Compared with the previous work, PES 2020 has made a big step forward in football game, which is a kind of improvement in detail, different from the amazing feeling that cross-generational works bring to people, but also far-reaching impact. It feels like the game developer has finally upgraded the Fox engine’s usage skills to a level of 95, bringing many of the original 85-point processing solutions to a completely different look and feel.
The first is passing the ball. Over the years, one of the greatest characteristics of the PSE series compared with the “FIFA” series is that its performance of passing is relatively mechanical, and in the specific form of presentation, it is less natural and “improvised” than “FIFA”, lacking of variables. This situation has been improved to a certain extent in new work. Although the overall effect of passing is not as dramatic as “FIFA”, it is much better than previous works.
The goalkeeper’s performance is also more satisfactory than before. This change is not that the goalkeeper has become stronger or weaker, but that his reaction has become more real. Now, computer-controlled goalkeepers become smarter when choosing whether to hit or not, and more realistic when choosing to hit or pool. In fact, goalkeepers are almost always the most desperate person in the penalty area. They often work very hard under repeated shots from their opponents. Although they may not always succeed, they are much smarter than previous works.
Not only the goalkeeper, but also the overall AI of the players has improved. This does not mean that the game is more difficult, but that the players on the court behave more naturally and smoothly than before. Even foul action is like this, you can clearly distinguish which acts are malicious fouls, which acts are simply the accident of scrambling. If you play enough games, you can also find that the referee may miss some key actions because of his position, which adds some variables that are not fair, but are particularly interesting.
In addition to the changes mentioned above, there are many improvements in the operation experience, such as the collision between the ribbon and the body, which has more diversified performance in this work. This kind of improvement can actually be combined into a vocabulary, that is, more reality. In the digital world to restore a completely real football field may never be able to complete 100% of the work, but in this era of weak performance, “PES 2020” or efforts to push this task forward, it is very gratifying.
In addition to the core game and operational experience, PES 2020 has made similar improvements in other more superficial mechanisms. The “Master League” that allows players to play both as managers and players has also been comprehensively improved, and the overall depth has increased considerably. Almost all systems under this model have added new adjusting elements, such as the separation of wage budgets from transfer budgets, such as setting transfer policies for players, such as richer loan options. These new contents make the Master League more abundant in playing methods and have a certain degree of improvement in depth. Of course, its depth has not yet reached the level of “Football Manager” series, but in vertical comparison, it is absolutely more profound than any previous work.
PES 2020 also adds tactical choices to the field, including Gegenpress, False 9 and Tiki-Taka. Although my personal test is not complete enough, I think the pseudo-No. 9 tactic is the best to be restored and the most gameplay. The so-called “pseudo-9” refers to the tactical judgment that allows a center to withdraw regularly to get the ball in the midfield and let the other side take charge of marking him. If the central defender chooses to follow, it will be easy to have a big gap behind him. The attacking side can use this gap to achieve a breakthrough. It sounds like a very effective tactic, but in practice, only the most talented players can do the job well. Therefore, it is often a personal game, such as the King of Coal Balls. In the game, if the player’s dribbling level is too hard, this tactic can also play a very powerful force.
In terms of online warfare, according to the feedback from players around the world, the server status of PES 2020 seems to have improved to some extent than last year. However, from my personal test, connecting to an offshore game server is always a matter of looking at the face. In the actual game, my personal test is always a connection problem, while another friend who use PES 2020 Cheats in the game is unbeatable smoothly. So, I’m afraid you’ll have to do some personal testing before you can find out what the network is like. But then again, even when the network is at its best, delays can still have an impact on subtle operations.