PES 2014 offers several modes of play: Match, Football Life, Become a Legend, Competition and Training.
During the loading stages, you’ll get tips on shots and moves to do in specific situations in a game, a useful intermission that takes advantage of any dead time!
The main new feature is the TrueBall Tech: with the improved control of the analog stick, you can stop or control the ball through 360 degrees. The result is a striking realism and unprecedented freedom of movement in PES 2014. This is made possible by improved ball physics, meaning there’s no longer that annoying “bowling ball” effect that accompanied the series for years.
Also improved are the tackles, which are now much more fluid and believable. The power, weight and physical strength of the players can affect the outcome or impact of the shoulder to shoulder struggles between players.
Maneuvers are more logical now too; the game favors team play and the pace is slower than in previous years. It’s more difficult to steal the ball from a player and get it in the back of the net. Now, you’ll need to study the position of players on the field and get the timing right to take advantage of teammates’ play or to take a shot on goal.
There are more natural movements. The cross is calibrated in a more “manual” way than before, while the shots are more believable, despite some trajectories seeming a bit steered.
The goalkeepers have excellent animations and some of the saves are incredible. The way they come out for high balls and crosses is convincing.
Artificial intelligence is one of the biggest highlights of PES 2014. The players handled by the CPU move well and appear more unpredictable, work as a team and when necessary, are able to take shots that leave you speechless. There are 6 selectable difficulty levels for the AI.
The new Fox graphics engine in PES 2014 works well. All details have been taken into consideration, and the physical resemblance of the virtual players to the real ones is impressive (but only for the famous ones; the “not-so-well known” ones are a bit rough around the edges). Greate care was taken in the production of each of the levels, with excellent choreographic details and unique banners for each team.
Another new feature to PES 2014 is the almost total absence of “binary”: the players now move with total freedom and without pre-determined frameworks.
The sound effects are perhaps the best element of PES 2014. The audience is the 12th player on the field, supporting the team with an incessant roar, galvanizing every risky move, whistling at opponents and urging their heroes towards the goals, especially in the most frenetic of the matches. In short, Konami has managed to create an extraordinary atmosphere in which the gamer truly gets emotionally involved.