Realistic soccer game for PC with outstanding graphics that makes you feel like you're really there

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The Pro Evolution Soccer series hits the ground running, so expect PES 2019 to tempt dedicated sports fans to make the upgrade. The soccer game, football to the rest of the world, features improved ball physics, game-impacting player fatigue, more intuitive player controls, authentic leagues and stadiums, and many other "footie" favorites. For passionate sofa players, fans who imagine themselves as Ronaldo or David Beckham, let's see what this version in the legendary soccer playing series has to offer.

As soccer computer games go, PES 2019 seems to manage that impossible balance, which sees realistic gameplay matched by pure ball-dribbling entertainment. Adding to the palpable feelings of realism, there's now visually rendered stamina, which is far more engaging than a dwindling player energy bar. Then, as a true fan of the series would expect, there are other graphical refinements to see, including the convincingly real facial features attached to the game's star players. Animations, gameplay mechanics, and incredibly true-to-life ball physics, PES 2019 boasts all of these immersive gaming attributes, right down to the referee's determination to keep the match under control.

Player individuality is another smartly tweaked extra, with each member of any team seemingly exhibiting different responses to a passed ball or missed interception. Enriched by these under-the-hood gameplay enhancements, living room soccer heroes soon begin to feel as if they're down there, on the pitch and running for goal. Only the offside rule and a lightning-fast goalkeeper stands in the way of a celebratory animation after the ball has rocketed into the net. It's the passing, the familiar shuffle of a known player, the bringing down of the ball onto a perfectly animated thigh or chest, that blurs the line between gameplay fun and sports simulation reality here, so an upgrade from the previous version is noticeable. By the way, this soccer game is meant to be a believable simulation, so passes will miss, as will the occasional tackle, which could cause the ref to pull out a red card.

And, for those who've never owned a version of Pro Evolution Soccer, look beyond the stadiums, player animations, and gameplay mechanics. Look deeper, and take note of the many player modes, which include a significant number of real-world stadiums, clubs, and players. Unfortunately, PES 2019 no longer owns the license for certain UEFA sanctioned events. Because of this drawback, the Konami owned soccer game does not feature the Champions League. However, there is the myClub online mode to enjoy. This management-centric game facet enables keen would-be squad managers to strengthen their teams by substituting stronger players for weaker ones. Train individual players, give them acclaim and star status, and improve their stats so that they have the stamina to score that one all-important goal.

  • Realistic player fatigue
  • Updated game graphics and gameplay mechanics
  • myClub improvements
  • Passing and tackling realism
  • Requires a well-specced Windows computer
  • Isn't comprehensively licensed
  • Only supports 64-bit Windows

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