With PES 2021 winding down, we're taking a look at whether it's worth buying Konami's next release, PES 2022.
Is it worth buying PES 2022?
In short, yes - it is worth buying PES 2022.
Konami has been working hard to make PES 2022 as enjoyable as it can be!
As things stand, Konami has deals in place with plenty of footballing heavyweights.
The flagship club is Juventus, who do not appear in any other game thanks to their agreement with Konami.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been strong flagbearers for PES over the years, with both club's stadiums - the Nou Camp and Allianz Arena, exclusive to PES 2021.
If they were to secure another exclusive club, one of these would be the most likely - but whether Konami can get around EA's deals with La Liga and the Bundesliga remains to be seen.
Despite losing deals for AC Milan and Inter Milan last year, Konami did manage to secure AS Roma on an exclusive deal, with Lazio now also a partner club for the PES brand.
And most recently have signed an exclusive partnership with Atalanta.
Similar deals are in place for English giants Manchester United and Arsenal, but an exclusive deal here is pretty much impossible due to EA's relationship with the Premier League.
PES 2021 Partner Clubs
- Barcelona (stadium exclusive)
- Bayern Munich (stadium exclusive)
- Juventus (exclusive)
- Atalanta (exclusive)
- Manchester United
- Roma (exclusive)
- Lazio (stadium exclusive)
- Napoli (*NEW*)
- Celtic (stadium exclusive)
- Rangers (stadium exclusive)
- Zenit St Petersburg (exclusive)
- River Plate (exclusive)
- Boca Juniors (exclusive)
Other licensed clubs include Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, Olympiakos, Panathinaikos and Shakhtar Donetsk.
We have known for a while that Konami was focusing their efforts on PES 2022 for the Next Gen consoles.
Konami has even teased us with footage using the Unreal engine set to revamp the game which you can see above.
One of the game modes that can truly compete with FIFA. Master League is right up there with Career Mode and can offer a more detailed and personal feel than the FIFA equivalent.
With an extra year of development, Master League could blow Career Mode out of the water later this year.
It's famous for its story themed development, and the ability to pick a footballing legend as your manager avatar.