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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by Winckle » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:26 am

jawafour wrote:The reviews are arriving and they're generally very positive. It's probably fair to say that the latest edition is an evolution rather than a revolution, with the core gameplay style in line with the games of the past year or two albeit a tad more patient and structured. I like the sound of this as, for me, the feel and playability has been great in recent years.

I'm ready to return to Online Divisions :toot: .

I'm going to be all about the Master League Jawa!

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:17 pm

Poser wrote:I'm pleased to hear you're bowing to public pressure, jawa :lol: ...

I'll post regular, detailed updates about bouncing between Divisions 6 and 7 :datass: .


Photek wrote:This has the online random team option right?

Got pretty boring in FIFA facing Real/Barca/PSG over and over again.

I'm not sure if it has that option, Phote... it disappeared a couple of years back - probably because few people used it (even though it's a great idea!). From playing the Online Divisions mode over the past years, it's fair to say that many people do pick Real or Barca (yawn) but thankfully you usually get a few games against other teams, too. But, yeah, I suspect that we'll be playing PSG a lot now, too.

Winckle wrote:I'm going to be all about the Master League Jawa!

GRcade is ready for Team Winckle to become legendary :toot: .

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by Photek » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:56 pm

Random mode has returned but I'm not sure how its done....guess I'll find out tonight.

EDIT: It's not online. :|

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:26 pm

>>> LIVE gameplay reporting <<<

Okay, guys, I have an opportunity to play the game for the next hour or so and I'm gonna be posting my impressions here... LIVE and EXCLUSIVE to GRcade :toot: .

Here we go!

[PS4 requires system update]

:x .

Okay... give me a moment to sort that out...

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by Photek » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:26 pm

Stream it.

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:39 pm

Okay, we're go!

First up... Neymar still features in Barca kit on the opening and title screens :fp: :lol: . And then you get 14 (fourteen!) Online information messages... classic PES :lol: :wub: . I'll catch up on them later - lets move on for now. Uhm... now you need to register a Konami ID for "info". I'll skip that for now.

We're at the main menu and it looks exactly like last year. BUT... the menu colouring is not great for colour-blind folk like me. The "selected" item is very light blue whilst non-selected items are white - I find it difficult to tell them apart. Grr. Oh, and the first music track I've heard is bloody awful... some lass yelling - I think - "Not enough" - it's probably massively cool and popular, but I don't know it :lol: . Luckily it's just changed - much better!

Okay - I'm gonna play an Ehibition (i.e. one-off) match!

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by Poser » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:45 pm

The BGM and commentary are always the first things to go whenever I play a game like this.

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:50 pm

Right, I'll play as Lazio v Leiciester. Increased the Match level from "Regular" to "Professional" and left the match ball design as this year's new one - "Tripletta".

The pre-match menu seems to be very similar to last season's; which is fine as it's all reasonably clear. But... on the team line-up screen, the player positions for attacking players are labelled as red on a dark background - with colour blindness, they can barely be read :fp: . It appears that, as with past years, you can only save a max of three sets of team settings. I've no idea why this hasn't been expanded! For now, I'll stick to the defaults

Right... we're about to kick off!

Oops - I'm gonna turn off the commentary as I never keep that on. The pre-match images look excellent; really smart.

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:54 pm

Ah! We have the new "one player" kick-off routine now.

Blimey - the graphics are great! Good representations of the players and excellent animation. The pitchside figures seem to be more populous, too - there are loads of photographers. The replay sequence has a really bold blue and green design - but I quite like it!

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by Poser » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:56 pm

jawafour wrote:Ah! We have the new "one player" kick-off routine now.

Blimey - the graphics are great! Good representations of the players and excellent animation. The pitchside figures seem to be more populous, too - there are loads of photographers. The replay sequence has a really bold blue and green design - but I quite like it!


Are you in Division 6 yet mate?

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:57 pm

The first goal! On nineteen minutes... and it goes to Lazio! Whoop! Lovely passing and then a bit of a scramble as the ball is bundled over the line. Nice reaction from the keeper as he kicks the air in frustration!

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:59 pm

Poser wrote:Are you in Division 6 yet mate?

:lol: .

This is playing very smoothly in the opening minutes; no slowdown or "sticky" feeling.

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:02 pm

36 minutes and it's 1-1! Lovely play from Leicester (CPU) as they break through a packed defence with some sily skills, before James dummies the keeper and tucks the ball away really well. Game on!

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:07 pm

Right, goal kicks work completely differently. You don't get a visible mark, you just hold Circle to control the power and use the left stick for direction. It seems fine but will take some practice.

Half-time and it's 1-1. I've changed to a more attacking formation for the second half.

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:08 pm

Ooh, some lovely new animation there! My player was sandwiched by two Leicester midfielders but he broke through the foul with the ball and play continued - nice stuff.

Some passing stats popped up as the Leicester keeper took a goal kick.

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:13 pm

62 minutes and it's 2-1 to Lazio! My first corner and, as with goal kicks, the directional controls have altered this year. I popped it near post and Lucic raced in to head his second goal of the game via a defelection. Great stuff!

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:17 pm

3-1! 71 minutes in and Immobile latches onto a lovely through ball... the keeper comes out but the forward strokes the ball inside the post.

The graphics and animation seem to have been polished this year - it really does look swell.

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:26 pm

That's it... a 3-1 victory for Lazio. I'm pretty impressed so far; the gameplay is not remarkably different to last year but remains fluid and realistic. The pace feels *slightly* slower... perhaps a wee bit more like real football and less pinball-y than before. The graphics really are swish - there were some excellent new one-handed save animations for the keepers.

Right, that made for a good warm-up. I'm gonna venture online :) :dread: :toot: .

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by jawafour » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:33 pm

...PSG ( :roll: :lol: ) v Lazio. Here we go!

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PostRe: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018 | Launches 14 September
by gamerforever » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:35 pm

Mine just came in the post. Now wheres that option file?


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