I’m officially done with the PES2016 demo. There are many who’ll play it for hours every day from now until release. But for me, after 20-odd matches, it’s served its purpose. PES2016 will be a good game.
For the record, I did finally draw a few fouls. Two in the same match. After about 15 matches. As for the rest of the matches — there were NONE at all for me, and I only managed to foul the AI a pitiful handful of times, even when trying my best to.
The PES2016 fouls situation seems so strange that I’ve decided it must be just because it’s a demo. The matches in the demo are Exhibition matches — friendlies.
Refs let things go in friendlies. It’s got to be something like that. There’s no other reasonable explanation.
It isn’t possible that anybody on the PES development team actually thinks no-fouls football is a good idea. Is it? It’s not possible. Is it?
Whatever — a month from now, we shall see. All I’ll say now is that if this turns out to be the final fouling model for the full game, it’ll do well to last long. There’s a threshold of credibility that no football game can afford to drop beneath. A football game completely devoid of fouls and free kicks would be like one without corners and throw-ins. It couldn’t be taken seriously.
Yesterday morning I fired up FIFA15 for the first time in a while.
It was back in June when I last played this game — just one match, out of idle curiosity, that I recall switching off after failing to engage with.
I was still playing PES2015 at the time. Truly, when it comes to football gaming there is no mixing possible. You have to play one and not the other. There can be no ‘just popping onto the other game for a quick go’. It doesn’t happen, or if it does, it doesn’t happen for long.
This week I rediscovered my FIFA15 team — Coventry City, natch — sitting mid-table in the Premier League in April of Season 6 in Career Mode.
Yes, that’s Season SIX.
It’s worth remembering that PES2015 wasn’t released until the end of November last year, over two months after FIFA15 made its appearance. In those two months I played over 5 seasons of Career Mode. And had a great time, mostly.
This blog was on its extended hiatus back then. If it had been going, I’d have been waxing lyrical about FIFA15.
That’s not exactly a stellar lineup for a Season 6 team, is it? By PES2015 standards, that’s not even a starting Default team.
But I still know all the players. Jarstein in midfield is a Youth player whom I’ve nurtured and seen become a first-team regular over three seasons.
I played two matches. First on the difficulty that I found it set at, World Class.
Away to Arsenal, I lost 1-0 and didn’t really enjoy the match. The gameplay was much too pacy and frantic.
I was, of course, trying to play like PES, and trying to replicate my preferred PES moves. Most significantly, I was trying to hold sprint almost all the time when defending, and too often when attacking.
Second match, I bumped the difficulty down to Professional, and laid off sprint, and things were much better.
Home against Swansea — here is the first goal of the match, in a 1-minute clip featuring the preceding chunk of general gameplay:
In realtime, I was convinced that Swansea defender’s last-ditch sliding challenge was going to be a foul and penalty. But some hidden dice-roll of the game kept my player on his feet, and the ball was in the back of the net. Keeper should have saved it, but as I said last year in many comments over on Ultra Soccer Blog, the FIFA15 keepers are the best I’ve ever seen in a football game, and I stand by that to this day.
The second and final goal of the game is in this clip:
A very realistic punishment dished out on the breakaway against a Swansea team that was pushed all the way up looking for an equaliser.
Neither of the above goals would really happen on World Class difficulty or above, I think. I’m saying this because quite often when I talk about FIFA in a praising way, objections are lodged. Snippets of video are dissected to highlight moments that fail to meet basic footballing standards — standards that PES itself also often fails to meet, but of course that’s different.
All in all a fine return to a fine game. I’m planning more FIFA15 sessions this week. It’s a long 4 weeks from now until PES2016.