A few days from the patch that will paradoxically save PES2018. I say ‘paradoxically’ there because, on the face of it, PES2018 often seems to not be a game that needs saving.
I’m playing with (mostly) enjoyment. I’m getting through the sessions and the seasons. I’m bonding with my ML team as much as this new-style, low-individuality PES will allow me to.
So why the big anticipation for the patch this Thursday?
Because without surgery, PES2018 might not make it to the end of the calendar year.
I’ve had two shooting-range free kicks this season so far. Two. In PES2018, your most strategic decision is whether to take corners long or short.
This is still a decent computer game, no question about that. Often a good one. But it’s only sporadically a great PES game. I always want and expect PES to be great. ‘Good enough’ is simply not good enough.
For PES2018 ever be a great PES game, change has got to come. It’s still a respectable 8/10 sort of game at its best, even with all the issues. I’m very intrigued to see what a potential fix for the headline problems might do. Konami have previous here: PES2014. We shall see on Thursday.
Back at the ranch, I’m still second in the D2 table in season 3. After cruising for most of the season so far, I had one of those sessions. In a total of 12 matches (a single session thanks to the PS4’s Standby feature) I won perhaps 2 matches. Drew about 6. Lost the rest.
Veldwijk, who had been scoring for fun, could no longer score for anything. He got 1 solitary goal toward the end of the session.
As you can see, the 3rd place team has closed to within 6 points of my position, and it is only March in my Season 3. It’s a long old season in Division 2, and so there are enough matches left for me to slip up if I allow it.
Somehow, though, I imagine that the next time I switch on the game later today, things will be different. PES is never exactly the same game from session to session. This is the source of all the ‘patch has changed the gameplay’ rubbish that we hear after every balls ‘n’ boots update from people who forget (or never really knew) that PES plays differently from one session to the next under normal conditions.
This time, the imminent patch really will change the gameplay. Those of us who have played nearly every day since release (including me, except I rarely play at weekends anymore) will be best placed to judge by how much, and whether those changes have brought about the necessary conditions to turn PES2018 from a (so far) decent short-term football game into what it deserves to be: a long-term PES proposition.
The clock is ticking.