I've been a FIFA player for a long time both on console and mobile, but the recent iterations of the franchise have left me indifferent to put it mildly. The FIFA games continue to be very popular but with a different audience than the one I'm part of. In other words, if you liked FIFA 14 - with the various modes and an optional Ultimate Team mode - then you probably don't like the latest FIFA. Konami has now decided to offer some competition to EA's juggernaut by developing PES 2017 for mobile in the hope of reigning supreme on the App Store. The game is currently soft-launched in Australia, and I haven't had a chance to play it yet.

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According to our forum thread, the game lets you build your team through scouting, agents, and auctions, and then play against others in real-time PvP. Apparently the game doesn't have touch controls but only swipe ones, and they aren't the best either. Of course this is still a soft launch, so it might be an early build. Hopefully we'll get a good football game at the end of it.

  • curtneedsaride

    Wow. Not only does PES not have licenses, but they've also gone online-only, have only one mode which is much like FIFA's Ultimate Team junk, they don't even have classic controls, AND there's no hope for a premium offline career mode... Since I have no desire to play against other people, this sounds like it's actually worse than this year's FIFA in my opinion. And I didn't think that would be possible. So... Now we have two of the same type of game, and one licenses and turn-based matches while the other has no licenses and shoddy online player vs. player matches. This sport is doomed. We can't get a good premium mobile career mode anymore and we can't have a serious management game where we can manage MLS on our phones.

    • Nick Smith

      Bring back the Winning Eleven name and bring this series back to top glory like it once was...

      • Mikiesque

        If you choose Japanese language than the name automatically changes to Winning Eleven!

        BTW - gameplay is absolutely amazing! Yes it is only MyClub mode but that was expected. There's plenty of game to be played here - not sure why people whinge without even trting it properly first.

        Controls are ace and you can pull of pretty much everything you can do in a console version!!!

        Very inpressed so far!!!

      • Nick Smith

        Damn! Wish I could just play it in English with the title set as Winning Eleven. It just hasn't been the same ever since it became Pro Evo. Glad to hear some positive opinions on it as well.

    • Sangeet Shukla

      Play Dream League soccer.

    • Bijoy Bhowmick

      There are different modes also, just like dream league. Stop confusing people. It does have career mode. You are right that you have to be connected to the Internet, but that doesn't mean you only have to play against online players.

  • Regjohn

    How about giving us the proper football game we all hoped for? This is bs.

  • lezrock

    I dont get it. The mobile market is huge and developers are going to neglect their "hardcore" fan base time after time. Why the hell cant they just make everyone happy? A premium AAA Football game will always dominate the top ranks of the store.

    • http://www.twitter.com/robfunnell3 Rob Funnell

      Their "hardcore" fan base plays on the consoles, which is an infinitely better experience. Any "hardcore" football fans who play exclusively on mobile devices are a ridiculously small minority, unfortunately.

      • Sanket Kambli

        i am that small minority

  • http://www.twitter.com/robfunnell3 Rob Funnell

    Mesut Ozil has just been announced as a PES ambassador so I'm going to blindly download this and buy as much IAP as I can until my card gets declined.

    • curtisrshideler

      As a True Blue, I'll have to avoid this on principle now.

      • http://www.twitter.com/robfunnell3 Rob Funnell

        We can no longer be friends.

    • Sanket Kambli

      me too! coyg!

  • Prit Attal

    It's the best football game i have ever played

  • Sangeet Shukla

    As there is no offline gameplay I am stick with Dream league soccer 16.

    • Sanket Kambli

      me too, DLS is unbeatable !

  • Sanket Kambli

    Dream league soccer is still old school, nothing comes close to it

  • Inko-chan

    compared to DLS and Fifa, this has superior, more fluid gameplay. Fifa is so clunky and dont get me started with Dream League Soccer, its not even fluid, heck its like so scripted and inferior. But I do think PES is on another level (considering its 1 GB compared to 200 MBs on the other 2 games) The only cons is that no offline play which is a bummer. Overall PES ends my search of a beautiful, fluid, football gameplay on mobile devices. If you guys want to play offline with proper gameplay, get a console.