I’d like to start by thanking everyone who left messages to last week’s post. Including the clown “billy”! He made me laugh if nothing else!
As it stands, I’m actually enjoying my football right now! I’ve got various patches which bring PES6 up to date, and it plays a solid game of football. I think the key difference with the game is that I feel totally in control of my players. Which is crucial. A little test I’d like you guys to try right now is to do a 360 pirouette with a player in PES2013. Do it again, but this time note how long it takes from the time you execute the move on your game pad, to the player actually performing the move. I believe there is way too much of a delay in control. Players don’t snap into moves as they would if you had full on control. It’s something that is fundamental to how I believe the game should be enjoyed.
Hey Moatstar, I appreciate the comments – but ultimately the game just doesn’t cut it. I’m lying to myself if I say it’s a great game. Don’t get me wrong, Konami have worked hard to try to move the series on. But in the cold light of day, it is pretty clear they have kept the same underlying engine and have just tried to tweak it, rather than really address the key issues. It’s a balancing act they have to work with. They clearly know what they want to do, and don’t want to make any radical changes to their strategy. This has cost them many fans over the last few years unfortunately.
Hey Makkak-Yema – I’d like to try answer your question about blind loyalty to footy games. For some of us, it’s the love we had growing up playing THE most awesome football imaginable. Once upon a time, the ISS Pro series, and then the PES series was just immense. Every year it just got better and better. Each year we thought – how can this possible get any better, but then Konami would show us just how. For those fans, of whom I’d proud to say I’m one – that is why we’re loyal to PES. It’s almost comedic how each year we’re waiting for the game to finally come good. But there’s enough baby steps to keep us hoping.
We could just move on to FIFA, but for me that is a very dangerous move. Whilst FIFA may be doing very well, and raking it in – their motivation is purely a vehicle to make money. They have the power to sink opponents in most genres as we’ve seen over the years. For many genres this results in their competitors just going bust, and then EA can release whatever they like annually. I’d hate to think what football games would be like if EA were the only player.
EA raised their game when they saw just how good PES was. They’ve done exceptionally well, but I can never bring myself to pay good money to play that game. I’ve tried to get on with it, but as many of us will attest – it lacks soul. Many people have lost faith in Konami and have just adopted FIFA. For some of us, it’s more than just a game.
That said, I am fed up with the direction of PES currently. Instead of enjoying football, I feel you have to learn how to exploit the game to get some joy out of it. You can forget crossing balls in from the wing and trying to head. If you don’t play how it wants you to, then you’re not going to get along. Once you adapt to their new way of thinking and behaving, then perhaps you can tolerate it. Seeing the ball virtually trickle past defenders, seeing stupid shots go in – there’s only so much you can take that sort of stuff. And as for refereeing – I can’t believe anyone can release a game which blatantly disregards basic rules and we’re just supposed to get on with it!
For these sorts of reasons, people have moved on, or just stuck with PES and are waiting for the new incarnation. For me, the answer was to go back to PES6. By using some great option files, I’m still playing with relevant teams and right now loving it.
I’m using players’ strengths and the balance between attack and defence is very good. I can play my play, and decide on strategies as I please. Since PES6, the strategy elements of the game have been watered down. Dare I say it – to appeal more to the casual crowd who most companies are going to great lengths to please. You used to be able to set the level of aggression with which players could man-mark players. It was a vital tool in keeping star men at bay – especially online! You always had a chance with smaller teams with good organisational skills with some moments of brilliance thrown in.
PES2013 is all about building a team with the quickest players that can go on mazy runs. That’s not football for me. Which brings me nicely to online play. I’m sure Barry will have different views on the online experience – given his brilliance at the game. But for most of us average joes (yes that is an admission that I’m not that good with the game online!) it’s a mess. Whilst some people tolerate playing against super duper teams all the time, most of us are so fed up of it.
PES6 online was utterly brilliant. It was simple – and that was it’s key strength. Fancy a friendly game? You would just either accept a random opponent – where you had the opportunity to reject the game, if you felt they were too strong for you. Or you could go through a list of potential players and issue an invite to play. Right now, that is all many of us want. Give us that over all the various tournament options anyday.
I can’t say enough how much I despise the current online system – the match rooms system is appalling. Who in their right mind when looking for a friendly game is just going to find a server, set up and match room and just sit there waiting for someone to come along and decide to play against them? It’s engineering for engineers not for players.
I’ve had to sacrifice online play on PES6 on the PC, but it’s worth it just to be able to have a meaningful master league mode which delivers. The biggest compliment I can pay to PES6 is that when I lose a match against another opponent (non-cpu), I know I only have myself to blame. It’s that simple. It’s not because of the game engine, or anything else. It’s down to my own mistakes which I am more than happy to live with.
Thanks for reading.