is “real touch” and the way this affects gameplay. Real touch may be an important example of Konami’s physics engine overhaul as it allows players precision over the 1st touch, making for better passes and control. Each player on the field has different qualities and PES 2017 aims to take advantage of this with their new gameplay mechanic. By calculating how each individual may connect with the ball and their control of it in relation to their personal attributes this real-time ball computation may allow for precise passing and fluid control with each touch. This improvement to PES 2017’s physics engine may lend each match an organic feeling as each goal may be as rewarding as the last.

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However, scoring goals may not be a cakewalk; as one of the most important players on the field, the goalkeepers in PES 2017 have also received attention. Konami aims to improved goalkeeper animations, meaning in PES 2017 goalkeepers may have increased agility as a result of their expanded repertoire of moves. PES 2017 aims to have swift keepers which may react at a moment’s notice in order to prevent the ball from entering the back of the net. This improved AI may result in players needing to implement dynamic strategies coupled with precision ball control. The challenge of accurate timing, precision and coordination may result in a pitch drama as teams compete for superiority.

The PES series may find renewed life through its overhauled physics engine and feature rich gameplay; its possible Konami may attract new gamers with PES 2017’s methodical gameplay approach. Overlaying Konami’s complex physics engine, sitting at the forefront of the game, are the players themselves; audiences may immediately notice the attention to detail each player is given. This may be primarily because Konami aims to capture and render realistic facial models from the world’s most famous football players. Player’s face’s are scanned to create a 3D model, a model which is then rendered in detail, bringing the game to life.

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Whether competing in the UEFA Champions League or practicing each passing under bright floodlight, Konami aims to give football fans a title which offers a wide selection of activities. Gamers may control celebrated teams and iconic players as they sprint across numerous pitches in a jaw-dropping display of skill. With PES 2017, Konami aims to offer complete control to players as they create their own football moments. From customising the line up, fine tuning the perfect strategy, to outmanoeuvring players online, Konami aims to make PES 2017 the must-have football game this year.

Konami aims to release Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 15th September 2016.

How may the new features found in this year’s Pro Evolution Soccer craft a compelling product?

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