PES 2018 Review Roundup

By Jearoon Posted on in PES2018

It’s that time of year again! On Thursday 14th September, a shiny new version of Pro Evolution Soccer hits shelves (physically and digitally) across Europe. PES 2018’s pre-season kicked off in the best possible way, winning Best Sports Game at gamescom 2017. Certainly an encouraging start for Konami’s latest football game, and we’ve heard plenty of positive words from fans on the demo too.

But what do some of the big gaming publications think? The reviews have started to hit, and we’ve collected them all into this handy article for your convenience. Note that many reviews have refrained from offering a score until the servers go up, but you can still read their thoughts – and from what we’ve seen, they tend to be largely very positive thoughts indeed.


Click the below publication names for access to the full articles!

IGN – “A delicate, thoughtful, detailed game of football.”

Next Gen Gaming Blog – “the most accomplished PES in years”

GamesRadar – “PES 2018 is undoubtedly top-of-the-table where it counts: the pitch. This is PES back on form.”

God Is A Geek – “PES 2018 is a work of art, and easily the greatest football game you’ll ever play”

Trusted Reviews – “PES continues to play a sublime game of football” –

FOURFOURTWO – “Pensive without ever being ponderous, the revised match speed transforms gameplay – making this a simulation that requires brains as well as dexterity.”

VideoGamer – “PES 2018’s philosophy of slowing the game down just a tad has a rippling effect that is nothing but a delight.”

GameReactor – “a true polishing of the winning formula that has been established over the past few years”

G Reviews – “this game has took me by surprise and is a very big contender for the football game that will get 1500+ matches from me this year.”

Red Bull – “PES 2018 is wonderful on the pitch. Time will tell if it’s truly the greatest of all time, but right now, it could well be unbeatable.”

Stuff – “PES is a football game with real depth, that recreates the patterns of play you see on real pitches every Saturday afternoon more closely than ever before.”

Bleacher Report – “PES 2018 is a high point in the series and the product of a team that is now confidently yielding the benefits of long-term planning and design.”

Metro – “At times it seems indistinguishable from last year’s game, but the slower play speed and improved controls work well and make this the best PES yet.”

As you can see from the reviews, the early signs are very promising for PES 2018. The general consensus seems to be that, whilst PES 2018 doesn’t always represent a revolution from its predecessor, it does a great job at building on it, with slower more considered gameplay and impressive visual enhancements.

Played PES 2018 yet? What do YOU think? Let us know over on Twitter, Facebook and on the PES Fan forum HERE.