A short post today. These could be common over the next few weeks. I have been playing the football games, but not a great deal. I’m enjoying the summer.
Over the past 72 hours I have played FIFA09, and once again—I have to say—really enjoyed it. I’ve played PES2008(PSP) and had a traditional few moments of fury about the scripting in one particular match. I’ve played Football Manager 2009, and wondered if I’m shallow for loving the 3D match so much. I’ve played some Final Fantasy VII and seen things—great things—that I’d completely forgotten about. I’ve played assorted iPod Touch games, including a very playable football game (more to come on that, I think). I’ve played some Magic: The Gathering on XBLA—oh yes, I get around. I’ve even played Kitchen Sink: Vengeance on the DS. That one isn’t true.
It’s a bit embarrassing to have a nominally PES-oriented blog when I’ve hardly played the game after Christmas in both of the next-generation years. Become A Legend in PES2009 threatened to revive matters somewhat, but that proved to be a bit of a false dawn. As I’ve remarked before, the past few years’ summertime PES drought just isn’t like me. From 1998 to 2007 I played ISS/PES pretty much every day, all year round. I’m hoping for PES2010 to bring back the game’s longevity.
Speaking of PES2010… Is it me or is there quite a bit of cautious optimism doing the rounds? Various murmurs over the weekend were positive-sounding. Yes, we’ve seen and heard it all before. But the point is that everybody knows we’ve seen and heard it all before, so it’s more likely that this year’s positive-sounding noises will be backed up by something solid. If that makes sense.
Playing FIFA09 the other day, I was thinking about the first time I played next-gen FIFA. That was in 2007, and it was the demo for FIFA08. My very first thought was, wow, this feels a bit like Pro Evo, but PES2008 will blow FIFA08 out of the water… Famous last words that must rank up there with they couldn’t hit an elephant from that dist-
Good games borrow; great games steal. Next-gen FIFA stole lots of good stuff from PES, and next-gen FIFA is a great game. A great game with flaws, but still a great game.
It’s time for PES to brazenly steal back its thunder. I want PES2010 to be as initially startling to me as FIFA08 was. I want to see forums filling up with people complaining about how slow it is. I want to see people calling for the fast arcade action of 2008 and 2009 to come back. I want to see people jeering PES for stealing FIFA’s best ideas. I want to see these things because it would mean that I’ve finally got the PES I wanted back in 2007.
I’m reading a lot into a few stray lines on WENB’s forum and a twitter by somebody at PSM3. But the idea of PES2010 reminding me of FIFA08 yet being Pro Evolution Soccer is just too irresistible for me to resist.