Konami released a second Demo to the upcoming title PES 2013 on August 29th. What does this say about Konami? Well in my opinion a lot. First of all they are dead serious about providing their fans with the best possible soccer experience and secondly they take their fans opinions to heart.
With this new Demo fans can expect to see many new features to try out:
- You will notice a new balance between offensive and defensive actions.
- Improvements have been made to shot speed, passing trajectory and targeting.
- You will also notice better blocking actions by defensive players.
- The AI have been tuned up.
- The Demo also allows fans to play with 11 fully licensed teams; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Athletic Club Bilbao, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Santos, Corinthians, Boca Juniors and Chivas.
- Last but not least fans will get a first hand look at the new and improved training challenges as well as the new anthems for each team.
If you have yet to see my first Demo Impressions article you can check it out here – PES 2013 Demo Impressions.
After playing the first PES 2013 Demo I didn’t think the game could get much better. Of course besides the obvious polishing up of graphics etc. for the final product prior to release. However, Konami has surprised me yet again. Not only was I surprised, but I was excited that they were releasing a second demo. To me Konami is displaying their extreme dedication to their products and fans by taking the time to keep trying to improving their games. They are top notch in my eyes.
But what about the new Demo itself? A lot of companies release updates and “improvements” to their games that are seldom note worthy. Konami on the other hand has released huge improvements that are more than obvious. Not necessarily all in a positive way but noticeable nonetheless. The most noticeable changes can be seen to the AI, followed by shot speed and passing.
While playing the first demo I felt comfortable with the controls and the movements of my team. There was very little that needed to be learned in order to play. It was as simple as picking up my controller, picking my team and pressing start. This did not change one little bit with the second demo. They did add a first time look at the new training challenges we can expect to see when the game releases. If training is your thing you will love this option.
As we all know nobody is perfect and Konami is no exception to the rule. I did notice that SOME of the improvements, not all, in my opinion were not improvements at all, but rather a step back. The “improvements” to shot speed and passing seemed very dumbed down and I did not like them at all. When it comes to these things the first Demo is were it is at.
I did however like the improvements to the AI. This made the game more challenging and fun. The AI portrays an extremely realistic like play style. They actively defend their end zones, block your shots and steal the ball. Not to mention the numerous amounts of penalties they got for tripping my team mates. The AI realism is so astounding that I felt like I was playing a real person on the other end.
If I could say one thing to Konami about the PES 2013 Demo’s it would be “If you go back to the shot speed, passing trajectory and targeting from Demo No.1 but keep the improved defensive actions of the AI from Demo No. 2 PES 2013 will be Golden.”
Despite these few disappointments I still can confidently say I am impressed with Konami. I am hopeful they will make note of what their fans liked from both Demo 1 and Demo 2 and make the appropriate adjustments needed to release the best PES title to date.
For more information about PES 2013 check out their Official Website.
//This Demo is taken from a product that is still in development and as such does not represent the quality and appearance of the final product. ~ via Konami Digital Entertainment//