Given the few comments which have lead to good discussion points, I will try to add my two bits worth to them from the last two articles posted on the main site.
Lucifer666 – prioritisations must take place. Games development will inevitably have a list of features to focus on for any given release. You will have a list of “broken features” let’s say which must be addressed, as well as new ideas to add. As a result resources are spread across these areas. Some aspects may be easy to fix, others may require more effort, or take much longer than expected – or even break existing features. All this will be tracked and as a result there will always be priorities which rise and fall. It’s the nature of the beast I’m afraid. They key thing for us is to outline what we believe are the most important things that MUST be addressed if they are to retain our custom.
For example, I stopped playing MLO around November last year. For me it’s fundamentally flawed in many ways, and as such I can’t be bothered to put up with it. So I only play the game offline. Even then, I’ve not touched it in over a month now. And quite frankly I don’t miss it. It’s not clawing away at my conscience to go play it any more, like it used to. I don’t think I’ve fallen out of love with the game, it’s just that there’s not too much about the game I can get excited about. I used to love playing the game online – the MLO mode – in theory is superb and very addictive. But the many flaws in the mode mean I can’t be bothered to put up with it.
MagicAroma – yes this is me after taking a few months out. Apply now for a subscription fee refund for not delivering what you paid for pal.
We write on this site of our own free will. I ran out of things to say, and quite frankly needed to re-energise myself.
i HATE Barca BOys – i’m with you all the way. How dull is it to have to face the same few teams over and over again? As we’re all aware there are times when we make it clear that we want to play with anyone but the top teams, and pick a lesser team. Whilst the timer is nearing to zero for team selections you find your opponent all of sudden switch from another lesser team to Barcelona. Meaning you’re in for a hammering. The solution to this commonplace issue is simple – whilst you’re in the menu mode having just been duped, you simply select an option to quit before the match has kicked off. Simple as that.
Micky P – yes Konami can do something about having to play against Barca boys every single time! There have been suggestions made about modes excluding certain teams to be included. The current system of joining communities is hit and miss for me. I don’t want to have to join specific communities (if there are spaces available), and have to wait in gaming rooms for other community members to join you for a game. It’s very cumbersome and life’s too short quite frankly. PES6 online allowed you to filter games to choose players based on rank for starters – something we no longer have. So you could choose to avoid players from the top tier, especially if you were in Division 4 or 5 of the game. In the current game, there is no way of choosing who you play against in terms of Divisions, or to politely decline a game against a Division 1 barca boy. Please note – I know you get various teams in Division 1, but they all invariably have the same collection of super players -akin to Barcelona. It’s just plain dull coming up against them over and over.
If I’m in Division 5, I should be pitted against players in my division only by default. I choose have to choose to try my luck against players of a higher division – and even then – specifying the Division I want to challenge myself with. This would mean I would have many varied games against varied teams and players. This solution is so simple, it’s criminal that it’s been overlooked for so long.
Should PES2013 not fix cheating, and not offer options to pick and choose who we face more intelligently, then I will once again not play it online.
Division 1 players should get pittance in terms of points for playing against the other Divisions on a sliding scale. They should have more to lose than to gain. For people who only prefer playing against their fellow Barca boys – then let’s have a separate Barca boy Division that they can opt into. They will then get what they want – and for the majority of players out there – we’ll get more proper games where we actually enjoy playing online.
BrZyTwAa (NYC) – what is the fifa system for combatting people choosing the biggest teams all the time? I’m very interested to hear what they’ve done to make the online experience more enjoyable. Perhaps there are lessons there for Konami to pick up on – so please do share.
Thanks for reading.