I didn’t get to play another session on the PES2019 PC demo with the Time Expander tool after all. Life and work intervened. When I’ve played, I’ve played other games. (There are other games than PES in my life.)
There’s always something to worry about in the post-singleplayer-focused world, which is definitely the world we now inhabit. The problem is that while we know this intellectually, we still manage to think and feel as if cuddly old Seabass is still at the helm, that it’s basically still 2004 right now, and that the new PES simply must be awesome.
The only football game action I’ve had since Tuesday has been keeping an eye on the forums and the general chatter about the full PES2019 game. Early copies have reached a few outlying regions.
I don’t like what I’ve seen and heard about the speed of the full game. I don’t like what I’ve seen and heard about player individuality in the full game.
I definitely don’t like what I’ve seen and heard about AI-committed fouls in the full game. There’s not much evidence out there that the demo AI fouling levels have been scaled up to longer matches in the full game.
In the 5-minute PES2019 demo on consoles, many matches were agreeably ‘full’ of fouls. There were still too many with few or none, but there were enough with many to appease me.
‘Wow,’ we all thought. ‘Imagine this scaled up to 10-minute matches in the full game!’
The burning question is: have they done the dirty on us? Has it been a bait-and-switch operation?
This is potentially the mother of all PES betrayals over the past decade. Every other anti-singleplayer indignity the series has suffered would, in my view, pale into near-nothingness in comparison to this.
This is the final red line that must not be crossed.
As ever, playing the game with your own hands is the only analysis that really counts.
Roll on next week. Release Week! It’s this special feeling that makes us keep coming back, year after year.
It feels good to be here again, after genuinely feeling earlier this year that I could no longer participate in the nuPES era.
That feeling might return, might not, who knows. I suspect that at some point over the next few years, PES will really have to make its mind up and pick a side – and it’ll pick the other side – the online side – but that time is not quite here. Not just yet. Theres still enough of PES left for me to feel this special feeling today.
In this coming Bank Holiday week I’ll most likely get the game via Royal Mail on Wednesday 29th August. So I should be able to post my 1st Impressions post that same evening.