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Showing posts with label Pro Evolution Soccer. Show all posts


๐Ÿ’™⚽ Why I Love Football Video Games "It all started in a Fish & Chip Shop"⚽๐Ÿ’™ #Retrogaming

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It all started with an arcade game in a Fish & Chip Shop in Enfield.

The shop was called the Sea Shell Fish Bar and the arcade cabinet was TEHKAN WORLD CUP
After witnessing someone complete the game whilst I was standing in the shop queue with my dad one Friday night I was never the same again. 

I was obsessed with football video games from that point onwards and more specifically I was obsessed with the quest to find the best football game out there.


☆ "The Night Football Fun Came Home To Playstation" ☆ #Retrogaming

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Back in the time before FIFA ruled the soccer video games landscape PES was the game of choice.

The fun that the game brought me is incomparable to the sterile relationship I have with the current crop of FIFA reproductions we get handed every year.

I have said it before and it's most definitely true, the fun of football games has been drained out of the genre and replaced with a desire from developers to create a realistic as possible product.

The problem with this is that realism brings boring to the table. The fact is that 80% of real football matches are actually tactical boredom. 

Just look at the recent Liverpool vs Man Utd match to see how an overhyped product generally fails to deliver on the media frenzy from Sky and various media sources.

Now, why the heck would you want to spend your time playing a football game that makes it as hard to score in a game as it is in real life?

It's just not fun, is it?


☆ What Was The First Ever Football (Soccer) Video Game YOU Played? ☆ @dndn1011 @SuperRockGames #Retrogaming #GamersUnite

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Football games have formed a massive part of my video games playing for the last 30 years.

When I was younger I was constantly in search of the perfect football game. 

I always wanted to recreate the excitement of the playground game on my computer or console.

Once I had a football game in my possession it would be the only game I played for months on end.


★Pro Evolution Soccer "FUN vs REALISM"★ #RetroGaming #GamersUnite

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In it's hey day Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) was the most fun you could have with friends!


Many cooperative seasons were had with friends building a Master League Team to challenge the in game likes of Longobardi


So many custom leagues and cups were set up to decide who in the room was the finest PES player.


The game had the football (soccer) world at its feet.

So what went wrong?
In particular, what went wrong with football (soccer) video games in general?
With PES being the case in point let's look at what made it great at the time….
Passing - The passing at the time was slicker than anything we'd ever experienced on any other football game of the time. It was a joy to build up an amazingly intricate passing move to score a goal with a sublime finish that the move deserved

Tricks - The game play did not rely on you having to perform tricks to beat players, but some tricks were available should you want to use them. The game play rewarded team play over individuality and we liked that.

Unpredictability - In the heat of a match you never knew what madness would unfold. It never felt like you were just playing through the motions. Each game felt new and you just didn't know what was going to happen. In the earlier versions of PES there was no instant replay facility which was a shocking omission as you were left crying out for an instant replay of the ball hitting the bar, hitting the keepers head, then hitting the post only for it to come out to your striker from 3 yards out for him to hit the ball 30 ft over the bar!
When the replay & save facility was introduced there were many a replay saved that didn’t result in a goal. I even recall a goal celebration whereby a player appeared to punch someone in the nuts as they punched the air! 

Pick Up & Play - The game was just so easy to pick up and play. It was the classic game that separates the good games from the classic games. "Easy To Play BUT Hard To Master"

Master League - This mode was where we spent most of our time building a team of stars from a team of unknowns. Unknowns to most, but not all! Who could forget Huygens, Njord, Castillo, Espinas, Ivanov, Miranda and the rest of the Master League Default Team!!??
Legends in their own time, every last one of them as you meticulously went about replacing them over time as you could afford to. It was a marvellous game mechanic that's been replicated but never bettered.

FUN - The bottom line with PES was that it was FUN. It was never frustrating. You never felt like you were cheated out of a match (although the Hand Ball mechanic was pretty poor in some of the versions late on). The best team generally won.

Where Did It All Go Wrong?
We feel that PES lost it's way at PES 6.
All of a sudden it became infuriatingly hard. It felt like the game was pitted against you rather than trying to assist you in having a good time, you would spend hours trying to eeek out 1-0 wins as the keepers became insanely difficult to beat.

The bottom line was ….. It wasn't fun any more…..
Maybe by PES 6 we were getting bored?
We think it was about the time when football games were focussing on becoming more realistic and in becoming more realistic they had become less fun. We're all for an accurate representation of the sport in Video Games but where should it stop.

Of course this was only the start of PES' decline and by 2008 PES was clinicaly dead to the Video Games world as FIFA took over. 

Again FIFA seemed to take the FUN crown from PES in it's early iterations but again we've seen too much emphasis over the years of trying to become the ultimate Football Simulator rather than a great football game.
The football simulator takes away from the FUN in that the refs will yellow card you for breathing on players incorrectly or not wearing the right sock tape!!

I think there were times when we craved realism, but there comes a point where realism isn't fun……it's no longer escapism….

If I want to play real football, I will put my kit on for Norsemen Football Club on a Saturday and go and Walk Tall For The Blue Giants, I wont sit in front of my TV for 4 hours solid trying to eeeeek out a boring 1-0!


LONG LIVE PES 4 (Our Favourite Version Of PES)

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What's your take on realism in Sports games?

Is there a fine balance between Realism & Fun?

Or would you disagree with us and say that the more realistic the better?

Let Us Know!

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