A belated happy new year to all our readers from everyone here at PESGaming!
I’d like to begin by thanking Amateur for his very detailed comments on where Konami are with the series.
He raises a good few points on where the current failings of the series are. The bottom line seems to be the concept of freedom for me.
We’re still very much reigned in by the game’s engine, limiting what we can do, and how we can do it.
I’ve said this before, but we’re in a power struggle with Konami over just how free the game’s controls should be.
They’re trying to balance realism with fun effectively. The game has to be fun to play, not a chore, which perhaps realism would lend itself towards.
If people struggle to carry out the basics of running and passing, they’ll switch to FIFA, which will have a better pick up and play factor.
However, the hardcore amongst us really feel we’ve exhausted the gameplay mechanics that have dominated over the last 20 odd years of football gaming.
We’re ready for a real challenge in how we play football games. We’re not held back by technology anymore, but are now restricted by mindsets which refuse to move on and harness the technology available to us.
Would having to relearn how to dribble and pass more realistically stop you from playing PES? Would you yearn a return to the current strait-jacket system which gives you limited freedom to play instead? I think right now, Konami would see this as a massive gamble, and clearly, it’s one they’re not prepared to take.
Playing PES should be fun, and should allow us to express ourselves with our players and teams. In truth, it’s a frustrating experience as you move within the confines placed on you. Would true freedom come at the cost of playability and fun? For many, I think the answer would be an emphatic no.
In fact, I think many would applaud the effort to break away from the current control system and look to embrace the new system. We’d happily provide feedback to improve it, happy in the knowledge we’re moving onwards and upwards.
The next game is going to be very important for the series as we see what the new-gen capabilities will allow the series to do. Will Konami play it safe and just offer an aesthetically pleasing experience, or will we see some hardcore changes which break the shackles that bind it? I’m hoping for both!
Thanks for reading