When it comes to soccer, there are a number of elements which make it one of the greatest sports in the world. The passion, the culture, the individuality of clubs and their fans. The unique styles of play from various teams and leagues around the world. The rivalries, the derbies and history which has been built over many years of play. More or less, personality, is what makes soccer great. Unfortunately, PES 17 doesn’t have any of this. As its presentation, gameplay and modes leave plenty to be desired, and create what is a hollow experience and poor simulation of the beautiful world game, soccer.
The first main issue, one which plagues the game throughout its entirety, is simple the lack of variety in teams and leagues. This is due to the fact PES simply doesn’t have the licenses, for the majority of leagues and clubs in the world. Except for a small collection of high profile teams, including Barcelona and Liverpool FC. Meaning you’ll often be playing against teams such as Man Red (Manchester United), or West London (Chelsea). Although these teams do often have the actual players. It just doesn’t have much immersion when you are in the Champions League final, against MD White (Real Madrid)
This has hindered the PES series for a long time, and is a significant problem for players such as myself. Who love starting a career with a team in a random league around the world, such as Turkey, Japan, or Sweden, and learning about different leagues and having different experiences. While PES doesn’t bother offering leagues, where they can’t get the license for at least one team. Which is fair, albeit it does mean there is far less variety, compared to its competitor FIFA.