PES 6 in the City (of Angels)

Thursday 11 May 2006
Konami has released details and shots of Pro Evolution Soccer 6 for the PS2 which has been unveiled at this week's E3.

Shots reveal that Konami has managed to secure the licenses to include the official kits for several international teams for PES 6 including Argentina, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The full list of which national and club team licenses Konami has managed to secure will be confirmed nearer the game's release which - we hope - will be later this year.

As for gameplay, PES producer Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka and his team have been working on the AI system to ensure that movement off the ball will seem more realistic. AI controlled players will apparently even point to the area where they want the ball played.

The shooting system has been tweaked to allow more snap shots to be taken on the half and full volley and there will also be more control over how players challenge to win aerial balls.

New feints and dribbling animations will feature, including some that allow strikers to roll round defenders, forcing them to stand off the player receiving the ball for fear of being turned. Long passes have been changed and can now be hit with a lower trajectory allowing the play to be switched from flank to flank with greater speed.

PES 6 will see the introduction of a new mode called International Challenge, which allows gamers to take their national team from qualifying stages through to international tournament glory.

The Master League will return, but it seems that some elements of PES Management have crept in - you'll now get pressure from the board for bad performances.