I’m at the mid-season transfer window in season 2 of my Master League career in PES2011.
Players have come, players have gone. All transfers were arranged long before I got to the window. All were completed in the first week. And then I had to click my way through 16 empty weeks.
It’s still easy for ML veterans to forget that the transfer window is just the transfer window nowadays. It’s no longer the negotiations window of old, which used to be hectic periods. Could this also have been forgotten by the creators of Master League? These long blank weeks make no sense at all to me.
So who have I got? My most important mid-season signing seems to be DUFFY.
I found him in the Target List, where he was presented as a Youth player and available for no money. This could be a bug or glitch in the system. In either case, taking advantage of it would be an exploit. But it’s not certain that it’s a bug or glitch, and so I took advantage of it.
Whatever, DUFFY is now my first-choice DMF. After a few macthes of the second half of the season, for a raw 17-year-old he’s pretty impressive, despite an OVR rating of just 59.
I’ve started paying a lot more attention to the players’ stats instead of the OVR rating. I’m coming over to the sniffy view that the new-fangled OVR rating does not belong in Pro Evolution Soccer.
In fact, I might make it my official stance to pretend that the OVR rating doesn’t exist. It’s not a reliable guide to the quality of the player. Duffy is 5 points OVR behind Stein, for example, but is a much better player. Or could this be the placebo effect in action? Who knows.
My other signings are decent too. HUSZTI is a quality left-sided midfielder whom I’ve decided to play on the right.
BELLION is a name I remember from many football games over the past eight years or so. Back in Football Manager 2005, where I briefly had him on loan, he had a Pace attribute of 20 (the highest possible). He’s still pretty fast, for what that’s worth.
And I finally signed KIM JONG YEOL from my Youth team. I needed a CB and his wages were only £47,000 after all.
Below are two goals—first a team goal featuring plenty of one- and two-touch passing, with a first-time shot to finish things off. The second goal is low drive from Gutierrez that I liked because it went through the eye of a needle, so to speak, leaving the keeper gawping at air.
And after the goals comes video evidence of the wandering side-back problem. That’s not the snappiest ever name for a problem, but it’s the best I can do at short notice.
Yes, my nomadic side-back scores a goal there, and a pretty good goal to boot. But I’d really prefer him not to be standing in that central CF position to begin with.
Let me reiterate: the ATT/DEF level was on 1 out of 5. My formation was the one seen in the picture at the top of this post. I’ve positioned both side-backs a few yards further back than the rest of the defence. But they both still pop up in the CF positions on a regular basis, exactly as seen in the clip.
Is it something I’m doing, or is it the game? It is possible that sometimes I’ve ‘one-twoed’ them up from their natural positions, but I’ve noticed the probem occurring even when they haven’t been involved in passages of play in any way.
I submit that even an attack-minded full-back should not behave as my left-back behaves in this clip. It’s got to be a bug/glitch, and a pretty embarrassing one at that. Another one for the patch list.