I’m having a great time on PES2010, possibly a better time than I have any right to be having. It’s not been very well received by the wider PES community, it seems to me, but it’s my only football game at the moment. I played FIFA10 a lot when that game came out and I still admire it a great deal. I look forward to the day in the future when I pick it up and play it again. But I said all along that I could only ever play either PES2010 or FIFA10 in any period of time, not both. I’m sticking to that viewpoint.
I’m playing Master League, which is almost the only thing that I ever play on PES. In the second season of my career, I passed through the mid-season transfer period—that’s the TRANSFER period, not the negotiations period as it used to be. Negotiations can now take place all-year-round, with transfers themselves occurring within the traditional two windows. It’s a new system that still catches me out. I still forget that I can search for, scout, and place bids on players at any time I like.
I think it’ll take at least the whole of this PES year for the name-change to trickle down through the PES world and become embedded in consciousness. Even when we all accept it as real, we’ll still call it the negotiations window, I predict. In many ways it’s as radical a change as Marathon to Snickers, Opal Fruits to Starburst, Constantinople to Istanbul…
I was cautious about bringing in new players. While I’m struggling and have only got a little money, I’d risk setting myself up for a hard fall when it comes to paying the bills in the last week of August. You don’t get a GAME OVER any more when you exceed your budget in Master League. Instead, you have players randomly sold from under you, and/or your backroom staff downgraded a level or two. As I haven’t got any staff upgrades to be downgraded, my players would be in danger.
Still, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in a few players. I can always sell a few players if I have to. Selling players isn’t hard in PES2010. The CPU puts in plenty of offers just before Wages Day, giving ample opportunity to balance the books.
I picked up a decent-looking CB called LOLO (68 OVR) from the free agents pool. His name just makes me smile for some reason… I also got LORRONDO (70 OVR), a CF, also from the free agents list. And I took a bit of a risk on a proper transfer involving a fee of £300k for a talented-looking Turkish AMF/SS/CF named SERKAN CALIC (71 OVR).
The rest of the season passed by in a blur. I played all 17 matches in two long sessions. Things didn’t pick up. The new players didn’t really have an impact—they just allowed me to rest a few other players a bit more. Towards the end of the season I was tempted to sim a few matches, but in the end I simmed just one —my fixture against the sole remaining made-up Konami team, AC Nitsaloskis, which was simmed as a 2-0 win to them. Ah well. I don’t like doing it anyway, so I got what I deserved.
Here’s the final table for season 2:
Third from bottom. That’s utterly dismal for a season 2 performance. By this stage in my previous, aborted career, I’d hauled myself up to mid-table respectability.
I don’t know where to go from here. I find it so hard to create chances. My goals mainly come from headers or long-distance shots, and there’s precious few of them. I think I know what I’m missing: staff upgrades. I’ve got to focus on upgrading my coaches before I focus on getting any more new players. Season 3 has got to see me challenging for promotion. If it doesn’t, I’ll be forced to conclude there’s something wrong with how I’m playing PES2010.
Finally today, here’s a couple of novelty moments from recent matches: