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eFootball PES 2020: Hands on and gameplay first impressions of Konami’s upcoming release

‘Playing is believing’ is the tagline for eFootball PES 2020 – a statement that couldn’t be more true about the latest instalment in the popular Konami franchise.

Dream Team Gaming got hands on with the upcoming release during an event at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena as the Bundesliga Champions were announced as an official partner of PES 2020.

#SquadGoals

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#SquadGoals

Bayern join a host of European super clubs including; Barcelona, Arsenal, Man United and Juventus as part of the Konami stable that will feature on the upcoming demo – due to be released on July 30.

Further improvements to the stunning animations that have become a fixture of every PES release whetted our appetite before kick-off, with the Allianz Arena impeccably captured in-game to reflect it’s exact look in real life.

In-game, the new default camera angle for PES 2020 immediately stood out to us – the view adding a unique broadcast feel to your match experience.

The traditional view has had a complete overhaul to mirror the broadcast of real-life football, to the extent where those who walk into the room unaware that it’s PES on the TV would be forgiven for thinking they were watching real football.

Double take

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Double take

The gameplay feels smoother than ever with PES 2020’s improved defensive mechanics one of the many new features that stuck out to us within minutes of our first exhibition match.

AI controlled defenders are now prepared to throw their bodies on the line more than ever to block shots, stop dangerous runs and intercept threatening through balls.

Defensive mechanics have had a complete overhaul

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Defensive mechanics have had a complete overhaul

It’s not only defensively where the animations have had a makeover.

A more varied arsenal of movements are now available in the final third and have boosted the dynamism with which forward players look to create space off the ball and make runs in behind defences.

The introduction of the finesse dribble is a tool that is set to revolutionise the way in which you, as an attacker, will seek to outsmart defenders in one-on-one situations.

One-on-one situations will never be the same again

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One-on-one situations will never be the same again

A player can now pull off a skill move by simply tapping the right stick, triggering small-level tricks like ball-rolls and step overs, but the in-game situation you find yourself in will dictate the skill your player chooses to implement.

Konami enlisted the expertise of Andres Iniesta to help shape the authenticity of the dribbling mechanics that feature in PES 2020.

The former Barcelona midfielder gave his detailed feedback to developers and those notes were then used to help mould new actions such as; the finesse dribble, dummy kick and no touch control.

Although we only got to experience PES 2020’s exhibition and co-op modes, Matchday is a brand new mode that we can’t wait to play.

Every week, Konami will select a featured match before allowing players worldwide to pick one of the two clubs involved to represent.

Players will compete in a series of one-on-ones, scoring points for their chosen team, picking up points not just for goals and victories, but also for other metrics like passes completed.

At the end of the week, the two highest scoring players from each side are invited to compete in an online final.

Game on

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Game on

As part of Bayern’s exciting partnership with Konami, 11 players for the Bundesliga champions have had their likeness impeccably captured, including Serge Gnabry who will have his signature ‘stir’ celebration feature in eFootball PES 2020.

Gnabry described it as an “honour” to see his iconic celebration in the game

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Gnabry described it as an “honour” to see his iconic celebration in the game

eFootball PES 2020 is released on September 10, with the demo dropping July 30 on PS4, Xbox One and PC – you can pre-order the game now.