I’m still in the process of pre-ordering my copy of PES2020. And here is a sight to warm the cockles. Searching Simply Games for ‘efootball’ produces the result you can see here. Zilch. Nothing.
Sadly, searching ‘e football’, with a space, does produce the PES2020 result. Boooo.
That gap between ‘e’ and ‘football’ is as strange to me as the one that so many people put between ‘PES’ and its year. I will always render the name of the game as PES2019, for example, whereas the majority seem to prefer ‘PES 2019’. I don’t know which is right and which is wrong or why. I only know what I like.
(P.S. I still haven’t preordered. I’m dithering this year over whether to go PC or stick with console. It’ll almost certainly still be console, but I’m allowing myself the luxury of taking time to choose.)
I’ve played another few demo matches, and that is now the end of the demo for me. The only reason I will now put on the PES2020 demo, on any platform, for the rest of time, is if somebody discovers an Easter egg of some type hidden in the code, which is of course most likely on the PC platform.
The 5-minute demo on the PS4 is no longer of interest. So I now wait with the rest of the PES-facing world to see just what disfigurement Konami can wreak on PES2020 between now and September 10th (or thereabouts).
It’s a shame that this is the outcome so many times when taking a shot from outside the box.
HitThePostOrBarFromRange2020 would still be a better name than eFootball.
I’ve continued my manual passing and shooting experiment on PES2019. My Cercle Brugge career is now well into Season 17 within the Master League world as a whole. I was with Coventry until the end of Season 15 of course.
I swooped for Jarvis from my old club, picked up Emre Can from my own Youths, and got myself a few other journeymen. I’m enjoying it.
In another innovation, I have started playing with drastically reduced HUD elements. I saw a South American YouTuber muttering in Portuguese over footage of his own beloved Master League. He had turned off every single screen overlay, including the scores.
I have not gone that far. Here’s mine below. My player is just in the act of making a pass:Scoreboard top-left. Translucent radar bottom-middle. Nothing else. The strategy and ATT/DEF level markers appear for a couple of seconds when changed. It’s enough.
I couldn’t do without the scoreboard and radar. I like to orient myself within a match in time and space.
The biggest change here is the elimination of all on-screen power bars for passing and shooting. Remember the fuss when the little arced power bar first made its appearance in PES2011? ‘Surely they can’t stick with this,’ we complained. ‘It looks stupid,’ we grumbled.
Funny how quickly that under-player power bar became part and parcel of the visual grammar of football gaming. Doing away with it feels like a pleasing step back to classic PES days. And truth be told, our passing and shooting nous is all in the fingers anyway.
As a pleasing bonus, removing the on-screen power bar also removes it from the Free Kick view, making a system that at times is a touch on the easy side, that bit much harder. Since removing the HUD power bar I’ve got about 10 free kicks in shooting positions on the PES2020 Demo and on PES2019, and have fluffed them all. Normally I’d have scored about 3 or 4 of them.
My manual passing and shooting experiment is starting to wane a little. I am still relishing the sheer bloody difficulty of it, but it does take the wind out of my sails to work a great chance only for my 20-year muscle memory to take over and cause me to hit the corner flag with the resulting shot.
Here is a full 10-minute match, full manual, reduced HUD:
It’s all a matter of training of course. Sticking with it.
I’m in two minds here. On the one hand, PES on manual settings is fantastically hard and rewarding when it comes off, like a footy game Dwarf Fortress. On the other hand, I know that come mid-September, with the evenings drawing in, I’ll want the pipe-and-slippers experience of having my normal Master League trajectory…
I’ll see how it all goes.