Today’s a big day for PES2010-related news, with the expiry of playtest NDAs across various high-profile PES websites. I’ll probably get around to commenting about it all in Friday’s post. The idea behind PES Chronicles is a simple one: a personal blog about my experiences of playing football games from day to day. It’s not a news aggregator website.
And so the biggest football game issue for me right now is the loss of my Manager Mode savegame in FIFA09. I’m still just as intrigued about PES2010 as the next PES fan, but after losing dozens of hours of hard FIFA09 play to a random glitch, or data loss, or whatever it was—I’m somewhat distracted, let’s say.
Apparently, FIFA09 doesn’t want to be loved. Not by me anyway. Things were good between me and FIFA09—probably the best they’ve ever been. Certainly I’ve not been this happy with FIFA09 since my regrettable, gushing reception of the game back in October last year.
But now something has gone wrong with my Manager Mode save file. It just crashes. It seems to be non-recoverable. It’s a bummer.
I’d had my ups and downs with FIFA09. It’s a game with too many issues. Every PES-schooled football gamer will know the kind of issues I mean.
But over the past few weeks things were beautiful, brilliant, the best ever. And, what was most surprising, I was really getting into my Manager Mode career.
I never thought it would happen between me and Manager Mode, but it did happen. The key, I found, is to forget all about it being a supposed career mode, and just play it as a long-term league competition mode where you can bring in new players if you want them. I loved my team, and my players, particularly Pavlyuchenko—a big, strong striker in the Schwarz mould, but who could accelerate like a Porsche. It was all perfect. I’d played every morning for the past three weeks. “Ain’t nothin‘ gonna stop us…”
And now the save game won’t work any more. It just freezes as soon as I try to play the next match. Liverpool vs. Coventry City. I can move around in all the game and pre-match menus the same as normal. As soon as I try to start the match, BOOM. Black screen. Full console lock-up. Game Over.
I’ve probably hard-rebooted my Xbox360 twenty or thirty times trying various things to get around the freeze. Nothing’s doing it. (So, yes, I’ve already tried turning it off and turning it back on again.)
Google reveals that this is a common problem in Manager Mode. There’s no known solution. Most people seem to have got it in their 3rd seasons. It happened to me in my 4th season (or my 5th—not sure now).
Nobody knows what the cause is, whether it’s corrupt data or what. I have tried resetting the squads. I have tried deleting the cache. I have also deleted the game from the 360 hard drive and reinstalled it. I’ve fiddled about randomly with the menus, trying to fool the match into loading. Nothing worked. I’ve also tried Simming the match—it still just freezes, immediately.
I was, and still am, genuinely distraught. A lot of time and effort went into that Manager Mode career. It was just getting great. The goals were flying in. Some were the kinds of goals I never thought I’d score regularly in FIFA09.
If this had happened just a month ago, truthfully, I wouldn’t have been so bothered. That it should happen now, when I feel that I’m just getting to know FIFA09 properly, is just too cruel.
A common refrain in the information I’ve found is that people have eventually just started new careers. But what guarantee is there that the problem, whatever it is, won’t recur? The consensus seems to be: make continuous, rolling, backup saves, every 5 games or so. That way the worst that can happen is you have to replay the last session. This assumes that the problem is corrupted save data, of course.
No more Pavlyuchenko. No more Bojan.No more ‘me’—the created player I used in BaP, and imported into my Manager Mode when I started it—who’d developed beautifully and was one of my team’s best players. Sure, I can always get Pavlyuchenko and Bojan again. I can import ‘me’ again. But it won’t be the same. That savegame was a unique record of tens of hours of playing time. It was shaping up to be something special.
But I’ve bit the bullet and restarted anyway. All the way back to the beginning. I’m not impressed. Not impressed at all.