I’m going through one of those spells with PES at the moment. I’m still playing with enjoyment and absorption in my ongoing Master League story, but my mind is partly elsewhere. It’s PES fatigue—the result of playing the game too much for too long.
PES fatigue is affecting you when you see what is average and poor about the game all too clearly, and you see what is good and great about it very dimly—or not at all. I’ve had spells of fatigue before during this PES year, and I’ve had them in previous PES years as well. The solution is to play the game a bit less, of course.
Right now there’s just so much going on in the PES world and in the world of football gaming in general. PES2009 is but a relative hop, skip, and a jump away. I’ve got HIGH hopes. And what’s that coming over the hill? It’s a monster—it’s FIFA09, the game that could potentially change everything. Konami and Seabass had better be really, really focused this year or they’ll pay the price. I’m sure of it. Their many friends in the gaming media are very unlikely to give them another pass, as happened last year.
I also have unfinished business with FIFA08. I never have mastered that game on any difficulty level higher than Professional. It’s time for PES fans like me to stop feeling ashamed of our newfound regard for ‘the dark side’. The dark side is no longer dark. Those PES fans who insist that the dark side is still dark have got their eyes firmly closed.
Away from the world of football gaming, I have other gaming needs that aren’t being met right now. Is it a crime to have unplayed copies of Halo3, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, Call of Duty 4, GTA4, and others? Yes, it is a crime, or it darn well should be. I also have Ninja Gaiden 2 and MGS4 arriving over the next few weeks. So, all in all, a natural break is coming.
The daily blogging will carry on. The difference will be that I’ll talk a lot more about other football games, particularly FIFA. Inevitably this means I’ll be slower to get through the PES seasons…
…of which today’s post is an example. I have only one more league game to report on, rather than the usual clutch of games.
It was my second game of season 2017. The opponents were Atletico Madrid, a decidedly odd team. They were relegated to Division 2 a few seasons ago, but came back up at the start of last season and have been one of Division 1’s best sides ever since. They thumped me in a key fixture last year.
This season’s corresponding fixture stank to high heaven. I was talking above about how PES fatigue makes you see the bad side of the game all too well… This game ended 4-4, not the kind of scoreline I like to see in PES. I think the reason why high-scoring games are relatively common this year is that defending has been made harder—or arguably impossible in certain circumstances. The CPU will get its goal(s) and that’s all there is to it. This is probably unfair, probably inaccurate—but hey, PES fatigue and all that. I’m afflicted.
At least all my strikers got on the scoresheet again. Cole played in this game and broke his duck for the season. Giggs got another tidy finish from the outside left position. Kim Cyun Hi got his 5th goal in two games. And Dos Santos rounded things off with my fourth. Atletico wrecked it all by keeping pace with me, scoring almost immediately whenever I scored. The spoilsports.