44 pro evolution soccer 2018 The next evolution of control • PLATFORM PS4, XBOX ONE, PS3, XBOX 360, PC* • STYLE 1 TO 8-PLAYER SPORTS (ONLINE TBA) • PUBLISHER KONAMI • DEVELOPER KONAMI • RELEASE SEPTEMBER 12 K onami talks about this year’s PES as the start of a three-year cycle defined by a roadmap that includes multiple areas of the franchise, openness to fan feedback, licensing, and other ini-tiatives. Regardless of the marketing wrapper sur-rounding the unveiling of the fall title, after I played even a little of PES 2018 I could tell it was different, and a break from the past. I’ve really liked the past couple iterations of the series, but if PES 2018’s gameplay signals the start of something new, we’ll have lots to look forward to in the coming years. The game is noticeably slower than previous efforts, and perhaps it’s because you see and feel players take more touches with the ball as they hot 50 dribble. While this may sound more cumbersome, it’s a welcome change because it allows players with high dribbling skills to perform the way they should. Conversely, get too ambitious with a move, try to barge your way through traffic, or spam the speed-burst button, and the ball will inevitably get away from you.