It's the end of the summer, a summer that has been outstanding in football terms with the World Cup in Russia that crowned France as the best footballing nation in the world and the most important transfer of the year with Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Madrid for Turin, and it's now time to start thinking about a new season that we expect to be even more exciting than the previous one.
And that excitement is not only present on the pitch and in the stands but also on our electronic devices, whether PCs, video consoles or mobile phones, thanks to the arrival of the two greatest football games at present that will once again battle it out to see which one's the best of the 2018-19 season. The first one to be released is this PES 2019 - Pro Evolution Soccer, first in USA and Japan, and now available in Europe and the rest of the world for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Its fight with FIFA 19, yet to be launched, will definitely be legendary.
What's new in Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Like every year, the football game developed by Konami arrives full of new features to try to compete to be the best soccer video game of the year, which we can summarize as follows:
- Licenses: Pro comes along with the official license for 12 major competitions which include the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the Danish Superligaen, the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Scottish Premiership, the Swiss Raiffeisen Super League, the Argentinian Primera División, and the Russian Premier League. That doesn't mean that we can't play the Spanish, English or Italian leagues. Simply that the game doesn't have the full licenses for these tournaments although it does have licenses for many of their teams such as Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool, AC Milan or Inter Milan. In this sense, we've got some bad news for the fans of this game, after 10 years, Konami and UEFA haven't renewed their agreement and, therefore, PES no longer has a license to operate the Champions League, Europa League, and European Supercup.
- Graphics and playability: just like they've been doing so since PES 2014, for this new edition Konami has once again used the Fox Engine that has been so accurate in the past especially when it comes to recreating the facial traits and tattoos of the players (mainly licensed players) although it's not so brilliant when it comes to stadiums and light effects. In this sense, all animations have been improved, now available in 4K HDR. In terms of playability, many other aspects have also been improved, especially shots on goal (which also incorporate new animations) and players have been provided with new skills.
- New myClub: the online manager mode for PES has undergone a complete overhaul, mainly in the way we buy players, train them and manage them to be able to build a powerful squad capable of standing up to our rivals. These new features include changes to player prices, to how we train them, to the number of player slots per user, the possibility of having duplicate footballers, a section of featured players that have had top performances over the weekend, and the introduction of legendary players such as Beckham, Maradona, Cruyff, Nedved, Gullit, Maldini or Kahn.
Three different editions for PES 2019
Pro Evo 2019 is available in three different editions to satisfy everyone's needs:
- Standard edition: with Coutinho as the main man, the users can enjoy Barcelona's player on loan for 10 matches, Beckham on loan for another 10 matches, 3 premium agent players for 10 weeks, and 3 player contracts for 10 weeks.
- David Beckham edition: with the English ex-player as the main man, the users can enjoy Philippe Coutinho on loan for 10 matches, Beckham himself, 3 premium agent players for 20 weeks, and 3 player contracts for 20 weeks.
- Legend edition: apart from a legendary player such as those mentioned earlier, the users can enjoy Philippe Coutinho on loan for 10 matches, Beckham himself, 3 premium agent players for 30 weeks, and 3 player contracts for 30 weeks.
Now that you know, don't hesitate to download the demo through Steam or purchase the full game from the same platform so that you can compare the advantages of possibly the most realistic football game with those of FIFA 19 once it's officially released at the end of September.