Pro Evolution Soccer has had it rough in recent years, as EA’s FIFA series has taken home the accolades and the sales. But word out of Gamescom 2014 suggests that’s about to change. PES 2015 took home the honors as the best sports game of the show. Konami’s Fox Engine, the same one that powers Metal Gear Solid 5, forms the heart of PES 2015. This was the case last year too, but Konami has admitted there were some first-year hiccups. Things looked prettier but slowed down too much. Much of the praise this year centers on the fluid gameplay, so it seems those early problems have been worked out.
Now awards like this don’t necessarily mean huge sales. I honestly couldn’t tell you what won best sports for 2013 at the show without looking it up. Still, positive press is a good thing for a franchise that’s been in rebuilding mode. Mario Gotze, who scored the game winning goal for Germany, will be the cover boy. It will release Nov. 11. That’s a lot later than FIFA’s Sept. 23 release date. With that big a gap between dates, the good words about PES may not be enough. A free demo of PES 2015 is coming Sept. 17 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. That will have it out before EA’s release date. Madden NFL 15 didn’t have a demo, and I suspect FIFA won’t either. A major selling point for EA Access is members getting to play new games five days before release.
If you’re a gamer that prefers to test drive new titles before buying, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015demo will be worth a look for you.