I’m downloading FIFA09 Ultimate Team as I type. The download is 1.62 GB—what the frak?—and has been motoring along fairly quickly, so it should be ready to play soon. I hope to get it all set up and a few matches played before I have to do other things later today.
I’ve spent the past few days reading up about Ultimate Team. I had no real idea what it was all about. Some kind of trading cards mini-game? But it turns out to be so much more than that, almost like a multiplayer Manager Mode. Could this be the game mode that gets me playing online regularly? I doubt it—my life just isn’t online-friendly. I’m not online-friendly. But at least it could get me playing FIFA09 regularly again.
Wednesday’s post about the future of PES—in particular, about the familiar rumours of PES2010 being IT, the BIG ONE, the Return of the King, etc. etc.—was PES Chronicles’ most-viewed new post for some time. Probably those phantom PES2010 Googlers had a lot to do with it, but I also think that it’s symptomatic of a real hunger for PES news out there.
For all the disappointments of the past two years, those who played and loved PES with all their heart and soul until just a few short years ago haven’t gone anywhere. It’s still in our memories, in our bones, in our blood, in the fibre of our being. FIFA09 is the best football game of this generation so far, but PES built up enough stock over the years 1998-2006 to easily effect a comeback. IF the new product is right. We’ll see.
But not too soon, eh? I’ve got FIFA09, and Ultimate Team, and PES2009’s Become a Legend, and PES2008 on the PSP, and lots of other games besides to be getting along with right now. The clocks go forward this weekend (spring forward, remember). Summer is just around the corner. It’s a long way to September and October. I’m far too old to be wishing my life away.
For next week I have a plan (I’m just like a Cylon in that respect). On Monday I’ll post about my immediate impressions of FIFA09 Ultimate Team. On Wednesday I’ll post about Become a Legend, which I should have got around to playing by then. And on Friday I’ll talk about my new love for knitting. Not really. That last one was a joke.