PES 2014's Own World Cup

by Matthew Kato on Mar 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Konami and its Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 title may not have the official World Cup license, but that doesn't mean you can't beat the world's best.

On March 26 the game will offer the World Challenge mode via a download on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The mode tasks you with taking a team or individual player through the qualification process of the World Cup-like International Cup competition. In Team mode you control team selection, tactics, etc. while Player mode puts you in the boots of a specific player; charging you with making the international squad.

The mode not only contains qualifying (and naturally the group and knockout stages of the tourney) but also lets you include international friendlies to sharpen your squad and tweak your roster.

World Challenge mode also introduces A.I. tweaks for player confidence, new cutscenes, and other presentation elements.

Free DLC and patch (required to get the mode) are also available the same day. The DLC includes updates to nine international kits, 11 new boots, 60 updates and inclusions for players like David Silva, and Adidas' Brazuca ball. Finally, the free patch contains gameplay improvements such as new anti-cheating features for online play.

World Challenge mode costs $4.99.

For more on the game, here's my review of PES 2014.