When you think of Pes 2018, what words do you immediately associate with Konami’s latest football simulation? Joy? Disappointed? Hope? Frustration?
It’s certainly too early in the life cycle of the game as a whole for a postmortem but whatever your thoughts, on the surface PES 2018 has certainly been a success for Konami this season with solid sales, strong reviews, a boost in marketability and further growth in the popularity of their flagship online game mode; myClub.
Of course, success is measured in more ways than one especially in this modern era of DLC heavy titles and while there is a large percentage of fans satisfied with the overall package (issues notwithstanding) there are others still who continue to bemoan what the series has become. Numbers, surveys and figures certainly paint a contrasting picture to some who have been left disappointed by the game but for the future of the series, it’s important to pay just enough attention to both sets of fans without getting bogged down with opinions you don’t agree with.
In this current age of gaming, more and more companies are focusing on what keeps eyes on screens even if it means stifling originality or longevity. Familiarity is a powerful tool and PES players who return to the game throughout the year and invest both time and money are often more valued to developers than the casual players who make a habit of dipping in and out throughout the year.
Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty have nailed this formula for years with recent behemoth PUBG now the new kid on the block. Having loyal and consistent gamers playing your game months after release is the ultimate goal for companies because it means you can develop the players and the game simultaneously for current titles and future iterations with a foundation being built upon coexisting features with a certain familiarity to the consumer.
There’s that word again. Familiarity.
Certain players might pick up the game at launch and play it sporadically but they fall into a different category compared to the core group. There will always be an never ending conveyer belt of fresh Pes players trying the game out each year but in order for the series to truly grow and adapt, the core and casual need to meet somewhere in the middle in both expectations and feedback.
Yes. PES 2018 is rife with issues but issues don’t define a game. There are key areas that need focus but not all areas are of equal importance and it’s time to accept that PES can’t be all things to all people. It’s just not possible.
Sometimes you have to pick your fight and concentrate all efforts on improving bit by bit. Offline and myClub are miles apart and it will take more than a year to fix. People who want a stellar offline experience don’t care about their online loving comrades and vice versa. This means there will always be a portion of fans who are unhappy no matter what.
The disjointed offline vs online argument has morphed into the much more maligned casual vs hardcore argument with both sides intent on defining what is and isn’t important for Pro Evo games instead of enjoying what’s personally enjoyable and critiquing what needs work and forgetting that PES as a fully featured game is still on the infancy stage compared to other sports titles which has had years of refinement.
PES 2019 is a game which needs a true vision and that vision needs to start right now with the fans coming together to give honest, fair, realistic feedback to Konami. Its glaringly obvious that the game modes need a huge update and Konami know this but it’s important for us fans to steer the ship in the right direction without the need to either sling mud or blindly praise at any given chance depending on how you see the current base game.
Expecting a story based mode similar to The Journey is not realistic.
Expecting a solid offline experience with progressive depth and intelligent mechanics is.
myClub to be fleshed out is also a key area for growing the series.
myClub to be a direct clone of ultimate team is not.
PES has always rewarded people who put the time in and that unique direction once saw the series at the top but in this modern age of gaming, innovation and consistency need to go hand in hand equally. There doesn’t need to be a hardcore ve casual argument anymore – there needs to be a realistic direction in which the base game can aim towards, one that most fans can get behind,
Like last year, we will be opening our official PES Universe Fan Survey so please do get involved.
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