OVER the course of my gaming life, there has been few games that have gotten the better of me. Alex Kidd was my first rage filled experience, followed by the maddeningly frustrating Soul Caliber. However it wasn’t until PES 2012′s MLO that I fully embraced my inner Hulk.
Looking back, even through rose tinted glasses, PES 2012 was a major let down for online gamers. I have defended Konami for years but I’m not going to lie when the evidence is so clearly laid out. Why I hated PES 2012 boiled down to the fact that it just couldn’t be played properly, no matter how skilled you were, how much time you put in or what players you had. The game was fundamentally broken online – end of.
I still accomplished my goal of making it into the top 10 players in the world but to be honest, the end result didn’t justify the effort. In hindsight, with all the problems that PES 2012 suffered from, I can understand why people cheated and played cheaply. I can accept why ‘PES fans’ turned the community sour and bitter. I can even see why some longtime players turned to the rival game on the market. But for all those frustrations, for all the lag quits and abusive messages that PES 2012 brought, nothing has upset as much as PES 2013.
PES 2013 is a wonderful game and while offline still remains king (boots scandal not withstanding), MLO has been ruined this year yet again. But what’s more upsetting is the fact that for once, Konami aren’t to blame. You can complain about the matchmaking or the much maligned server issues but by and large, PES 2013 has fixed most of its predecessors problems.
Competitions offer more variety and the rival rankings really add life to the game. I find myself logging on to amass enough points to win the top prize money every week without fail. Most importantly, speed has been reduced. This was a huge area of the game that threatened to kill off PES once and for all. Skilled defending can give players a huge advantage and even the latest patch updates have improved the matchmaking, especially in regards to manual settings.
Yet for all these additions, tweaks and changes, the PES community has gotten worse. For all the complaining these so called ‘fans’ did when PES ’12 failed to live up to expectations, they are the ones now ruining a perfectly worthy game – the first complete package from Konami in years.
I mean, it’s funny really when you think about it. PES has a small but passionate fan-base which follows Konami out of sheer love and nostalgic memories. But it’s ruined by a select few who cannot accept losing in a video game.
I’m not claiming PES ’13 is perfect, far from it. As I mentioned above, speed is still too prevalent and spamming through balls is nearly impossible to defend against without tactics. Saying that, the game doesn’t have to be played that way. I always find it hilarious to play a team of speed freaks and simply destroy him by passing it around, creating space. PES rewards skill as much as patience, it’s just harder to execute.
After a five week break from MLO, I returned to PES online for one last adventure. It’s not do or die for me with the PES series but online is a frustrating playground that requires a calm personality – something I lack. Master League will always be worth the games price in my opinion anyway but for now, I’m concentrating on MLO.
If you have given up on PES 2013 this year or you’re just curious about my progress, please check it out. I aim to play a different style, expose cheaters and try out most of the top players in the game.
To start, I have €250 million to spend so let me know your favourite players and hidden gems (muniain is the best player in he game IMO).
More importantly, over the next few weeks, I plan on discussing PES 2014. Obviously take this with a huge pinch of salt, but I’m hearing rumours of an earlier release date which will coincide with the new football season. There’s also a few more nuggets of information but I’m afraid you will have to wait until my next post for that!
But the real reason I want you all to check out the vids and get in touch below is feedback. I want to hear it all because my two next posts will be dealing with changes to both MLO and Master League.
So that’s your lot, updates will be more frequent now so do get in touch and ill talk to you soon!