The above clip contains two goals from my first session yesterday afternoon. First is my very first goal on PES2013.
You can see me going for ye olde PES2012 turn-and-shoot goalscoring method. It works a lot less well, now that the R1 knock-on has been removed. <forumspeak>OMG this game is broken!</forumspeak>
The second goal is a Rooney bullet—more of the placed variety, admittedly, than a full-on laces shot. I still haven’t actually scored one of them. It’s not for the want of trying. The keepers are too good at stopping my efforts.
Day 1 with a new PES is rarely a completely comfortable experience. So it proved this time. It takes time to get to grips with a load of new tweaks and variables, and to stop trying to play it like the old game(s).
My early feeling is that this PES is going to be a classic, but a couple of things nagged at me yesterday: Keepers and Difficulty.
Keepers actually seemed much better last night and this morning. In about 10 more matches, I didn’t see one instance of pat-a-cake nonsense. What I saw a lot more of were good, solid stops, and safe diversions of shots off to the sides and behind for corners. I still want PES2013’s keepers to hold the ball more often, but as long as they’re not brazenly gifting me goals (or conceding them) with too many weak parries, I can live with them.
Difficulty as a worry is potentially more serious, but things have stabilised here too.
Here’s what I think about difficulty in PES2013: it’s all relative to PES2012. In PES2012, one of the joys was having to learn how to cope with the AI down on Regular or Professional difficulty, and finally moving up to Top Player or Superstar after a long apprencticeship.
There was a pleasing sense of progression, a feeling that you had really earned graduation. It all contributed to a sense of hard-won achievement.
The thing is, we bring all that experience with us into PES2013. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the game on Professional feels a touch easy. It’d be strange if it didn’t. I remember going back for a match on Professional in PES2012 after a long time on Superstar, and it was absurdly easy in comparison.
I had a few matches on Top Player, last night and this morning. Played 4, lost 4. Scored 1. Conceded 5.
Looking good. All I ask of PES2013’s difficulty is that it gives me much the same challenge up on Superstar, in Master League, that PES2012 did.
Speaking of Master League. If the WENB patch is satisfactory for my needs (it should be), I won’t be able to resist starting my career at some point over the weekend…