No, I’m not too sure about the blog’s new look yet either. I’ll be tinkering with it for a week or two. I do quite like the mock-1950s comic book header I ended up with, but it could still use some work.
The football gaming news today is sad. There’ll be no FIFA12 for me today. ShopTo have let me down this year.
Even since the dawn of Internet time, ShopTo have received their stock on the Tuesday and dispatched the same day. And once again this year, they got their stock yesterday, but…
“By agreement with EA”, it seems, ShopTo have waited until today—Wednesday—to dispatch their stock. The best I can hope for is to get it tomorrow, Royal Mail willing.
I’m happy to wait for FIFA12, but I’ve cancelled my PES2012 preorder with ShopTo. I can’t take the risk.
For PES2012 I will go back to my traditional supplier, GAME. They may turn out to have the same kind of agreement with Konami, but we’ll see.
Getting PES2012 on Wednesday October 12th would be a completely different proposition from getting it on Thursday October 13th or even, horror of horrors, on Friday October 14th itself.
I’m off work that week. I booked it off especially. It’s the first time I’ve done so for a few years. Getting my PS3 copy of PES2012 on the Wednesday of release week is more important to me this year than it usually is.
A lot can happen in 24 hours, as Jack Bauer would testify (in front of some no-balls Senate committee, dammit).
In 24 hours a lot of the settling-in time that I always need with a new football game can be got out of the way. I could move myself up the learning curve and onto Master League that much quicker.
I should get FIFA12 sometime tomorrow, probably too late for me to actually play it much. I work afternoons/evenings. Our post has started arriving mid-afternoon. It’s likely I won’t actually play FIFA12 until Friday morning. Whatever happens, I’ll have my full first impressions post up on Friday afternoon.
I have retired PES5 for the foreseeable future. Only an unthinkable and unlikely catastrophe involving the two games would see me resume PES5.
Over the past few days I have been amusing myself with a fully patched and pimped-out version of PES2012 Demo 2 on PC.
By all accounts this as close to the final retail game as it’s possible to get. I’ve been playing 15-minute friendlies between random teams, and loving everything about it.
Of course the retail version is out in various parts of the world. The PES forums have exploded over the past few days with a familiar round of bickering and contradiction. The game’s too fast, there’s too much AI pressure, the stumble animation is back, and so on.
I have a contact abroad—a fancy way of saying “old school friend who moved to America and keeps in touch via emails a few times a year”—who has been into football games for as long as I.
He assures me that the game isn’t too fast, that the AI pressure is variable and tolerable, and—most importantly for me—that there is no stumble animation.
There are other issues, of course. Doubtless there are issues that will only emerge after several days’ or weeks’ play. But the kneejerk mewling and puking currently going on in some quarters is premature and misplaced.