In soccer, what dictates and separates the best from the rest is 1st touch control. In PES 2017, the 1st touch is calculated by player attributes, as well as the further inclusion of real ball physics directly controlled by the input ball touch. See how different players control the ball in unique and different ways based on where and how you control them, dictating the flow of the game based on how they react to the unpredictable movement of the ball. In addition, there is more control in how you receive passes, and depending on the pass, players can visually execute the exact play intended, from receiving a pass to sending the ball out again.
Strategies that are very much individually defined, such as Tiki-taka and tight marking, which is strongly based on team ideology, can now be set in “Advanced Instructions”, which adds a huge variety in how you plan to win. The renowned strategy to go in for heavy pressing such as Gegenpressing, the counter target strategy to not go all-in on pressing, and the heavy man-mark that some teams put into practice are all in this strategy setting. This vividly adds team identity and makes winning more rewarding, but most of all, it makes matches more fun through tactical strategies.
For the first time in a soccer game, the AI will learn how you play, listen to your strategy plans, follow your Advanced Instructions, and change tactics accordingly! Pass to a star player often? The opposition will double up on him and mark heavily. Like to constantly play down the wings? Players will cover their fullbacks to make you think twice! The AI will also adapt its attacking tactics, so if you are intercepting the opposition’s long passes, it will change to a short passing game! Player and team behavior has always been a staple of the PES series, and in PES 2017, Adaptive AI will change sports games forever.
New features such as Real Touch and Precise Pass see a huge benefit as hundreds of new animations have been added, giving a vast array of movements when trapping and passing the ball. Player interactions (collisions) are also further enhanced with player individuality clearly represented in detailed movements (e.g. Giroud strong in physicality and Özil strong in balance). The representation for balance in the body when being physically challenged is strongly supported through the 2 new parameters.