Konami's Latest PC Port Is Terrible

The PC versions of multi-platform games are supposed to look better, not worse.

As you may remember from last year, Konami's big sports series Pro Evolution Soccer now runs on the Fox Engine. As you may also remember from last year, for reasons unknown, the PC version of PES 2016 and the PC version alone (the PS4 and XB1 versions were gorgeous) looked like shit, despite Metal Gear Solid V — another Konami Fox Engine game — looking quite lovely on the same platform.

Well, sports fans, anyone hoping that was a one-off is going to be pretty upset with PES 2017, because once again, the PC has been left in the dust by the console versions.

The PC version is almost entirely lacking in visual effects beyond basic lighting.

While the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the same game have all kinds of colour and lighting and weather and sweat effects, the PC version lingers like a last-gen port, with washed-out visuals and bizarrely low-fi textures on things like the grass.

Ă–zilSweat is a feature exclusive to consoles, it seems.

It's not all bad. As you can see above, the most important models in the game — the players — are pretty similar to the current-gen console versions. But it's mostly bad, and these screens and videos don't really do it justice. When you sit down and actually play the PC and PS4 versions side by side, as I have this week, it's like playing two different games.

The featureless green mass that is the PC version's grass is particularly low rent.

2006 messaged, it wants its grass back.

Making matters worse is that the game plays differently on PC as well. It's not as bad as it was last year, where everything from animation to ball physics felt off, but it still feels more sluggish and less physical than it does on PS4.

All of which adds up to users (quite reasonably) suspecting that this is some kind of weird hybrid port, making use of some of the character models from the current-gen version of the game while drawing the rest of its code from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

This sucks. The PC can do better than this, and football fans on the PC deserve better than this. Hell, PES 2017 itself deserves better than this; the PS4 version is really good (my annual PES vs FIFA review rundown will come next month), so it's a shame that PC gamers can't enjoy the same calibre of sports game that folks playing on consoles can.

Most of the images in this post were taken from the video below, made by Candyland, which does an excellent job of rounding up a lot of the visual differences between the versions.


Comments

    Geeze, the last time I saw grass like that in a game was Links 2003.

    Was widely know last year that it was basically the PS3 version on PC and possibly code from the previous game. Looks like they aren't bothering with the PC version yet again. I hope PC players refuse to buy this.

    The worst bit is gamers like myself who play on PC will see this and quite rightly not buy this trash, and then Konami will come out and say there is no support on this platform.

    I've concluded that Konami has become a humorous game for some billionaire, the goal of which is to see whole terribly they can do their job while remaining profitable.

    I use similar logic to explain Donald Trump's presidential campaign...

    Konami's Latest PC Port Is Terrible

    Kotaku, please stop rerunning this article over and over! What's that? It's a different game each time!?

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