Now that Gamescom has provided a platform for PES 2013 – has it increased your excitement for the game? A very poor response to my recent poll isn’t helping to draw any level of conclusions. Either people aren’t really bothered by the coverage, or just haven’t bothered with the poll. If you haven’t bothered – please take the time to have a look.
I’ve been thinking about the balance between the casual and the hardcore market. Do you guys think one group is being favoured over the other? As a hardcore fan, for example, do you think that there are too many features which cater for the casual crowd to your detriment? Or if you’re more of a casual fan, do you think the game is still too hard to get into? My personal opinion is that we’re in an uncomfortable position between the two. Whilst there are options to adjust the assistance in the game, they’re not really helping.
As a hardcore fan, I don’t think the manual controls go far enough. Manual should mean 100% manual, but that just isn’t the case. I don’t have confidence in the manual system, and so will be cautious about adopting it fully. I’ve had to compromise on having a single assistance bar set to be comfortable with the game. Having full manual control is just frustrating as it still has assistance and second-guessing of where you want to pass. It can annoy the hell out of me.
To date we’ve not heard much in the way of details about MLO. Konami are keeping their cards very close to their chest about what they’re going to change in the mode.
Conspicuous by it’s absence in Gamescom coverage is the system in place to tackle cheating. Since Konami are showcasing their game now, in my opinion Gamescom was an excellent opportunity to appease the many of us fans who still fear for the mode. Combating online cheating in the game is going to be a major contributor to the continued success of the game. We’ve not had any responses about how it will be addressed this year, which has a little alarm bell going off in my head.
Player ID: If I’m not mistaken, this function encapsulates the ‘human’ factor of the chosen 50 players and incorporates them amongst many more less well-known players.
There’s plenty of evidence of this in the demo. Personally I’m not so sure the individuality of Player ID is effectively portrayed. Take for example the early footage we saw of Ibrahamovic score a goal with an outstretched leg delivering a deftly placed shot into the goal. I’ve seen the same animation in action too often with quite a few players.
Now I’m not suggesting that it’s his trademark, and no-one else should be capable of doing it -but it’s almost overused. If that makes sense?
The number of times I’ve seen collect the ball in their own half facing their own goal, and then instantly turn around and do the double touch thing before moving off.
There are a whole host of players doing this move, yet realistically only a handful would have the ability to dare to do such a high risk manoeuvre in a game. When you said shall we say – less than premium footballers doing it, then you have to ask questions.
I should say at this stage that I’ve switched to the PC version of the demo this year. In fact I’ve pretty much ditched console gaming for PC gaming after a 10 year gap.
For PES this has meant that I’ve suddenly discovered a wealth of edited material for the game. Within 24 hours of the demo’s release there were mods available to help tweak the game. A real Godsend for me was an editor which allowed me to switch off replays of my choice. Honestly – it had me beaming! I have always been very frustrated with the constant pressing of the Start button for most triggers. I’ve now only got replays on for goals, and I’m loving it. I’m able to edit the camera angles too, which helps to create more custom angles – and it’s fantastic. I’ve always favoured the old overhead camera angles, and so having isometric camera angles from a distance is great for me.
I’ve been able to unlock around 100 teams from the game in Match mode, and even apply some new HD turf to the pitches. I am really looking forward to the full game and having the ability to go nuts with patches to enhance the game. There is a very brilliant active modding community for PES, and I think they do an unbelievable job. Gone are the days of limited patching on the PS3!
With both a second demo imminent (according to Jon Murphy) and with a rumoured earlier release date in September, these are exciting times.
Thanks for reading.