My name is Ezio Fidati. I am 45 years old and live in the United States. I started playing soccer or football if you prefer when I was 8 years old. I played through high school but did not continue playing after High School. However, I do still play casually and also coach youth teams.
As for my gaming experience, I have been playing video games since I can remember. I believe the first game I played was Pong from Atari (Yes, I know I am old). My first exposure to soccer games was Fifa International Soccer on the Sega Genesis. I was exposed to ISS/PES with the first ISS for the Nintendo 64 but didn’t really embrace the series until I got a PS2 and PES3 I believe. Like most people during the golden era of PES on the PS2 I did everything I could to play the game and stopped playing Fifa. The game on the PS2 just captured the game that we love perfectly and had a perfect balance of offense and defense.
Usher in the new era of the PS3/Xbox and that is where things start to decline for PES and Fifa as well in my opinion. For all the praise that Fifa has gotten the last few years that are still things that set the game back. As an example, looking at Fifa 13, the lack of fouls is one area that really stands out for me as a problem. There simply should be more fouls called in Fifa. In addition, for all the praise the animations get in Fifa and how smooth it is, it feels a little too loose in my opinion if that makes sense.
Meanwhile, looking at PES 2013 the through balls killed the game for me this year especially online. I still think overall PES 2013 is a better game than Fifa 13 but both games have their share of problems. With the current generation coming to a close and PES not making an appearance on the next generation of consoles there is much hope that we are going to finally get the game we have been waiting for. To use a Star Wars title we can think of it as PES 2014 (A New Hope).
Konami made an interesting choice in deciding to not release PES 2014 on the next-gen consoles and instead is focusing on the current gen for this iteration of the game. Personally, I think this a good move on their part especially with the new Fox engine they put in. I know the engine is considered a next-gen engine but I personally fell this is a good decision to focus their resources on the current generation of consoles and not spread themselves thin by working on both current-gen and next-gen versions of the game.
I know we have all been here before but the early impressions so far some seem very encouraging. Recent news suggests we are going to see a demo for PES 2014 at the end of August and we will get our first taste of the game. I am very much looking forward to the demo and getting a chance to finally play it. Rumors are that we are getting a demo later because they want it to be a later build and closer to the full version. Again, I think this is a good choice because in the past few years we have gotten two demos and there has been a lot of debate regarding the different demos and some people feeling that the first demo was better than the second etc.
So what do you think will it be “A New Hope” and live up to the expectations and finally deliver a solid title on this generation of consoles?