PES 2013: Change
It’s hard to believe E3 is on us gamers again. June is always an exciting time for PES fans as it usually is the first time we see actual game play. I am genuinely surprised Konami have released info so early this year. I know the teaser trailer was just that, a teaser, but the last few days Konami have kicked into overdrive with the details. I am sure by now all my fellow PES fans have read enough about Player ID, Full Control and Advanced AI to know exactly what Konami is claiming PES 2013 will offer so I am not going to go through all the details that countless websites have discussed to death.
What I will offer, is my opinion on PES 2013 and Konami.
I love PES. I am not loyal to Konami and certainly don’t hate Fifa. I thought Fifa 10 was one of the best football games ever and seriously worried for Konami and the future of PES. But I always get more enjoyment from PES. I just prefer the unpredictability, the addictiveness of Master League, the infuriating last minute goals you concede, the jump for joy last gasp winners, unearthing the next superstar and shaping a team into world beaters, beating a friend so bad he punches you and all the rest. Konami have let a lot of people down since PES 6, there is no arguing that. But I really do believe it gets a raw deal. PES 2012 is one of the most underrated sports games ever. Ok, it’s too fast, the shooting is hard to master, the goalkeepers are poor and sometimes the scripting could reduce Roy Keane to tears. So why do I think it’s the best PES yet? Am I mad? Am I naive to be enjoying PES 2012 more than any other game out at the moment? No, the question I ask is this. Is PES REALLY that far behind fifa? Is it behind at all?
PES 2013 looks great. From what I have seen, it seems Konami are finally turning the corner and actually listening to the fans. They started with PES 2011, improved the input of feedback with 2012 and are building on it again with 2013. Fully manual shooting and dynamic first touch have been called for years ago and they look promising. The Player ID has been getting rave reviews from everyone. CVG have said Ea should be worried. Konami seem confident. Hype is turning into proof. Ping pong passing is being replaced with slow creative build up play. Skilled players will be able to trounce newcomer. No more pick up and play. Konami are onto something. They have set their entire marketing behind the tagline “Talk is cheap”
I don’t want an overhaul. I don’t want stupid gimmicks. I don’t want new nets or fully rendered crowds. I don’t want silly modes.
I want a solid fully featured Master League with proper training and tonnes of depth. I want proper shooting, players who can create moments of magic and as little scripting as possible.
I want a hardcore football game that makes me learn and kicks my arse when I make a mistake. Too many people are afraid to learn a game. They want to pick it up, be good and go online to act the dick. Konami needed to change their route. Reading through the features, they seem to be going back to their roots. A few weeks ago, I made a list of improvements I wanted in PES 2013. Konami have hit them all dead on. The King could well and truly be coming back to challenge for its throne. The question is, will fifa fans give it a chance?