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After winning Gamescom’s “Best Sports Game,” award for the second year in a row, Konami have released a new playable demo on all digital platforms as of August 13th. With 2015 marking the series’ 20th anniversary, old and new fans alike are keen to get their hands on a taste of the upcoming game, and the demo gives them the best PES 2016 has to offer.

The free demo offers players the chance to pick one of eight clubs and national teams, letting them tailor make their squad as they please, and tantalisingly teases what is yet to come; single matches that last between six to ten minutes, including teams like Juventus, AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Corinthians, and Palmeiras, as well as the French and Brazilian national sides, which makes for a nicely diverse set of teams. Better still, each squad shows off a different playing style and skill level, and demonstrating just how realistic the Team and Player ID systems are this time around.

The goal of any PES game is to recreate football in the most realistic light possible, and the 2016 version is no exception. KONAMI’s mantra has always been “The pitch is ours,” and have made it a point to focus on delivering convincing, yet intense matches between users, as well as providing quality gameplay, and it shows. The Fox engine has been used to create immersive games on the pitch, and the Master League has been given a complete overhaul.
Various aesthetic and gameplay changes have also been implemented. aerial jostling has now been added in, as well as a wider range of tackles, better one on one control, and much improved goal keepers. Impressively, there are now three times as many animations included as opposed to PES 2015, and tiny details have been enhanced, such as grass flying around when the ball is kicked.

In short, grab the demo while you can, to get a full idea of what’s to come. If you choose to pre order, the three different editions will net you a handful of goodies and help you get ahead in PES’ myClub mode. The Day One edition comes with a player loan for Neymar Jr, one player from UEFA.com (TOTY 2014), 10, 000 GP for ten weeks, ten recovery items, and three player contracts. The Anniversary edition for PS3 and PS4 offers the same, but extends the 10,000 GP to twenty weeks, offers twenty recovery items, five player contracts, 1000 myClub coins, and an exclusive steelbook. Finally, the digital only PSN pre order gets you the player loan for Neymar Jr, one player from UEFA.com (TOTY 2014), the twenty recovery items and five player contracts, but the 10,000 GP is only for fifteen weeks.

PES 2016 hits stores on September 18th, and will be available on PlayStation 4, 3, Xbox One, 360, and PC.