I’d like to thank Ezio for his short post on playing PES on the PC. Having switched from consoles to PC myself, it’s good to hear more positive things being said about the PC version.
But a key point made in the article was that lag is still an issue. As Anonymous pointed out, it’s outrageous that lag in this day and age is an issue! We shouldn’t be experiencing any technical issues for online gaming anymore. We’ve moved on from 56k modem connections which is where lag could not only be excused, but was openly accepted.
I play other games online and lag is not an issue in around 95% of matches – unless you happen to have several high pingers in the same session. But that’s something that can be dealt with easily. When the infrastructure is failing us, 6 months on from launch – then that is a shocking situation. To be fair, I think we need to run a poll of users to try to get a better understanding of whether that is actually a factor for people not playing the game online. So please do vote on the poll I shall set up to accompany this article.
Is lag a problem for FIFA players? I’d appreciate some feedback from anyone who plays FIFA about this. Does the series have a history of issues with online lag? I’ve a feeling it doesn’t.
I know EA can brag about the billions* of online games that the series has clocked up. (* the figure may be slightly exaggerated there..). Can Konami produce similar stats on how many online games have been played? Are there even that many being played right now?
This year’s version is going to be the a massive release. I think it is going to be pivotal to the where the series goes from here. Are we witnessing the end of the series, or the dawn of a new era? Konami delayed the new-gen release, quite wisely in my opinion, to harness the power of the machines for the game engine. We should be seeing the Fox Engine put to proper use this time round. With a more PC like architecture, coding on the new machines will be easier than past machines, which should mean we see better results earlier. I don’t think there will be any good will from us in giving Konami a couple of years to hone the game on a new platform. We waited a whole gaming generation for PES to mature, but it didn’t really happen.
If FIFA can produce a core game on the same platforms at the same time, then you have to question the technical direction that Konami has followed. But we’ve been led to believe that a new direction for PES is being followed, and forgive me for expecting nothing but an excellent product for the next version of the series.
I think everyone will agree with me on this – it’s time for Konami to deliver.
Thanks for reading.