Today is Part 2 of the FIFA10 demo special. I’ll be back to normal service on Monday.
Another session of about 5 matches on the FIFA10 demo this morning. You know what? Unlike yesterday, I didn’t really have that good a time. I thought I was playing FIFA09 for most of it (and that, perhaps, is the problem). #1 on my worry list: where, and exactly what, is the 360-dribbling supposed to be?
I spent most of last night reading the forums. Many were like me: unable to detect the 360-dribbling. I could see it, or something I thought might have been it, in the Arena. But that looked like 16-way directional movement at best.
I have run the ball out of play a few times when I thought I was dribbling in a straight line down the wings. Is that 360-dribbling in action? I think it is. If so, I just need to adapt to it and learn to use it to my advantage in normal play.
Within an hour of the demo going live there were videos of long-range FIFA10 goals popping up on YouTube. Sumptuous 35-yarders. Clever 25-yard dinks. Piledrivers from near the halfway line. Free kicks that arced up into the wide blue yonder only to miraculously descend again and finish in the back of the net. Which only makes me even more puzzled about what the hell was going on at Gamescom a few weeks ago.
Here’s my best few goals so far. First there’s a messing-around curler in the Arena with Lampard. Then comes a very basic 20-yard strike in my first proper match. And lastly, one of my patented ‘floaters’—a shot taken whilst pulling both triggers (pace control+finesse) from outside the box.
Neither is anything really special compared to the festival of dazzling strikes we’ve had the pleasure of seeing over the past 24 hours. But they’re still both goals scored from outside the box. That’s the area of the pitch that’s outside the penalty area. You are allowed to shoot from there after all. Are you watching, Gamescom people? Eh? Are you?
And now I’ve got to make a confession. This is the sting in the tail. I’ve got to give early warning of something big that might be afoot.
I might be turning back to PES in a big way. After my FIFA10 session this morning, I went and had a couple of games in my Master League career on the Xbox 360 version of PES6. It was like drinking a refreshing glass of cold water on a parching hot day. Everything that had bothered me in FIFA10 was gone. There was a spontaneity and energy in PES6 that I’ve never felt in next-gen FIFA, not even during the good times.
PES6(360) takes me back to the glory days of PES2-PES5, when the greatness of PES was axiomatic. I’m starting to come round to a view that I’ve slightly mocked in the past. I mean the dreaded ‘special feeling’ of PES! No doubt I’ll come back to address this in more detail over the next month. And no doubt I’ll end up repudiating it all. But for now, it’s the way things are.
Certain goals in PES still get me blowing kisses at the bedroom walls. Here’s one from today. It was 1-1 in a tight, tight, tight match against Manchester United. It’s my first season challenging for the D1 title, and I needed a win. I’d been knocking the ball around looking for an opening and not finding one. I was getting very frustrated (in a good way) and thought, sod it, I’ll try a ridiculous first-time shot… It was with Huddlestone, a good but unspectacular player for me.
Recently I’ve said, almost off-handedly, that I can really only see me playing one game this winter. I can only really play and enjoy one game at a time. Mixing them up together doesn’t work for me (as this post is strong evidence of). Yes, it’s more flip-flopping. I’d love to find a singularly great game and settle down with it and cleave unto no other, but the past two years just hasn’t gone that way.
Right now, hand on heart, I would like my main game this year to be PES2010. Isn’t that a weird thing? There’s still time for this slightly ‘meh’ phase with FIFA and FIFA10 to pass and for the undeniable greatness of it to pull me back in. But this is a blog—a daily journal. I can only say what I’m feeling each day, and today, I love PES. It’s all that PES6’s fault, you know.