While the FIFA series has gone from strength to strength in India despite issues surrounding its distribution, Pro Evolution Soccer hasn’t had the easiest time at retail.
With FIFA 17 costing at least Rs. 3,999 for a disc copy, PES 2017 has reacted with a Rs. 1,000 price drop. Yes, you can pre-order PES 2017 for the PS4 and Xbox One for Rs. 2,999. To our knowledge, this makes it the cheapest new, non-remastered game on pre-order for Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles.
And if you have a PS3 and Xbox 360, it’s available for Rs. 2,499. The PC version is the cheapest at Rs. 999 - lower than the usual Rs. 1,799 price point we’ve seen, but nothing out of the ordinary. The aggressive pricing on consoles is perhaps an attempt for Konami to popularise the PES League. Last year’s India winner competed with the world’s best at Milan - albeit crashing out in the first round.
Although Konami has yet to confirm if India has a slot for this year’s PES League, the low price relative to its rival appears like an attempt to popularise the game. In our review, we found PES 2016 to be to be a competent entry in the series with faster gameplay and being undoubtedly easier to get into. The PES 2017 demo builds on this along with a cleaner UI and menus. With the game hitting the shelves world over from September 13, you won’t have to wait too long to find out for yourself.