Developers Konami have leaned on all the experience from their long-running Pro Evolution Soccer franchise to bring this summer’s competition to life on PlayStation4, XboxOne, PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
The timing couldn’t be better for fans of the series, after its stunning return to form with its 2016 edition.
Indeed, if you already own PES 2016 then you’ll be able to play this game as a free download.
Slick gameplay is a given and it is in this department where you don’t feel let down. Be it the feeling of exhilaration when Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is in possession, or the intuitive passing from Spain’s metronomic midfield.
PES has always been played at 100 miles per hour and it is no different this time.
It is fun, fast and beautiful to watch. From the movement of the ball, to the way it vividly brings to life all the fanfare in the stands as flags are patriotically waved and the attention to detail on the kits.
Hours of work have also gone into creating the likenesses for the roster of players. There is no way you’ll be mistaking Harry Kane for Wayne Rooney on this title.
Regrettably, this is where the sense of reality starts to fade. For an offiially-licenced product, it seems unforgivable only 15 of the 24 teams taking part have their actual kits.
You would also expect to see every stadium which is hosting matches in France to be represented. This is anything but the case.
Only the Stade de France makes it in. The ground admittedly looks gorgeous, but what about all theothers?
This is a long-term weakness of PES when compared to FIFA. No such problems existed for EA Sports’ World Cup updates.
This isn’t a perfect representation, but at just Dh149, football fans can’t go too far wrong.
We rate it: 7 out of 10: The responsive play is great, but the lack of licences really detract from it.
Where to Buy: Virgin Megastore, Dubai Mall is one of many places to pick up your copy in the UAE
Whether you’re a CrossFit fanatic, yoga guru or urban runner, these trainers will fit the bill. And with the price dropped from Dh495 to Dh300 for men and Dh445 to Dh270 for women, there has never been a better time to make the purchase.
The iconic pump on the side of the trainers ensures a customized fit is guaranteed. Gas-fueled carbonated foam and a padded sockliner cushion mean you will also have consistency underfoot.
The reflective eyelets and heel pulls are a necessity for joggers looking to escape the UAE’s punishing summer heat by running at night, helping you to stay safe at all times.
With so much to offer from the trainer, plus the undeniably cool pump feature, you cannot go wrong at this price.
Price: Dh300 for the men’s version and Dh270 for the women’s version
Where to Buy: Available at Reebok outlets across the UAE
Ever since leaving school I have tried to maintain fitness levels by going to the gym around two or three times a week.
It became a very comfortable routine that, while not thrilling in any way, seemed to do the job adequately. However not once did I question whether there was a type of training I may really enjoy doing, or even benefit more from.
After moving to Dubai I decided it was time to find a new fitness activity, but had no idea where to start. I wanted something constant that would take me out of my comfort zone, but also a fitness timetable that could be molded around my irregular work patterns as a sports journalist.
A friend recommended ClassDive, which is a subscription service that allows you to sign up for a wide variety of fitness classes. The AED209/month Basic package lets participants choose up to four classes a month, while the AED399/month Flexi Fit gives users unlimited access.
I excitedly signed up and, one month on, am happy to report that I feel entirely rejuvenated for doing it.
The variety was remarkable and there was something to fit every taste. I signed up to four new classes, which would ensure that I was able to experience the wide variety on offer. My chosen activities were located in very close proximity to my marina base and I was never left disappointed by a lack of space for my preferred timings.
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FITLIFE DXB BOOTCAMP
As soon as I saw the bootcamp’s SkyDive Dubai location, I signed up straight away. Despite the rapidly-rising May temperatures, exercising outdoors is one of my favourite things to do and this option was a superb combination of core strength exercises intertwined with some light cardio work. One hour was enough to ensure I had the best night’s sleep in a long time!
INSPIRE YIN YOGA
To say flexibility is not my forte would be a huge understatement, and subsequently I have always steered clear of yoga. However with ClassDive I was able to try out a session and see if I enjoyed it – which I thoroughly did. Participants are allowed to use props to support the more difficult positions and it proved the perfect, relaxing way to end a hard week.
RYDING REAL SPINNING
I usually work an evening shift on Saturday and what better way to blow out any tiredness resulting from Friday night than with a spinning session. The instructors cycle with you and the music helps motivate the group to get a good sweat on. After about 40 minutes my T-shirt was drenched but surprisingly I was not feeling at all tired.
FIT BOYS KICKBOXING
A few years ago I did a couple of weeks kickboxing training in Thailand and this was the perfect opportunity to get back in the groove. The group featured participants of all abilities and the Fit Boys instructors made sure the whole group were fully involved and had a lot of fun despite being totally exhausted at the end.
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The ClassDive software is simple, easy and clean to use. It actually became a highlight of the day to surf the website and find my next activity. In this way I was able to plan my exercise around work and never experienced the monotony of plodding along to the same four walls.
Perhaps one of the key features of a ClassDive membership is the social element incorporated in class exercise. It was fun to meet like-minded, new people in the area and getting a sweat on is certainly a lot easier when everyone is in it together. Who knew that spinning would become my new favourite pasttime?
ClassDive is a must for any Dubai resident looking to diversify their fitness routine and meet some excellent people along the way. With just one payment to make it’s definitely the best gym I’ve ever been a member of!
To see all other fitness classes available and to start your fitness adventure, visit the ClassDive website here.