Konami drop Mark Lawrenson from PES
Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson has been dropped by Konami for PES 2011 to be replaced by ITV pundit Jim Beglin. This will be music to the ears of the many PES fans who accuse the former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender of putting in wooden and half-hearted performances while commentating in the game.
You will recognise Jim Beglin, another former Liverpool and Ireland player, for his commentary on UEFA Champions Leagues matches on ITV. Beglin is confident on the mic, but he can sometimes come across as arrogant.
He will be sitting next to Jon Champion who has retained his commentary position. Konami told CVG that they were very happy with Champion, and that the changes were all part of a planned makeover for the game:
“With Jon Champion we’ve always had someone who’s better at ad libbing. We’ve not only changed one member of the commentary team – which I hope people will be really pleased about – but we’ve gone for a much more live effect with the sound generally.
We’ve changed the scripts, the studios we use etc. So we have done a certain amount. I think we’ve done enough to improve the atmosphere. In addition, the menu screens are a lot less ‘Japanese-y'; a lot less clunky than they have been in the past.
Also, at the end of the day, how are you going to play PES most of the time? It’s against mates and the biggest thing you’ll hear will be you ripping the p*ss out of your friend because you’ve just scored a goal against him.”
PES has fallen far behind the FIFA series in recent years so a major facelift is needed, but the guys at Konami have been on top before so they know what it takes to make a successful football game. For their sake, let’s hope they remember for PES 2011.
We want to know your thoughts. Are you sad to see the back of Mr. Wood? Or do you have a soft spot for the mullet-wearing guy? Can Beglin do a better job?
We’ve put an example of Lawrenson’s commentary at the top of the page so you can just for yourself just how bad it really his. It’s probably one of his better moments.