Every Summer the buzz begins. A rumor here, a whisper there. Fans scramble for the first scrap of information while awaiting official details or a glimpse of a demo build screenshot. It was always a great time for PES players throughout the years. I remember I was most excited with the release of PES 4. I don’t know why exactly but I remember seeing the first screenshots on my first PC and I just became obsessed with finding out every detail I could.
I remember reading about twenty reviews, all showering it with praise. And after eventually waiting for what felt like a lifetime, on release day, I skipped school with my cousin and played 1 v 1′s for about 12 hours straight. PES 4 was a sublime game of football.
Now 8 years on, it’s a different story altogether. FIFA is the new king in town, seemingly having kept PES from it’s Iron throne for the last 3 years. Is there any way back or should Konami pack it in as so many people have encouraged?
I reckon Konami would be crazy to give up for the simple reason they are not miles away from reclaiming the No.1 spot. Does it need a yearly release or a patch every 6 months for 18 months and rebuild PES from the ground up though?
I think in order to maintain a fan base it does need a yearly release. While I would love to see what the Konami team could conjure up with double or triple development time, PES 2012 is too good. Ok, so it has a few issues, but what game doesn’t? I could rip holes in any game on any console. (except Shenmue=best game ever!)
In my opinion PES is back. Back on the right track anyway. PES 2012 is a cracking game albeit with a few issues. Some big, some small. But imagine this…
You turn on your console tomorrow morning to be greeted by “Update Available”. After installing, you load up the game proper to see a list of implemented upgrades:
- Shooting is more powerful.
- New animations.
- Speed reduced by 5-10% (walcott down from 95 speed to 90 etc…)
- Revised MLO divisons.
- MLO Salary Cap
- MLO/online similar skill/teams level match rooms
- Passing locked at 1 for all modes.
Now imagine how different PES 2012 would be.
THE KING IS BACK.
PES 2012 has sold around 3 million copies worldwide. FIFA 12 is around 10 million. I don’t think many people understand the true sales because of rubbish being spouted by EA that FIFA outsold PES 25-1 or something crazy like that. Konami need to involve the european community. Get people talking again. Ask what we want and implement it. We know what we want so invite our opinions. True gamers buy the best and PES 2013 can reclaim the throne, with a little help from the community.
Let me know your thoughts below. Can’t wait to hear you replies.