PES 2017 tips: help for FIFA players switching over to Pro Evo

Joining the dark side! How to make the switch and play for the opposition… (If you haven’t heard, PES 2017 borders on the extraordinary.) Professional games guide writer James Price provides assistance for anyone making the jump…

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It’s perhaps a little scruffy to behold at times (especially the Xbox One version), is often less than user-friendly, and probably won’t make a brilliant first impression if you’re attuned to FIFA’s customary polish. Stick with it, though, and PES 2017 is one of the most remarkable football games in many years.

It’s a little too early to be making definitive statements on its relative position in subjective all-time lists, but its robust and authentic simulation of real-life player behaviours and team tactics makes it a genuine contender.

With FIFA 17 a fortnight away, and with PES 2017 beguiling many players (seen our review of the brilliant PES 2017 yet?) with the sheer variety and substance of the stories that unfold in its match engine, we imagine that more than a few FIFA diehards are casting a few lingering glances in the direction of Konami’s latest. For that reason, we’ve put together this feature to help anyone who takes the plunge to configure the game and start enjoying PES 2017 in double-quick time. It’s more of a primer than a comprehensive guide, but it should be enough to get you up and running – or to whet your appetite even further if you’ve yet to commit.

It’s not a matter of choosing one game or the other. This isn’t like club teams, where you’re obliged to follow the side that your family, friends or impressionable glory-hunting ways as a youngster might have chosen for you until your dying breath. Based on our impressions of FIFA 17 to date, it may be that this is the year that mainstream gamers with an interest in football will be more likely to play both FIFA and PES for the full twelve months, and needless partisan bullshit or parsimony be damned.

It’s really not that that difficult to jump from FIFA to PES

And here’s the thing: it’s really not that that difficult to jump from FIFA to PES. The differences can be startling or jarring at first, but the shared genome that has evolved over years of both development teams cribbing each other’s best ideas means that it’s not like learning an entirely new game. But when things really start to click after several matches – well, that’s when PES 2017 really starts to shine as a truly distinct and engaging football simulation.

After all, what do you have to lose? If you buy a disc copy and PES doesn’t work out, you can trade it in towards FIFA in less than two weeks.