My my Konami, you really have brought something amazing to the table. I have just finished playing my 25th match on the demo. I pulled an all nighter last night, only the 4th time I have stayed up for a video game and boy, am I glad I did. I mean what a demo. I dived straight in for a match against England. I picked Portugal, primarily for the rivalry but also to test out Ronaldo. I played on all the default settings (regular difficulty) and instantly loved it. I could ramble on about what happened play by play but I think a breakdown of the demo would be better. This might be a two parter so if you want to watch my video in which I go into way more detail check it out here:
Lets start with the PLAYER ID. It’s amazing. It really is a game changer. Sure, Ronaldo has amazing speed and strength and Neymar has incredible control but the players you really see it through are the play makers. Pirlo is a genius. He is very slow and cautious (John Terry beat him in sprint when Pirlo had 5 yards on him) but when you have the ball with him, the game feels slower. Last year in my MLO and ML Chronicles, I bought Barretto and Shimizu as my first transfers. This year I know to put my money into a play maker. They really nailed it.
Passing is slightly tweaked. The animation of actually passing is great. The better players (Deco, Pirlo, Ganso) wrap their foot around it whereas a player with lesser technique will just pass straight. This slows down the game even more.
Overall game play is slowed down. The pace is very realistic as in it takes a split second longer than PES 2012 to get the ball out from your feet. The speed merchant card is there but its only for show. Neymar, Ronaldo, Defoe are rocket fast but its a different type of speed. Throw in the trap control and you have a game 30-40% slower than its predecessor. The speed spammers wont be happy!
The manual shooting is awesome. It takes practice and I am struggling to apply the correct pressure. The players body position matters more. The regular shooting is tweaked and improved. There is way more control over the shots but obviously they are more central than the manual shooting. Nobody can complain about the game lacking the depth in shooting anymore. The chip shot might be over powered but this is an early build and has been fixed already. That brings me onto my next point.
The goalkeepers are still weak in the demo BUT they have been dramatically improved since then. I heard rumours of them only being at 40% build so that’s positive. The signs are there though, hidden beneath the code. The goalies have more awareness to the ball, the danger of players and they do put it out of play more than patting it across the box. They will be very much improved for retail game.
Thats it for part 1, I’m off to play another few matches against my brother who hads thumped me twice in a row! What ye think? Anything you want my opinion on or to go into more detail?
Get in touch below and in the meantime check out my video of Neymars manual wondergoal. Watch the touch and layoff from my striker. Magic.