Not a single moment of football gaming for me since Monday’s decent session with the PES2018 Demo . My next footy gaming will probably be PES2018 itself next week.
As release day approaches, I always get the jitters, and they always start getting worse at this precise juncture, when early copies start to arrive. I keep an interested eye on the forums and websites that report all the news and impressions. I soak up the general way the new PES is being received – always with excitement, as is only right, and always with enthusiasm. There really is nothing like release week, and the first week or two after.
What if the new PES isn’t very good, or outright bad? The latter has never happened. Even the worst PES editions have delivered value greater than the amount of currency spent on them.
PES2008(PS3) and PES2016 are the two worst PES games in the entire series, in my view. PES2008(PS3) just edges it as the worst. But even these editions have their ardent admirers. So I’m not claiming to be some objective measurer of worth in PES terms. I know what I personally like and what I personally don’t like, and I measure my PES experiences in those terms. Likes and dislikes will be individual to us all, with some points of overlap, but on the whole, we each have our own PES ‘fingerprint’.
For me, PES2008 and PES2016 were terrible. PES2014, for most of its year of life, was in the same bracket – but now I regard PES2014 as one of the greatest ever PESes, that will never get the credit it deserves. PES2014 could have changed the course of footy gaming history, had it only been finished on release. Many PES gamers recall ’14 with a superstitious shudder and will never change their opinion of it. That’s just how it goes.
I fret that PES2018 will be a million-mile-an-hour, high-octane, online-oriented arcade offering. It seems likely from early impressions and screens that recent years’ tendency to eliminate stoppages in play and maximise ‘flow’ [vomit], has been accelerated to the max in PES2018. An entire layer of football gaming might be missing from PES2018. Its PR team might make noises about passing concerns on to the development team, but nothing will happen. The die is cast.
The truth of the matter is that PES is not made with middle-aged men in mind. 15 years ago, yes, I was right on the demographic. And the gaming landscape was very different. Online existed, but it was a minority interest. The game back then was made with offline single-player experience firmly in the foreground.
All that has changed. My impression of Konami’s PR in recent years is that they’re irritated by single-players ‘moaning’ about the progressive dismantling of their preferred gameplay.
I’ll stop that line of thought now. Release week is at hand. There’s a full year stretching ahead for me to whine about fouls etc.
And who knows. PES2018 might pleasantly surprise us single-player gamers out of the box, or after a patch. We’ll see.
Release week is at hand! PES Chronicles will be down for Maintenance for a couple of hours on the evening of Monday 11th September. A new skin, that’s all. Not much different from the current one, probably.
And then we will have at it.