PES 2016

PES's legacy problems remain, but the football itself has never been better.

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PES's free Euro 2016 update is a bit of a disappointment

A keen-eyed observer might have noticed a few new icons pop up in their PES 2016 menu a few weeks back. The game's latest patch, weighing in at a hefty 3.9GB, brought with it a raft of Euro 2016 content - but Konami's been pretty quiet about the release. It's hard to imagine a more underwhelming launch for the official licensed game of an international football tournament.

It wasn't always this way. World Cup and European Championship tie-ins have typically been major events for publishers and gamers alike. Sitting as they do slightly outside the major franchises' Christmas-focused release calendar, they've offered both the chance for developers to indulge in a little non-iterative experimentation, and for gamers to soak up a simulation of unique contemporaneity - an experience specifically designed to be played for one month, and one month only.

EA's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, for example, managed both to capture the atmosphere of the tournament and represent a FIFA 2010.5 in the improvements it made to the match engine. Many critics even preferred it to its full sequel, FIFA 2011. A decade earlier, the same publisher made the most of post-Euro '96 football fever with two complementary World Cup '98 releases. The first, FIFA: Road to the World Cup 98, is one of the most fondly remembered football games of all time, featuring as it does that famous Blur 'Song 2' intro, the bizarre option of indoor football, and a World Cup qualification mode of unprecedented depth.

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Free-to-play version of PES 2016 announced

Free-to-play version of PES 2016 announced

Exclusive to PS4 and PS3.

Konami has announced a free-to-play version of football game PES 2016.

It's exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PS3.

F2P PES 2016 launches on 8th December. It's described as an "entry level" version of the game, and includes Exhibition Mode and seven teams, such as Bayern Munich, Juventus, AS Roma, Brazil and France.

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Konami sorry about incomplete PES 2016 transfer update

Konami sorry about incomplete PES 2016 transfer update

Being fixed ASAP "but will take some weeks unfortunately".

There's a problem with the Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 transfer patch that was finally released at the end of October: it doesn't include the final few days of summer football transfers which, as we know, are when a lot of moves tend to happen. It means the PES community has waited a long time for an incomplete roster update.

Konami issued both apology and explanation via long-running and trusted PES website PESfan. The game's maker said correcting the roster is top priority "but will take some weeks unfortunately".

The knock-on effect of that is a different Data Pack (includes a new stadium) planned for the end of November will be delayed. Konami won't release it without fixing the transfer patch issue. The Data Pack has been removed from Konami's schedule until a fix is implemented.

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PES 2016 players up in arms over roster update delay

PES 2016 players up in arms over roster update delay

Updated rosters delayed until the end of October - over a month after launch.

Konami's football game PES 2016 came out on 15th September, but the game won't get updated rosters for offline modes until over a month after launch.

Until then, offine players are stuck with 2015 rosters - and many have expressed anger at the delay.

Live Updates will be available for online modes (Online Divisions, Friendly Match Lobby, Team Play Lobby, Online Competition, Quick Match) from 1st October, Konami said. These Live Updates update the stats of "key players" depending on their weekly performance, and let you use the fully updated rosters of the team of your choice during online play.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 review

In Malcolm Gladwell's 2005 book Blink, the pop science writer casts his contrarian gaze over the Pepsi Challenge, the 1975 marketing promotion that struck one of the most resounding blows in what has since been dubbed "The Cola Wars". Pepsi, it seemed, always came out on top in blindfold taste tests - and hence could, quite fairly, market itself as "America's choice".

What Gladwell found was that Pepsi's methodology - to offer passers by only a small sip - loaded the die in their favour. Pepsi was sweeter, and thus preferable when consumed in small quantities. The fact that cola is drunk by the can - a quantity for which, arguably, a milder drink like Coca-Cola is more suitable - was, whether by design or accident, conveniently ignored.

PES 2016

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FeaturePES 2016 vs FIFA 16: a friendly comparison

Early impressions ahead of review.

In some ways, I imagine writing about football games is a bit like writing about wine. Make a quick judgement, pluck arbitrarily from the glossary of established terms and - as long as you express yourself with conviction - most readers will be happy to follow your lead.

PES has exclusive Champions League rights for another three years

Konami has signed a three year deal extension for exclusive Champions League rights.

Konami and UEFA's original deal was signed in 2009. Now it's been extended, and includes this year's game, PES 2016.

The agreement means PES can feature the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League club competitions - a point of difference between Konami's game and EA's FIFA series. The UEFA Super Cup is featured within PES' long-running Master League mode.

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Brazilian superstar Neymar is on the front of the PES 2016 box and will be the face of the game. He replaces German player Mario Götze, who was cover of last year's game.