PES 2014 was billed as the first PES using the new fox engine. It fell well short of the hype however, with the majority of fans being very unhappy with it.
Here are just a few tweets from fans:
Last Tweet of the night before bed. As much as I love PES, PES 2014 is an absolute nightmare. It really hit me how bad it was earlier 🙁
— Gari Clark (@GariClark) September 29, 2013
I rarely get frustrated and annoyed at a game, but it’s just laughable how bad #PES2014 is online. Shocking.
— Asim ‘Ken’ Tanvir (@AsimTanvir) September 20, 2013
Playing PES2014 was literally the worst experience of my life
— Lawrence Schott (@lowzOTT) October 28, 2013
Konami naturally denied PES 2014 was a poor or even unfinished game but they practically admitted such through European Brand Manager Adam Bhatti recentl, who said:
That’s a really good ethos. We tend to have the same focus every year, we stick to a time. We learned with PES 14. As you mentioned, it was probably half done, and I think that was the feedback we got from all the fans. The majority of fans [were] extremely unhappy with us last year. We heard them and we’re fully aware, so this year it’s not just a case of ‘don’t worry, we’re going to fix it’. When it ships, it’ll be ready. With PES 14, we had a new engine – FOX Engine – that we were trying to incorporate and many of the gameplay feelings of PES were just lost really, because we were trying to make a game that looked beautiful. But really, PES has been known for playing the beautiful game but not really caring about… how we moved, having the most accurate animation. [Earlier PES titles] definitely captured certain things, like a player run, for example, but it was super responsive and that allowed you to be very instinctive when you played. [In] PES 14, you had to think two seconds before you were going to do something because the animation would play out, and that’s not PES.
It seems Konami are learning from their mistakes as PES 2015 will be released when it is completed. That could mean a later release than expected but on the upside it does show Konami are serious about making PES 2015 as good as it can be.