Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 is certainly a stunning game (check out our review to find out why), but the game may be very new to some people, especially those who have made the switch from FIFA to PES. We've compiled a guide to help newcomers, and veterans, get to grips with the different features on offer, explaining everything from game modes to tactics and how to get licensed teams in the game.
Getting real teams and emblems onto your game (PS4)
The battle between FIFA and PES has always been a heated one, especially this year, with PES landing licensing deals with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. Konami are still missing a lot of licenses, though, but it has been improving its tools for editing and sharing files each year and now it's easier than ever not just to create your own elements with all sorts of little details but also to export them and send to friends for them to import.
If you don't want to create them yourself there are already a bunch of packs available on the internet with pretty decent pictures and data, so that you can now make your game feel authentic. We asked our Pro Evolution expert contact Javier Martínez about how to do this, and he gave us the following instructions on how to import real kits and emblems for the Spanish La Liga and the English Premier League. It's time to forget about MD White and start thinking Real Madrid.
Step 0. What you need.
• Your PlayStation 4 console, preferably updated to its latest system version.
• Your copy of PES 2017 for PS4, with both software and rosters up to date via Live Update. This means you'll have a more stable game and players on the right teams.
• An external USB storage device, formatted to the exFAT file system.
• A PC.
Step 1. Getting the already edited pictures and data.
The best thing about the PES world is undoubtedly its community, and thus there are several sources in which you can search for data packs. We for example opted for the Spanish long-running PESoccerWorld (requires registration), and in this case for the La Liga (23.17 MB) and Premier League (21.92 MB) teams. Again, you can choose any other creation recommended elsewhere.
Step 2. Copying the edited files to a USB drive.
Still on your PC, create a new folder with the name WEPES at the root directory of your USB drive. Inside, drop all the files and images provided by the folders you've downloaded. In our example, its a total of 203 bin and png files. Extract the disk and go to your PS4.
Step 3. Importing pictures to Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PS4).
Plug your USB drive into your console, run the game and go from main menu to Extras > Edit > Data Management > Import/Export.
Next, click on Import Images. In our example, we chose Strip (S) and Team Emblems. Start by the kit templates, importing all the pictures available. When the "Importing data" screen is done, you can do the same with the emblems. In this case perhaps you may want to just manually select the emblems, but you can also import all and wait.
As you can see, the Import Images menu also allows you to add Competition Emblems/logos, Manager Photos and even Stadium pictures. They're not included in these packs we've downloaded, but they're just as easy to find.
Step 4. Importing teams to Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PS4).
Once you've imported all the kits, you can repeat the process with the files including the real names and info on the teams. From the Import/Export menu, go to Import Team and select all the bin files available on the USB drive with the Square button. When in the next screen you can tick the second option to add additional data, but it's not necessary. From here, the editor will automatically add kits, emblems and real names to the previously fake teams. For example, Manchester United will overwrite Man Red. It'll take a couple of minutes.
Step 5: Have fun!
When the process is over, you'll get to witness the result both via the menus and inside matches. You now have real teams, and here's some gameplay and screens as proof:
This part of the guide applies to PS4 only. For guidance on other platforms, head this way.