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Konami is now giving away PES 2019 for free – yes, seriously

The Lite version is out now on PS4, Xbox and PC

You can now play PES 2019 for free on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One, Konami has announced.

The Lite version of the game includes the PES League Mode, as well as offline exhibition matches, skill training and myClub.

If you’re fed up with the made-up team names, don’t sweat – the Edit mode is included too, which allows you to customise teams, stadiums and strips.

PES 2019 was well received by critics and fans alike

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PES 2019 was well received by critics and fans alike

Although there’s no online mode, the ‘full fat’ version of the game can also get snapped up for £1 through Xbox Games Pass.

You can currently buy a 12-month membership for £47.99 as part of the Christmas sale, giving you access to 100’s of titles including PES 2019 and Mortal Kombat X.

And to sweeten the deal, you can try the first month for just £1 if you haven’t used the service before.

PES is powered by the Fox Engine – although there are rumours it’ll be replaced with Unreal 4 next year

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PES is powered by the Fox Engine – although there are rumours it’ll be replaced with Unreal 4 next year

Still on the fence? Here’s what makes PES 2019 so good

Konami has kept gameplay largely the same this year – and why wouldn’t they? PES 2018 was a nearly perfect execution of how football should feel.

This year, they’ve added 11 new skills, including the cross-over turn, no-look pass, controlled chip, dipping shot and rising shot.

Players also show Visible Fatigue, which impacts performance and behaviour.

Some player faces in PES 2019 are incredible

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Some player faces in PES 2019 are incredible

Elsewhere, new shooting mechanics take into account improved ball physics, player and ball position, and player skills and shot styles.

This all helps make PES 2019 feel absolutely fantastic to play.

There’s little-to-no input delay, dribbling is exhilarating and responsive while banging in goals from outside the area is an absolute joy.

Goalkeepers have improved this year, so won’t leak goals from corners – meaning scoring feels every bit as rewarding as it should do.

CHECK OUT THE PES LITE TRAILER BELOW.