Konami’s determination to make eFootball PES 2021 a “Season Replace” was a dangerous one. With each Sony and Microsoft rolling out new consoles, Konami rolled the cube and gave the “make the sports activities improvement cycle two years” gamble. Using two years of improvement time whereas constructing off the surprisingly strong and improved gameplay of PES 2021 has put a variety of stress on Konami to ship a vastly improved total footy expertise for PES 2022. It’s with this in thoughts that I’ll element 5 areas that should see enchancment on this PES 2022 wishlist.
PES 2022 Wishlist
Grasp League Enhancements
What good is strong gameplay if the principle offline profession mode (Grasp League) is stale and outdated? Grasp League is the spine of PES, however over time it’s grow to be outdated, affected by an absence of inventiveness and creativity. Every little thing from the youth academy to “regen” gamers must be checked out with a watch in direction of making it not less than on par with EA’s FIFA 2021.
As soon as upon a time, Grasp League was the benchmark for footy profession modes, however sadly over time the dearth of assets put into it by Konami has seen it left within the mud. Merely put, Grasp League must be higher for PES 2022.
An Enhanced Edit Mode
What would PES be with out its loyal neighborhood that takes the barebones edit mode and produces great possibility recordsdata? In all probability not a lot in the event you ask me. For starters, there must be an internet community-based server hosted by Konami the place you possibly can obtain possibility recordsdata with out the necessity for exterior USB-based storage units. The complexity concerned in loading possibility recordsdata probably drives just a few people away who would seemingly keep if they may hit a “obtain and apply edit file” button.
After that enhancement, there are extra modifications to edit mode that must occur. Let’s begin with a greater stadium editor. On this age of license wars, the extra choices the higher, and as of now, the choices accessible that pertain to stadiums should not sufficient.
Final however definitely not least, there must be extra “slots” for kits, supervisor/stadium images, and so forth. We shouldn’t be restricted by some random in-game quantity for slots. If I wish to refill my console’s onerous drive with each package Chelsea has ever worn, then let me do it!
Revamped Techniques System & AI
I’m placing these two collectively, not as a result of I’m attempting to sneak in a sixth merchandise, however as a result of they feed off one another. The tactical system in PES has gone unchanged for a while now. In truth, the final main addition to the system was “fluid formations” — launched approach again in PES 2018. Certain, particular person techniques like “Gegenpress” had been added extra not too long ago, however total one of many foremost areas holding the AI again was the techniques system and the rigidness with which the AI follows them.
Techniques like “lengthy ball” and “deep line of defense” are definitely approaches that managers absorb actual life, however they’re utilized contextually in actual life when the scenario requires it. Seeing the AI go the ball backwards in PES is an efficient factor, however seeing these gamers go backwards simply to hoof it up the pitch to a diminutive striker is irritating. Extra importantly, it additionally makes the AI predictable and straightforward to learn.
Other than a significant overhaul in techniques, the AI additionally has some kinks to work out, and that is very true because it pertains to “responsiveness” and “consciousness” on the pitch. Having your gamers caught in animations or seeing them utterly ignore the ball are two of my greatest pet peeves with PES. If I’m being sincere, PES 2021 is healthier on the subject of each than every other current iterations, however each areas might use some work.
PES could be very harking back to conventional Italian managers like Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri. Each are very large on set patterns of play when attacking, which might make them predictable at occasions. PES typically falls into this lure, so hopefully PES 2022 does a greater job of getting some extra unpredictability on the subject of AI.
Look, in the event you’re going to lack the main licenses of FIFA, then you definitely higher make up for it in different areas similar to presentation and menus. Not having genuine presentation packages hurts, however the total presentation components in PES might merely use some modernization. Extra statistical overlays could be good. Having the league desk earlier than a match, one thing about current type, and even simply collected season stats for gamers in-game would do wonders.
And talking of league tables, would it not harm to vary “Rankings” to “League Desk” and even “Standings”? There are such a lot of odd selections of phrases that may be off-putting to any gamers new to PES. Yearly Konami boasts about updating the menus — and to their credit score they form of do. The highest menus all the time have a contemporary coat of paint, and I’m principally effective with what the 12 months brings, however it’s the sub-menus which can be in dire want of a facelift. PES’ tutorial isn’t unhealthy — it does cowl a variety of gameplay nuances — however you nearly want a tutorial to only navigate the menus.
Harness The Energy Of Subsequent-Gen Consoles
Graphically, FIFA 21 subsequent gen was an enormous step up from my PS4 Professional model. I do know EA was not lauded with reward for the graphical modifications — not less than compared to one thing like NBA 2K21 — however as an avid participant, I seen.
Textures seemed extra crisp, participant faces had been extraordinarily detailed, and lighting was improved. I count on the identical factor from PES, however not simply with the scanned faces. These are typically glorious, however for the generic gamers that usually fill out groups Konami should now do higher. Nothing dampens the temper fairly just like the random generic PES participant in all his glory throughout a zoomed-in replay.
One of many undersold promoting factors for the PS5 is the adaptive controller. Earlier than the improved graphics kicked in, it was the texture of the controller that sucked me in. With a while with the brand new controller, I hope Konami will get artistic with the haptic touchpad and sensors. PS4 video games like Ghost of Tsushima took a swing at utilizing the touchpad intuitively, so I can solely think about what the PS5 is able to (sorry Microsoft followers).
Audio must be improved as effectively. This implies extra commentary strains for Drury and Beglin, and extra selection added to stadium sounds. Companion golf equipment must have genuine in-match audio. If not that, go the PS3 route and permit us to import our personal customized audio clips. (For reference, one 12 months my spouse gave me Bluetooth headphones so she wouldn’t have to listen to Stamford Bridge’s “Come on Chelsea” via the encompass sound.)
Final, load occasions must drastically decreased. The times of loading PES up, grabbing a snack, and making it again to your controller simply as the primary pop-up seems must be over. Fortunately, if something occurs, I feel it is going to be this.
It’s going to be a giant 12 months for eFootball PES 2022 and that’s why I wished to place collectively this wishlist for a few of the prime gadgets the corporate must nail proper off the bat. There are going to be a variety of eyes on this recreation and raised expectations for the parents over there at Konami. Failure to ship or innovate goes to result in a variety of “they’d two years and that is one of the best they may provide you with this?” speak, and in my view that may be cheap. We’re nonetheless just a few months away from after we begin listening to information concerning the subsequent recreation, however Konami, “you had my curiosity, now you will have my consideration.”
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