Thank you to the few of you who left comments to my last article about Polls. I guess Amateur made a very valid point about how we connect with you guys when many of you are disappointed with the game.
This is a pretty complex question, as there are many different views out there, so it’s hard to connect and find common ground enough to satisfy everyone. What we can do is try to isolate common themes of interest. Whilst it’s easy to concentrate on the positive traits we share about the game, I strongly feel that it’s the negative traits that bring out stronger emotions in everyone.
Whilst there are many ideas on what’s broken in PES, and what needs fixing in the core game, today I’d like to discuss the topic you all love to hate – Barca Boys. For those of you not quite in the know, or to recap for those that do, the bain of Barca Boys is having to play teams of Barca EVERY SINGLE TIME in MLO mode. So many of us are sick to death of having to play against the same two or three teams which contain the same set of super players.
I’ve written a couple of articles a good few months ago last year with some of my ideas on how to combat this. Without trying to cover too much previous ground, I’ve suggested having a no Champion’s League teams mode for MLO/friendlies. It would mean people pick more balanced teams which may have at best two or three top players only. It would mean people play each other based on strategies best suited to that team against their opponents. You’d hopefully come up against a few teams you’ve never played before and found them a challenge without being impossibly difficult to play against. Most of the time in MLO when an opponents plays with a super duper team, you’re forced to follow suit. This mode would put an immediate end to that.
I’ve asked Konami on a few occasions to provide me with a definitive behind the scenes breakdown of how they combat cheats.
We’ve been told about players that quit often will be penalised. But unless you actively ruin your stats, you have to take what they say as gospel. Whilst I’m not trying to say that Konami are lying to us, it would be beneficial for all if the penalisation system was explained and demonstrated to us. It would help some much need good will. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts this information still hasn’t been revealed. If it ever makes the light of day, I’ll be sure to post it straight away.
Something else which many people want to see is a uniform set of parameters for playing online. This related primarily to the assistance levels for passing and shooting. For the hardcore players amongst us, we play with zero assistance. But when you’re online, you’re actually at a disadvantage against those players with assistance. I would have thought that playing without assistance should have been akin to driving manually in car games. We all know that if you drive in automatic mode and are pitted against manual drivers – they will drive better than you because they’re mastering the control. This principle seems to be lost in PES.
We’re actually penalised for attempting to play with no assistance – which renders it useless online for many!
I’m also kicking off a new Poll entitled Barca Boys – please have your say in a tangible poll which once again can clearly take the fight to Konami from us. I’ve got a few more polls which I want to ask direct questions with the aim of presenting these facts and figures. To do this effectively, I need more than the 100 odd voters for polls that I’ve managed to get of late. Thank you very much to those who’d made the effort to vote – but please spread the word to your mates. The more votes, the more representation being made.
For those of you asking what’s the point – I say quite simply – we’re putting up a fight all the way. We’re not going to give up.
We care about PES and we want to do whatever we can to try to influence it’s production. You can either moan and do nothing, or you can try to make a difference – it’s your choice. Join us in getting the message across to Konami – we’re in this together.
Thanks for reading.