So this is my end-of-year ‘review’ of PES2010. I say it like ‘that’ because really, the whole year has been my review. This post is just an acknowledgment that the year of PES2010 is all but over. And how was it for me?
Pretty bloody great, actually. Between October 2009 and May 2010 I played PES2010 for around 200 hours. That’s small beer compared to some people, but considering that I work full time, 200 hours represents a hefty chunk of life.
My problem in trying to summarise PES2010 is the opposite of the one I faced with FIFA10. In EA’s game, I found great gameplay but there was nothing I wanted to do with it—there were just no modes for me. With PES2010, the gameplay was problematic, but Master League was extraordinary. It was the latter combination that won out.
And in my experience, PES2010’s gameplay was not as bad as all that. The sluggish response times and the slow-turning animations drove many PES veterans crazy. Not me, most of the time. I liked them.
I played Master League for 99.5% of my time on PES2010. That’s just how I roll. I’m a career mode player to the exclusion of almost all else.
I liked PES2010 and I don’t care. I don’t care if liking PES2010 makes me look hardcore or non-hardcore or fanboyish or whatever. For me, it succeeded as a PES game despite its faults. I respect the views of the very many PES veterans who found the game functionally unplayable due to the animations, the collision system, the teammate AI, and everything else that has been debated for the past year.
But all I can say is that in my 200 hours I found that PES2010 contained a level of charm and playability and sheer PESness that was lacking in its two immediate predecessors.
I’ll admit that my view of PES2010 would likely be very different if it hadn’t had Master League. Without ML, would I have played PES2010 for longer than a month? No, I don’t think that I would have.
I have wallowed in Master League. I have bathed in the glow of a career mode that was everything I wanted it to be. Yes, I’d probably marry it if I could.
For some reason, it took me 7 seasons to get promoted from Division 2. This helped create a snowball effect of intense addiction and an epic feel. My Master League career was a phenomenal one for the first time since PES5.
I made a full-length movie commemorating my multi-season struggle to get promoted. Here it is:
And so to the thorny issue of giving PES2010 a review-style score. I’m not a proper reviewer and this isn’t a proper review. Therefore my score is going to be gloriously subjective, based entirely on my own narrow perceptions.
If I was awarding the score based on Master League alone, it’d be 10/10. No question. But that would a touch too subjective.
I can’t ignore the problematic gameplay. As I’ve said, I enjoyed it a lot more than most, but even I could see where it stank to high heaven at times.
My final score for PES2010 is therefore 8.5/10.
9 would be too high. 8 would be too low, and would be the same as FIFA10’s score—which would be illogical given the disparity in playing time between the two.