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Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 Review

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 is the latest installment of one of the most popular Sports franchises out there. Remaining in the Top 5 UK Sales Charts even as time goes on and the release week is in its rear-view mirror, this title has brought some mixed opinions from gamers worldwide. I’m here to give a fresh perspective to the game in the following RealGamerNewz review which will be blunt and honest and give a more informative viewpoint on what PES 2014 is all about.

Gameplay / Controls: The excitement of PES 2014 really comes to a high level when players build their own team in Master League mode through negotiations / transfers, then go on to play as this team in matches earning money back on the budget and aiming towards title accomplishments such as being #1 in the League and having players picked up for the Nationals. The fun factor is very high as controls are tight and matches are intense, giving a great rewarding feeling to launching shots into the enemy’s goal. The tutorials do well to teach newcomers what’s going on, and challenges are meant to allow veterans to sharpen up their skills while earning a greater sense of strategy / tactics along the way. Master League allows players to play as the manager as well as the team, but skipping matches speeds things up at the risk of taking a Loss or Draw due to the random factor.

In Become A Legend mode gamers walk through the shoes of a single Soccer player while going through his career, earning a name for himself, and working with the teams he becomes part of symbiotically. Become A Legend mode also allows you to play as your alter ego for the an alternative experience and features some interesting moments of gameplay including being subbed out when you’re fatigue is low as well as a sense of ‘co-op-etition’ (co-operation mixed with competitive elements) among the other players on your team.

Artificial Intelligence / Difficulty: PES 2014 is not exactly a casual video game you’re just going to pick up and be amazing at. Even at lower difficulty levels you won’t so much as pass the ball up-field without a tremendous effort until you begin to grasp the core elements of the game. At times it seems as if every one of your teammates is so obsessed with getting the  ball for themselves that they don’t even perform any type of blocking. You’ll get rushed by a bunch of opponents at once and they’ll just be standing there like “I’m open man” even though your player has no possible chance of passing the ball without it being stolen. That being said, Exhibitions are by far the most gruesome experience. One thing that was really fascinating about this game is that the morale of your team and the crowd’s cheering / jeering from the stands greatly effects the competence of your player and his teammates.

Forming your own team in Master League mode and drafting really good players avoids a lot of headaches. The pleasure and mastery really begins at this point. Oh, and another thing – fouls are really easy to achieve if you use anything besides the most lightweight attempts at stealing the ball. I personally broke three people’s legs in my first match before I realized this game is meant for delicate and precisely planned actions, that goes for shooting goals too. Overall the A.I. is very good but players with low stats or experience are just not good teammates, players worth a million or more are very good teammates. The lesson here is to pay the extra and dump the cheap players from your roster. As far as the accuracy and precision requirement, it is very frustrating at first but extremely enjoyable once you master it. The payoff makes the difficulty of this game worth it and the learning curve isn’t really that hard it’s just frustrating mentally to watch yourself be so bad at a game straight away.

Graphics / Art Direction: PES 2014 is a good looking game. Like all games, it doesn’t really look anywhere near as good as the screenshots make it out to be. Some issues exist in the graphics including repetitive animations. Sometimes all players do the same body movements at exactly the same time in sync with each other. This doesn’t occur in the middle of a match but rather when a flag is called, or ball goes out of bounds, or during other moments in the game so it’s strictly an aesthetic issue and does not effect the Soccer gameplay itself. There are also some frame rate issues. The game’s graphics rendering will stutter at times. However, once again this is an issue that does not exist during the actual Soccer gameplay and only other parts of the title. Playing Soccer is a graphically pleasing experience that looks pretty flawless and photo-realistic. The art direction of the game is photo-realism, and PES 2014 does a great job of this while you are actually playing the Sport it simulates.

Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: Commentary in the game is done with some very realistic voice-over work. The broadcasters of the matches are usually right on point with their comments and quips. Most of the time the voice-overs are queued in sync with the action on-screen. Unfortunately, like most Sports titles players will still hear that one-off random comment from a broadcaster that is out of place to what’s going on in the match.

Sometimes sounds stutter outside of gameplay moments, such as when transitioning from a replay back to the action. Everything will go silent for less than a quarter of a second, then the sound will return. Again, we are happy to see this glitch does not occur during the actual Soccer match – it will only bother gamers slightly and won’t interfere with their gameplay experience (which is good, but the glitch existing at all still hurts the overall experience a bit).

Stadiums and Teams:

There’s 18 stadiums in the game, 13 of which are licensed and the other 5 are including generic stadiums such as ‘The Konami Stadium’ and ‘Royal London Stadium’. You’ll also have access to the following teams below including the Italian League, Portugal League, Brazilian League, Argentine Primera Division, Chilean Primera Division, Latin American Teams, the AFC Champions League, and more.

Japanese League:

  • North London
  • West Midlands Village
  • South Wales
  • London FC
  • South Norwood
  • Merseyside Blue
  • West London White
  • Yorkshire Orange
  • Merseyside Red
  • Man Blue
  • Manchester United (licensed)
  • Tyneside
  • Norfolk City
  • Hampshire Red
  • The Potteries
  • Wearside
  • West Glamorgan City
  • North East London
  • West Midlands Stripes
  • East London

Ligue 1 (full license):

  • AC Ajaccio
  • SC Bastia
  • Girondins De Bordeaux
  • Evian Thonon Gaillard
  • EA Guingamp
  • LOSC Lille
  • FC Lorient
  • Olympique Lyonnais
  • Olympique De Marseille
  • AS Monaco FC
  • Montpellier Herault SC
  • FC Nantes
  • OGC Nice
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Stade De Reims
  • Stade Rennais FC
  • AS Saint-Etienne
  • FC Sochaux-Montbeliard
  • Toulouse FC
  • Valenciennes FC

Italian League (all teams licensed):

  • Atalanta B.C
  • Bologna FC
  • Cagliari Calcio
  • Calcio Catania
  • A.C. Chievo Verona
  • ACF Fiorentina
  • Genoa CFC
  • Inter
  • Juventus F.C.
  • S.S. Lazio
  • A.S. Livorno
  • A.C. Milan
  • S.S.C. Napoli
  • Parma F.C.
  • A.S. Roma
  • U.C Sampdoria
  • Sassuolo
  • Torino F.C.
  • Udinese Calcio
  • Verona

Eredivisie (full license):

  • ADO Den Haag
  • Ajax
  • AZ
  • Cambuur Leeuwarden
  • Feyenoord
  • Go Ahead Eagles
  • FC Groningen
  • SC Heerenveen
  • Heracles Almelo
  • NAC Breda
  • N.E.C. Nijmegen
  • PSV
  • RKC Waalwijk
  • Roda JC Kerkrade
  • FC Twente
  • FC Utrecht
  • Vitesse
  • PEC Zwolle

LIGA BBVA (full license):

  • UD Almeria
  • Athletic Club
  • Atletico Madrid
  • FC Barcelona
  • Real Betis
  • Celta De Vigo
  • Elche CF
  • RCD Espanyol
  • Getafe CF
  • Granada CF
  • Levante UD
  • Malaga CF
  • CA Osasuna
  • Rayo Vallecano
  • Real Madrid
  • Real Sociedad
  • Sevilla FC
  • Valencia CF
  • Real Valladolid
  • Villarreal CF

Portugal League:

  • Aratalcao
  • Arimelcao
  • Blemotao
  • SL Benfica (licensed)
  • SC Braga (licensed)
  • Estralpao
  • Gavorence
  • Maseadeira
  • Nardimcol
  • Osquancha
  • Pacos de Ferreira (licensed)
  • FC Porto (licensed)
  • Rovaneche
  • Esportiva
  • Visicutao
  • Verfolcao

Other European Teams (all teams licensed):

  • RSC Anderlecht
  • Sparta Prague
  • FC Copenhagen
  • Nordsjaelland
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Schalke 04
  • Olympiacos FC
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • Legia Warsaw
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Zenit St. Petersburg
  • Celtic FC
  • Motherwell FC
  • Galatasaray A.S.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk

Copa Libertadores (full license):

  • Arsenal F.C.
  • Boca Juniors
  • Newell’s Old Boys
  • Tigre
  • C.A. Velez Sarsfeld
  • Club Bolivar
  • San Jose
  • The Strongest
  • Atletico Mineiro
  • SC Corinthians
  • Fluminense FC
  • Gremio
  • Palmeiras
  • Sao Paulo
  • Huachipato
  • Deportes Iquique
  • Universidad De Chile
  • Deportes Tolima
  • Millonarios
  • Santa Fe
  • Barcelona S.C.
  • C.S. Emelec
  • Liga De Quito
  • Leon
  • Tijuana
  • Toluca
  • Cerro Porteno
  • Club Libertad
  • Club Olimpia
  • Real Garcilaso
  • Sporting Cristal
  • Univ. Cesar Vallejo
  • Defensor Sporting
  • Nacional
  • C.A. Penarol
  • Caracas F.C.
  • Deportivo Anzoategui
  • Deportivo Lara

Brazilian League (all teams licensed):

  • Atletico Mineiro
  • Atletico Paranaense
  • EC Bahia
  • Botafogo
  • SC Corinthians
  • Coritiba
  • Cricuma
  • Cruzeiro
  • Flamengo
  • Fluminense FC
  • Goias
  • Gremio
  • SC Internacional
  • Nautico
  • Ponte Preta
  • Portuguesa
  • Santos FC
  • Sao Paulo
  • Vasco Da Gama
  • E.C. Vitoria

Argentine Primera Division (full license):

  • C.A. All Boys
  • Argentinos Juniors
  • Arsenal F.C
  • Atletico De Rafaela
  • C.A. Belgrano
  • Boca Juniors
  • C.A. Colon
  • Estudiantes De La Plata
  • Gimnasia La Plata
  • Godoy Cruz
  • Lanus
  • Newell’s Old Boys
  • Club Olimpo
  • Quilmes Atletico Club
  • Racing Club Avellaneda
  • River Plate
  • Rosario Central
  • San Lorenzo
  • Tigre
  • C.A.Velez Sarsfeld

Chilean Primera Division (full license):

  • Antofagasta
  • Aufax Italiano
  • Cobreloa
  • Cobresal
  • Colo-Colo
  • Everton De Vina Del Mar
  • Huachipato
  • Deportes Iquique
  • Deportivo Nublense
  • O’Higgins
  • Palestino
  • C.S.D. Rangers
  • Santiago Wanderers
  • Union Espanola
  • Union La Calera
  • Universidad Catolica
  • Universidad De Chile
  • Universidad Concepcion

Other Latin American Teams (all teams licensed):

  • Atletico Goianiense
  • Figueirense
  • Palmeiras
  • Sport Recife

AFC Champions League (full license):

  • Central Coast Mariners
  • Beijing Guoan
  • Guangzhou Evergrande
  • Guizhou Renhe
  • Jiangsu Sainty
  • Esteghlal
  • Sepahan
  • Tractorsazi Tabriz
  • Vegalta Sendai
  • Urawa Red Diamonds
  • Kashiwa Reysol
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima
  • Al Gharafa
  • Al Rayyan
  • El Jaish
  • Lekhwiya
  • Al Ahli
  • Al Ettifaq
  • Al Hilal
  • Al Shabab
  • FC Seoul
  • Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
  • Pohang Steelers
  • Suwon Bluewings
  • Buriram United
  • Muangthong United
  • Al Ain
  • Al Jazira
  • Al Nasr
  • Al Shabab Al Arabi
  • Bunyodkor
  • Pakhtakor

Other Asian Clubs (all teams licensed):

  • Al Ittihad
  • Al Nassr

Extra leagues:

  • PEU League for European region. 20 fictional teams.
  • PLA League for Latin American region. 20 fictional teams.
  • PAS League for Asian region. 20 fictional teams.
  • PDII League for 2nd division. 18 fictional teams.

National teams:


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (unlicensed)
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Wales


  • Algeria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
  • Zambia

North & Central America:

  • Costa Rica
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • United States

South America:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela


  • Australia
  • China
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • UAE
  • Uzbekistan
  • New Zealand

Classic Teams:

  • European Classics
  • World Classics

Multiplayer Aspect: When taking the Master League mode of the game Online, PES 2014 gets an international community of players to add a more competitive and real feel to playing as a Soccer team manager and team. Exhibitions are also playable online in both Ranked and Friendly format. Other than a few frustrations such as opponents taking a long time in the menu system or pausing the game to go for a beer when the two of you only just started – playing PES 2014 is a decent experience.

Replay Ability: Very High – As with all Sports games, the rules of the game and the natural appeal will never fade. As long as you have two controllers and a friend, or even one controller and a desire to have fun, this game will be replayable for you. There’s nothing holding you back from playing this game for many years to come.

Engine Performance: Medium – There are some problems with the game’s graphics, sound, and animations, but none of this takes place while you are gaming and playing Soccer. All of the engine performance issues occur outside of those crucial moments. During the Soccer gameplay, PES 2014 plays flawlessly. This is puzzling and troubling in some ways, but not enough to avoid enjoying this game if you have an interest in Pro Evolution Soccer. Perhaps a patch could remedy these problems, but we can’t stress enough how great the engine works during Soccer gameplay, thereby cancelling out any issues experienced off the field.

Final Verdict: Far from a bad game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 brings a compelling experience to the Sports genre for gamers of all kinds to enjoy. Nothing but good times are in store for those who are obsessed with this sport, or those who just love playing Sports video games. The initial shock of a game that doesn’t hold your hand is perhaps a symptom of how bad we’ve become at games as a culture since the recent ‘accessibility’ renaissance of western games. PES 2014’s Master League is the highlight of this title and that mode alone is truly deserving of many gameplay hours. A small amount of glitches that occur when you aren’t on the field hold this game back from becoming a perfect RGN Diamond Game. Overall Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 earns an impressive 9 out of 10, making it one of RGN’s Gold Games.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9/10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer: PES Productions

Publisher: Konami

Available On: PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360

Coming Soon On: PC / PS2 / PSP

Played On: PlayStation 3

Review Copy Info- A Digital Copy of the game, Online Pass, and Pre-Order DLC were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20131002 and was last modified on 20131024 .