So we’ve had the marketing talk on what to expect from the forthcoming edition of PES.
Here’s my initial thoughts on the features:
I thought we always had a variety of shots available. There were question marks over the power and effects of gravity on the ball, particularly on long range efforts. So hopefully these are improved on.
Sounds interesting to have a bit more variety for through balls, again the physics department is being spoken about, so perhaps we can expect a whole new ball game.
1 on 1
This feature excites me more than most I have to say. If we truly get an experience where we have instant response coupled with the ability to either dribble or burst away at will, then we should be very excited.
Incredible Response Times
Please say this title doesn’t come back to bite Konami is my first thought. I really do hope that they understand the language they are using, and do truly offer incredible response times. Anything less than that will mean they will get a lot of grief if it doesn’t deliver. However, if it does..
Full Pitch AI
Again this sounds like the AI being further developed. If they finally get this right, then we’ll definitely benefit from intelligent movement and play. Of course to date, there have always been flaws with the AI, and I’d expect some tweaks to this even once we get the game to improve it. It’s the engine of the game, and an incredibly difficult art to master.
The incorporation of a wider range of pace is exciting in my books. How you transition between them will be key to the successful deployment of this. I’m hoping the analogue sticks will dictate the speed at which your player moves. It’s something I’ve asked for many times in the years gone by.
Case for Defence
Again response times for movement will be key to how defenders move and make decisions. Seeing more variety in their movements and types of tackling will be key to how well you defend.
I’d have to say that I’m not so keen on this being an area being addressed. I’d rather more fundamental areas were worked on. This is superficial at best for me!
Bring the Noise
I really hope the droney “woh woh woh” of chants is removed!
Let There Be Light
Seriously not needed, and time away from key fundamentals if you ask me!
Balance of Play
I’m a little confused with this. Does this mean you won’t need to set strategies in-game any more? That the AI does it all for you? I seriously hope not.
This is going to amaze me if done properly. We struggle to see January player transfers for weeks on end, so regular player updates will be great to see done.
Adaptable Match Environments
Sounds very gimmicky, and not sure how much of a factor this will be in gameplay.
So there you have it. There are grounds for genuine excitement, but these must be tempered with realistic expectations. Marketing talk is always very worrying for me, since they paint a very rosey picture before a game has completed development. Living up to the marketing claims can burden the development process as a result.
I’m sure it won’t be long before demo material is made available, so let’s hope PES delivers.
Thanks for reading.