PES 2014

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PES 2014 update includes 800 new faces

PES 2014 update includes 800 new faces

Plus: roster updates and 11 vs 11 multiplayer.

Konami has announced a new PES 2014 update, due later this month, that will add hundreds of better quality player faces and the game's 11 vs. 11 multiplayer mode.

800 new faces will ensure players are represented in "staggering clarity", Konami has said. Manchester United's Da Silva twins, Boca Juniors' Riquelme, Real Madrid's Isco and England's Jack Wilshere will be among those upgraded.

Following a beta test on PC, PES 2014's multiplayer will be upgraded with the inclusion of a 11 vs 11 mode. Improvements to the game's chat and overall gameplay will also be included.

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PES 2014 Xbox 360 patch fixes online issues

PES 2014 Xbox 360 patch fixes online issues

Online Mode and Master League Online service added.

Konami has released a patch for the Xbox 360 version of PES 2014 it claims resolves the online issues that have plagued the football game since release.

The update, available now, restores full online functionality. It adds an online mode and Master League Online service to the game and sorts out the issues with updating via Konami data packs.

Konami said the full 11 versus 11 Online mode is currently in beta and will be released in the coming weeks. Also, another data pack update will be released in November that includes over 800 player face updates, updated rosters and gameplay improvements.

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PES 2014 having online update problems

PES 2014 having online update problems

Patch takes hours to download, fails to install.

PES 2014 is a strong new entry in the series but playing it online this weekend passed - its launch weekend - was far easier said than done.

A Data Pack update, required for playing online, was the problem. Not only did it take some people hours to download but, once obtained, the patch was either corrupt or wrongly installing itself, resulting in the game asking players to download it again.

I tested the Xbox 360 version this afternoon and can attest to the slow download time; 41 per cent had been downloaded in half an hour using a very strong internet connection.

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PES 2014 review

PES 2014 review

The year to switch?

I threw a proper tantrum at PES 2014 last week. I haven't thrown a controller at the wall in anger since the final boss of Jak 2, but I directed one at a cardboard box on the other side of the room when Nordsjaelland danced through my defence and went 4-0 up in the Champions League. I was playing as Real Madrid.

I blamed Raphael Varane to anyone who would listen, but the truth is that I had lost all self-control, impatient to get on the ball and try to reduce the deficit. I was stubbornly clinging on to both defensive pressing buttons, dragging my players out of position all over the field, and I was mashing the standing tackle button and charging blindly into midfield whenever I retrieved the ball. When I got there - if I got there - I was then spraying out miracle passes that were coolly intercepted as the Danish minnows grew in confidence. 4-0 wasn't flattering. (Although Varane did have a shocker.)

As a game that increasingly resembles a simulation of football rather than a highlights reel, PES 2014 is great at throwing up these authentic sporting stories. PES Productions has made a game that rewards the patient player over the thrill-seeking dynamo, where high scores are more often a product of indiscipline than the natural order, and the line between this series' trajectory and that of the mass-market FIFA now feels clearer than ever.

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PES 2014 release date confirmed

PES 2014 release date confirmed

Console demo due out just over a week beforehand.

PES 2014 will go on sale in the UK on 20th September for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, Konami has announced. The PS3 version will be available digitally in addition to the boxed release.

The release of the game will be preceded by a playable demo, due out for PS3 on 11th September and Xbox 360 on 12th September.

Konami has said the demo will be representative of the final game, with several teams available in full match scenarios and a tutorial to help with the overhauled controls.

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PES 2014 preview: Why I'll be making the switch back this year

PES 2014 preview: Why I'll be making the switch back this year

How the move to the Fox Engine ushers in Konami's boldest update yet.

Leafing through adverts and reviews of football games going back 10 or 20 years, it's immediately noticeable how little has changed - superficially - in the way we describe them. The box blurb for FIFA 95, for example, boasts of its "fast gameplay" and "pinpoint give-and-go passes". Both phrases that will likely feature in any discussion of its descendant in 2013. This rather charming 1997 IGN review of ISS 64, meanwhile, speaks glowingly of the title's "responsiveness" while asserting that there's "no lag time like in FIFA". Sound familiar?

The significance of this is that, while the genre has moved forward - impossibly, unimaginably so when I think back to my sheer astonishment the first time I laid my eyes on FIFA 97 - we're all still striving for the same things. Not a better representation of the sport we love, perhaps, but a better synthesis of all the things we've enjoyed from the dozens of iterations played over the years. Capturing this only gets harder as time goes on, and a 'perfect game', as we might imagine it, moves further and further away. It's a Herculean task for developers, and you can't help but feel a little sympathy for them having to step up to the plate, year after year, and take another swing

It's about time someone threw a curveball.

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