Thank you to everyone who left messages to my last desperate article! It’s good to see some passion still out there.
It’s very evident that we’re in a weird place with PES right now. I think it’s very harsh to say the game is very broken, but at the same time, it’s not in a place where we’d expect it to be right now either.
But we’ve kind of analysed the game to death to date, and so there’s not much point in covering old ground. We’re not going anywhere, and still want to try to get a PES title worthy of the respect and stature that it once held in gaming. In answer to some questions about Konami not listening, I’d have to disagree. There are people at Konami who are listening. Adam Bhatti, as PES community manager is trying to help bridge the gap between us and the corporation. What’s clear is that we’re not getting through to the most influencial people at Konami with our views. We’re a lot better in terms of communications with Konami now than we were even 5 years ago. They have understood the need to have a continuous dialogue with us. The problem for me is that we can’t seem to reach out and have enough of a say for future direction.
Too many decisions are made without consultation, and features which we enjoy are chopped and changed at will. Until Konami understand that they are supposed to work for us, we’re in a rut with them. Perhaps reaching out to them over Facebook and Twitter with constructive comments may help to open more dialogues with them. Who knows!?
Going forward, the big question in my mind is, what should be the lead platform for development? I think there is a strong case for using the PC as the lead platform (and not just because I’m a PC gamer!), as we now have PS4/Xbox One machines which are very close to PC architecture. The PC version allows almost infinite customisation possibilities too, which help make the experience better.
I’ve been playing the Smoke brand of patches, and have to say it adds so much more to the base game. The guys who do these patches work wonders in my opinion. They do more than just change the facade of the game. They tweak gameplay which makes the game so much better. We don’t need to rely on Konami to add the features in game so much as console owners do. I’d imagine gaming patches for the new-gen consoles will lend themselves to mods in line with PC gaming a lot easier.
I also would like Konami to decrease the number of platforms they develop for, to make life easier for them. As it stands, 5 platforms is more than enough!
Which platform would you like to see PES lead on, and why?
Thanks for reading.