Experience a whole new ball game with KONAMI’s PES 2014. The stunning new FOX Engine has been combined with a revolutionary soccer system that puts the ball at the heart of the action for the first time. Every element has been rebuilt and now features all-new physics systems, custom team and player AI and a huge leap forward in...
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Release Date: Nov 12, 2013
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Experience a whole new ball game with KONAMI’s PES 2014. The stunning new FOX Engine has been combined with a revolutionary soccer system that puts the ball at the heart of the action for the first time. Every element has been rebuilt and now features all-new physics systems, custom team and player AI and a huge leap forward in animations and atmosphere.

Key Features:


  • TRUEBALL TECH brings absolute freedom to the ball. The ball becomes the centre of the game and learning to control it is essential to success.
  • THE HEART beats within the team motivating them through moments of fluid team play, flashes of individual brilliance and the roar of the crowd.
  • M.A.S.S. (Motion Animation Stability System) creates true physicality for each individual player who interact realistically while jostling and leaning. Controlling the body is a vital skill.
  • THE CORE of the game delivers amazing detail to faces, kits and the stadiums creating the theatre of match day, whether it’s a local derby or the Final of the UEFA Champions League.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 / 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Video card with 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 / 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 530. AMD Phenom II X4 925
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 11 compatible video card with 1024 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
107 of 131 people (82%) found this review helpful
203.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Let me put it as simple as possible for the people torn between FIFA and PES:

-If you want an extremely realistic game experience, PES 2014 is probably for you.
-If you want to edit players, teams, leagues, and more, PES 2014 is probably for you.
-If you want the option to perform tons of advanced moves, PES 2014 is probably for you.

-If you want an extremely amazing multiplayer experience, FIFA 14 is probably for you.
-If you want every major team and league on the planet available to play, fully licensed, FIFA 14 is probably for you.
-If you want a game that is super easy to play and learn, FIFA 14 is probably for you.

PES 2014 is for me. YOU get to decide what's for you, but my list above is made to aid you in making that decision.
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
As much as I tried to like this game, I just cannot.

First of all, the movement of the players feels robotic. It doesn't feel smooth and it is very annoying to me.

The commentary has incredible changes in mood. He is very happy about the game, but then he mentions the names of the players like if he was depressed.

There still are no secondary leagues. I'd like to have a little more, at least in the major leagues.

The most frustrating part, however, is that the matches feel like they have already been chosen. I mean, come on...we already have real life FIFA for that, we don't need it in game too.
Some matches are stupid easy, others are hard as ♥♥♥♥, especially because your teammates fall asleep and look at the ball, or miss a goal from 5 meters even if you barely even clicked the shoot button. A lot of times I want to pass to a guy and it will pass to the completely opposite direction.
You know when you HAVE to loose a game when a guy scores a bycicle kick with a cross from the goalkeeper. Sure, maybe that's exaggeration, but seriously, at times the enemies have nitro and, even if it is a crappy team, they suddendly, for 2 minutes, play better than Barcelona until they score.

It is also incredibly fun when you slide at a player from behind and it's not a faul, but it is a yellow card (the commentary suggests red) if you get the ball with pressing.

As much as I don't like EA, if you really want to go for a football (or soccer) video game, go for FIFA 14. This one is worse.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I went into PES as a FIFA fan. But as this game seemed so realistic, I gave it a try. And it was amazing. I would recommend this
More than FIFA. 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
If you actually want to PLAY the game, you need an Xbox 360 controller, but if your only here for the ♥♥♥-load of customization and the game simulation to entertain yourself on a rainy day then you can just use a keyboard and mouse.

I assume you can still play with a keyboard and mouse, but really, who wants to do that?

Also the FOX engine is very pretty.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I have always been a pes fan and purchased this game on day of release for the xbox 360. However i was sorely disapointed with player faces (majority) incomplete. Gameplay however is as good as ever. So once i re-purchased this game 4-5 months later i was delighted to witness that konami had pulled their finger out!! Hopefully their next release will be a complete game that is fully operational and how it should be!! Overall gameplay and how the gamestate is now i will happily give this game 9/10 !!!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
If, like me you prefere a sim heavy, tactically packed game and your not concerned with up to date teams and kits, then this is perfect game for local and online footy fans. There is a a layer of depth to this title that Fifa cannot match. It loses out in the presentaion stakes but pound for pound beats EA's cash cow hands down. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
If you decide to buy this game, you will probaly want to use a handheld controller. Here is a link to how to setup a Playerstation 3 controller on Windows 8 (other operating systems installation descriptions are available aswell). However, it should be noted, this game seems to be setup for the Xbox and Xbox controllers, so you will have difficulty figuring out the control options, as it is all for the Xbox controller.

I haven't played much of the game yet, but other than the fact that the game hasn't been made primarily for PC (you have to go to some settings outside of the game in the Data directory folder for Steam), it seems to be a decent soccer game, and I am having a ball (no pun intended), having a lot of fun. I am playing the 'legend' option right now where you play as just one player, and this is new to me, lot of enjoyment - got a big smile on my face. One thing that is wierd though is that the computer difficulty doesn't make sense. In that I am playing in 'legend' mode, on Amateur difficulty, and my team always dominates the other team - even when even matched teams, you can end up with a score of 10-0.
I tried playing in Professional difficulty and I didn't notice this, I don't think.. I would have to test it out more, and I dont know if this is universal for all game modes, but it is a little bothersome when you want to play a lower difficulty and your team continuously destroys all the other teams.
(EDIT: I think it has to do something with longer period games, even on Regular.. if the game is set to 25 min or over, your team seems to dominate an equally skilled team, possibly a bug)

Also, the game uses some real teams (some renamed) and some fictional leagues. I find that these fictional teams and leagues are quite nice, and add an immersive aspect to the PES world. Some people may find them lesser to real world league names etc at first, however, I think this will grow on people if they give it a chance. There are tons of teams and leagues. PES also has some history and backstory to these leagues and teams on the PES wiki page.

There are also other things which aren't great. For example, changing video settings, audio, and controller options all has to be done outside of game in the Data directory where the game is installed on your computer, which shows that this game is definetely not a PC game. But regardless, it still works...

Anyways - the links, if you need them..

PS3 conytroller for windows 8 64/32 bit http://www.hardcoreware.net/how-to-use-a-ps3-controller-in-windows-8/

Ps3 Controller for Windows 7 and vista 64/32 bit http://www.hardcoreware.net/how-to-playstation-3-controller-64-bit-windows-7-vista/

The second link should include the 32 bit files, if you are using 32bit operating system for Windows 7 or Vista. I haven't used the second link obviously, because I am using Windows 8, so I can't comment on it, but my controller is working great after I followed the instructions for mine.

Also the first link should include 32 bit version of the files necessary. GL
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
great game for football lovers
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
A viable alternative to the huge Fifa franchise. PES has always felt freer in the player movements and more open possibilities when it comes to spectacular shots/goals. This edition is more of the same from PES.

It is nice to see actual player names as opposed to the last PES game I played when they were generated.

1 down side I find compared to Fifa is that it seems more difficult to get the flair controls sussed out. I only have 8 hours played right now, but I've only just found the control to even take the ball under more control and start to do step overs, flips and what have you... mastering those is a different challenge altogether. Whereas I found Fifa more forthcoming with the basics.

On the easier difficulties this game may frustrate you as the defence just backs off the attackers until they've pretty much walked the ball into the net. That gets less the higher difficulty you go.

PES now also has a player career mode that I first saw in Fifa 09 I think, maybe 11. I prefer FIfas though, there's more feedback. FIrstly during the game you see your rating and see it increasing/decreasing as you play. You get feedback from your manager every couple of games and your ranking within the squad changes as you put in good or bad performances. PES has none of that. The player career type mode is fundamental and basic. Still enjoyable though.

PES management mode is very good though. It's simplistic in a sense but that makes it easy to manage and navigate, and get to the bit I play the game for... actual matches. Let's face it, if I wanted a full on football manager I'd go play Football Manager (which of course I do.. but when I play PES I want to control the games).

So overall a good, light hearted, easy to play yet hard to master football game. A simpler, more open/free flowing affair to Fifa.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Far better then FIFA... PES is only a slave to itself, as it tries so ambitiously to teeter on the verge of becoming the ultimate futbol simulation/experience. It has yet to get their in terms of game play, given its ambitious attempts this year, but it is most definitely closer/more engaging to the genuine experience vs. its close competitor, EA Fifa 2014.

If PES can polish up what it is trying to do in terms of game play mechanics, it will be on to something special... BE WARNED: You will have a horrible experience if you expect to have a fully surreal arcade, pick-up-and-play experience... PES takes practice, and you won't win without the proper strategy because this dictates your players positioning and overall intent... With new management in place to take over the realm of the PES series as of this year, it's exciting to see what more is in store. I give PES 2014 a B+
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
The game seems very lazily designed.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Lousy gameplay. Used to love this series because it played like real soccer but this is not worth the money. Incredibly lacking.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
AI is ALWAYS cheating. It is already programmed for them to score when your scoreline is leading by a few goals or a goal.

They are ALWAYS destined (PROGRAMMED) to score no matter WHAT you do.

EVERY FOUL they make is SAFE.

EVERY FOUL YOU MAKE WILL ALWAYS RESULT IN A YELLOW CARD OR AN IMMEDIATE RED.

Dont get me talking about teammate AI... the ball is a spiked bomb for them to avoid at all costs.

Oh.. and dribbling? Please. There is NO chance for you to do any skills whatsoever while the entire enemy team is Diego Maradona.

2/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Worst soccer game ever! i've played PES before and this is nothing like the old games

they forgot footy rules... for example I get fouls when I get a player to stretch to kick a ball (my guy hits ball first) and their player falls over me after the ball has left the play, so it cancels my goal (happend more than a few times) or my clear attempt and they get a penalty kick against me like WTF??? Not once have I seen this in professional soccer games not sure what crack they were smoking when they made the engine algorthim that decides fouls (fifa is better in this regard)
the AI(both my own or the oppenent) is dumber than FIFA in regards to that it stands in offside more often(I mean in situations were it isnt even reasonable for them to be in offside) then not (old PES games had a much smarter AI)
and lack of licening makes it horrible for immersing into teams (all PES games suffer from this although this makes me ask why in the world the game costs so much money)
the physics of this game is nothing special at all older PES games had better honestly I think PES is dead if this their trend
the graphics are out dated as well again nothing special at all, including the messed up invisible ball glitch or black screen while the gamecontinues just aweful
Last PES game I will buy!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
If you like action this game has it and for graphics its very good
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The gameplay mechanics on field are quite good, after a few hours you'll be clearly capable of executing some nice attacks and goals. However the presentation is quite weak, many basic configuration options are missing and the gameplay mechanics off-field are a joke and feel more like punishment.

Technically it suffers from texture problems, while players look stunning when very close to the camera, player details can look very ugly when just a little bit further away.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, officially abbreviated to PES 2014, also known in Japan and South Korea as World Soccer, The Best simulator!
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120 of 168 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
As a long standing FIFA fan I came into PES with an open mind, but I'm going to review this for other FIFA fans out there who no doubt like myself, may have spent years considering whether or not to try PES.

The game engine is phenomenal. Despite being so used to FIFA over the years I was impressed immediately by the physics and gameplay engine. In my opinion it's a far more realistic experience compared to FIFA. I can feel the different weights of the player, the force behind each pass, whether a striker will go down after being tapped during a tackle, etc. It makes for more lifelike gameplay, and that's something I've always felt FIFA has missed. Shooting and passing feels far more precise, and defending (while a little tricky to get a hang of) feels more tactically challenging. The AI isn't perfect and often experiences the same flaws that the FIFA engine has (opposition stops challenging for a dead ball because your player is slightly closer, poor commentating issues, are some examples). There's also an air of iritablity in the passing and shooting assist options; even with the settings turned right down the game can get the odd pass, tackle or shot completely wrong.

The gameplay atmosphere is brilliant. It feels like you're watching a big game on TV, you can feel the importance of each huge match and it spurs you on. Player celebrations, crowd chants and general aesthetics of the game are very pleasing. Champions and Europa League options are absolutely immersive and follow the prestige of the tournament very realisitically. The only downside I can think of is the poor commentating engine, which blatantly feels like the game is being reported by a couple of robots reading from a script.

Customisation is also brilliant, allowing fully custom squads and the ability to precisely fine tune pre-existing players. It certainly is a way to kill hours on end making bizarro squads and players. There's definitely a greater field for customisation than in any current FIFA title.

The main issue that irritated me is that the game feels small. There are the obvious licensing issues that PES faced meaning premier league and bundesliga teams are cheaply substituted into the game (Manchester City is Man Blue, Arsenal is North London FC, etc), while these can be imported through player made club packs, it takes away some prestige to the game. There's also no lower league action for English or any other European countries, meaning I can't play around in SkyBet Championship, League One, etc. Further woe for British squads as there are no Irish or Scottish leagues included (though you can still play as Celtic and Motherwell as standalone clubs). Tournaments within the game start to feel repetitive due to lack of team options. As someone who plays a lot of career and offline mode football, it seems small, and after a few hours I feel as if I've explored the game completely.

If you're new to football games, I'd definitely recommend PES 2014. If you're a FIFA fan, I wouldn't recommend it, but would urge you to try out the game/physics engine at some point.
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69 of 107 people (64%) found this review helpful
94.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
PES 2014 has very good graphics and physics... good gameplay, i think is more reallistic them FIFA 14 (i have them too), really great game for football lovers, need some updates but still very good game! 8/10
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91 of 158 people (58%) found this review helpful
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
That game is the most frustrating you'll ever play.

After forcing myself to try to like it I just can't.

Why ? Because the following happens all the time...

- I press the corresponding buttons for a simple pass toward the left, the player is sending it somewhere random between top to bottom, allowing for an interception.

- I try to make a through ball toward that forward who has open space right in front of him, the through ball goes in the right direction (gloria alleluïa, it is not always the case) but the auto player select feature switches my control to a player who has NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER to ever grab that through ball, by the time I can manually select my forward, the defender came back and cleared the ball

- The opponent is counter attacking since when they intercepted that ball that was simple but that my player just looked going right next to him without even trying to control it (which can be fortunate as sometimes the control is so awful that it is like a pass to the opposing team) so that opposing team is counter attacking and is making a through ball toward the forward, the auto player select thing switches my control to a defender that has NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER to ever be able to challenge the forward, by the time the manual selection switches me to a defender that has a chance to interfere with the action, the ball is either at the back of the net or in the hands of my goalkeeper.

- There is one chance out of ten that the player will actually pass or shoot without control as you ordered it. I don't care the guy is good at it or not, I don't care if in the end the pass is crap or he shoots in the crowd, I want that s.o.b. to do as I ordered. It will happen one time out of ten. It can be incredibly frustrating when you cross or make a through ball and you push the button so that your player shoot without control but no, the guy is controlling that ball giving just enough time for the defender or the goalkeeper to clear it.

Then they deleted many features of the master league that was good like staff, investments and the ability to negociate contracts all year round. I just don't understand why. Immersion in the Master League equals zero right now.

I am hugely disapointed by that game, PES is just getting worse and worse every year.

I don't give a damn about fancy stuff like the ability to manually aim when I shoot or control a player I want to pass the ball to if the simplest commands like passing (not even talking about a through ball) is not followed by a pass in the direction I commanded the pass to be, or if my players just can't shoot without control (even if the shoot is crap, I don't care). I could go on and on and on about the many situations where I ended up highly frustrated by one simple fact :
The players don't respond to the commands. You press left pass, the ball goes somewhere else, you press through ball in the direction of that player, it goes somewhere else or you end up with another player that has no chance to get ball. etc etc etc etc.

Alright you see my point.

Don't buy that crap.
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