As I stated in my previous blog I was able to get my hands on the leaked demo and played quite a bit of it. I was anxious to see how the “Official” demo played compared to the leaked demo so here are my thoughts.
There were a few gameplay issues in the leaked demo that thankfully are not present in the official demo. The biggest issues in the leaked demo were that players sometimes would over-run a ball and had to come back to get it. Thankfully that does not appear to be an issue in the official demo. In addition, the goalkeepers seemed to be weak when dealing with shot near post. Again this seems to have been resolved. I still did give a up goal the other day near post but it is nowhere as bad as in the leaked demo. The only other real issue right now is the button response on occasion not responding when you hit the button. Hopefully they can tweak this for the release but I can live it with it the way it is right now.
I had some concerns when I heard about the heart feature that it would be overpowered. I played a bunch of games as both the home side and the away side and there is certainly a difference playing at home but I found it depends on the teams involved. What I mean by that is that if you play as Santos away vs. Bayern Munich for example you will find it very difficult. However, if you play as Man U away vs. the same Bayern Munich it is a closer affair and you can steal one. Obviosully, the matches are only 5 minutes so I don’t think we will know for sure until we see how it behaves in Maste league but so far it does not seem overdone.
Sound, crowd and other effects
I believe that the ambience of the crowd and the sounds are well done. For example, if you are playing as the home side and you aren’t playing well you will start to hear whistles from the home crowd and they will start to get on you. By the same token, if you are playing well at home they will spur you on. The commentary is getting stale and needs work but I plan on changing the commentary to a different language any way. Commentay is one area Fifa shines in and it would be nice if they can work on commentary on the next gen versions. Crowd chants are well done as well and sound great and of course you can always add your own to add to the atmosphere. The addition of the crowd making signs in the stands is also a nice touch.
I used to play on Top player but the last few years have played on Pro because I didn’t like the way the CPU played on Top Player. This year, I think the balance is much better. I have played games on both Pro and Top Player to see which one I would start on and there are subtle differences but they are closed. Obviouslly, Top Player is harder but not by a wide margin. Again, we will have to see how this plays out over a ML campaign but the disparity in levels this year is close. Having said that I think on Superstar I think there is too much constant pressure from the CPU so hopefully this can be tweaked.
In closing, I would like to say this is the most optimistic I have been about a PES game and look forward to the upcoming release. We have to wait until the 24th here in the United States but I will be trying to get it early if I can.
So what do you think after playing the demo. Cause for optimism or will be let down again once we put a good amount of time into the game?
Thanks for reading.