This, believe it or not, is PES2013:
Just when I thought I was out, I might be being pulled back in. Last night I stayed up late installing the PESJP Patch with Jenkey’s gameplay tool. (Not as formidable a task as you might think. The trickiest part is getting hold of the 3GB patchfile. The torrent never got going, and I ended up downloading it piece-by-piece—in 16 separate pieces—from a file locker website. Luckily, I’m good at entering captchas.)
Installation was a simple matter of clicking an .exe and waiting for a progress bar to fill up.
What can I say? What can I say to do justice to the sheer astonishment and happiness attendant on firing up the old game to find it made wholly new?
Just watch this 40-second clip from the start of the game post-patch. What would you feel, as a PES fan of long-standing, if you started up a PES game and saw this…
A brand new PES game, yes? That’s exactly what we’re conditioned to feel when we see new menus, new fonts, and also when we experience slightly different gameplay from what we’re used to. New PES game. That’s how it’s been, year after year.
What should I call this PES game now? PES2013.5? Might do.
This really does qualify as a new PES game. Jenkey’s gameplay patch offers a set of basic FIFA-style sliders. Ball weight, passing speed, shot power.
Adjusting referee strictness is my favourite slider—I’ve already whacked that up by 10%. One of the things I’ve been loving about PES5 is the defensive discipline it imposes on you due to the refs’ fussiness. I’m still experimenting with everything.
The mammoth patch installs every league you could ever want, faces, kits, teams, balls… I won’t gush on and on.
I haven’t got time to write much today. Too busy playing.
The big question: what does this mean for the lean times that I’ve been going through, footy-game wise?
As much as I’m excited and thrilled and flabbergasted about this development… It doesn’t change much.
It can’t change much. My life has altered over the past few months. Footy gaming is still taking a back seat comparative to where I was before Christmas.
I will go on snatching odd sessions here and there. The difference now is that those sessions might be slightly longer than they would have been. And I might—just might, if I can hit on a settings regimen that I like—start an ML, with the Football Manager database, boots turned off, referees’ strictness turned way up…
The PC modding ecosystem shows up the world of consoles for what they are: painfully limited. The chance of me getting a PS4/Xbox720 just dropped to a fraction of 1%.
I’m very far from being the sort of gamer who enjoys modding for its own sake. I will always ask what modding can do for me in visceral, hands-on terms, when actually playing the game.
In terms of atmosphere and playability, this patch absolutely knocks it out of the park. It is totally amazing. If you have a PC capable of running PES2013 (and almost any mid-spec PC of the last 5 years will do), and you have ever loved PES, you owe it to yourself just to see. Just to see…