Hello, and welcome to a futuristic installment of “Imaginative PES”. I have returned from having the Alien removed from my torso. I’ve learned much from the experience. For example, I could not for the life of me play PES while drugged out on pain medication. However, for some odd reason, I could drive a car in GTA IV like Michael Schumacher himself. Well, I suppose if you don’t count the many, many times I used the sidewalk as my personal roadway. Those poor, poor pedestrians.
NO NEWS IS….
There hasn’t been much news lately regarding PES 2011, or PES 2012 for that matter. OK, there’s been no news at all. In fact, there hasn’t been any news for quite some time. The most recent tidbit I can think of is the drop in price of PES 2011. Or maybe the edition of PES on the new Nintendo 3DS. But this isn’t really the kind of news we’re looking for. We’re looking for reasons that we should be buying PES 2012.
YOU’RE LIVING IN THE PAST, MAN
Who will be buying PES 2012? Who out there buys the game every year, regardless of the previous year’s offering? It seems that the diehard loyal fans of PES are dropping off in numbers to that of a small tribe of odd half human/half pygmy marmosets who subsist mainly of grubs and who move only in 8 directions. The gaming world has evolved immensely since the heydays of PES, and PES itself simply must follow suit if it is to remain (or again be) a competitor in our favorite sport’s representation on “next-gen” gaming consoles. Many of us are living in the past, we still cling to those versions of PES that were revolutionary for its time, those games that got us together in front of the TV and created rivalries that even local derbies could be envious of. Any new versions of PES will always be compared to these versions of old. Wow, how similar to Arsenal! In fact, the last time Arsenal won anything, PES was king. I just blew my own mind! And I suppose the last time some of the other teams won anything, PONG was king, or maybe the ball-in-the-cup game, or the which-rock-crushes-bone game. That was for those of you who saw an opening to ridicule the Gunners. Your team probably hasn’t done too well in the last century.
I think that PES 2011 was the best credible offering up to date for our “next-gen” consoles (and by the way, recent reports have suggested that the PS3 and 360 will be here for several years to come before their replacements are offered), but left much to be desired. Most of the articles on PESGAMING have at some point or another entered this topic. What was good, what was bad, what does it need, what needs to go, etc.? As far as development of PES, I think that the bottom line is that Konami simply must stop producing PES for the PS2. I don’t want any resources being used to make a game for an obsolete system. Konami need to take the great success of PES for the PS2 with them, but they need to leave the PS2 behind. It’s done. Please move on.
THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS GONE TO THE DOGS
We don’t need to repeat previous criticisms. Recently, we’ve seen some articles that discuss some modes of PES 2011 that could take more scrutiny. I think that one of the modes is a fascinating example psychologically about where Konami thinks it stands when put up against its competitors (well, ok, FIFA). We saw what you think about COMMUNITY MODE. Does Konami have delusions of grandeur when it comes to some of these modes? COMMUNITY MODE was created with the thought in mind that there would be thousands upon thousands of gamers out there playing PES 2011 religiously, creating societies that would strive to compete against other societies after having settled the power structures within themselves. Well, I think we all know that not only are there fewer people who play PES, let alone play PES online, LET ALONE are part of a “COMMUNITY”, there is simply not much incentive to create a community. Here in the States in our western hemisphere branch of PES’s online offering (and don’t get me started on how much I hate this region restriction of PES), most of the people online are either from Spanish-speaking countries (which basically includes everything but Brazil), or are from Brazil, and/or cheat fluently. You would think that this would help me gather up gamers with whom I both understand and would enjoy playing a match of PES. Well, I’ve found a few. But there really aren’t enough of these people out there playing PES. I think that among other modes, COMMUNITY MODE would greatly benefit from having 11 v 11 matches online, and maybe 7 v 7 on a smaller version of a pitch. But most of all, any of the online modes Konami can create simply must be supported by a bigger number of gamers. Here in the States, at any given moment in the match section of online, there have been only 250 players maximum. Those aren’t great stats.
I must cut this rendition short, as I’m still not 100% fit. It’s good that we have fantastic substitutes on the bench—you people. Let’s discuss. We’re getting closer to the initial smatterings of PES 2012 news. Until then, at the risk of repeating ourselves, we can only offer topics of discussion. There’s been good criticism of the game, there’s been good ideas offered. We all know that Konami is listening to us in at least an introductory level.
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