Deja vu all over again? No, this is the real deal now. Finally I’m up and running in a proper Master League career in PES2011, starting at the very bottom.
In Wednesday’s post I bravely ventured forth with the Default players, using an edited PES United, as I always do. This should have plunged me into the thick of the action as the lowest-rated team in the world, with no money, no staff, and a squad made up of terrible players.
Instead, I found myself given a slingshot into the higher echelons. I was ranked 56th in the world, above every other team in my division. I had £33,000,000 to spend. All my staffing levels were at the higher level 2 from the start. I was able to attract top players immediately. I got Michael Owen on loan.
I feared the worst. I thought Master League had been dumbed down, or streamlined, or whatever the term is. I played around 10 matches with a mostly sinking feeling. Finally I met Tottenham in the FA Cup (superbly added by the WENB Option File). I beat Spurs 3-1 quite easily. Now I really feared the worst.
Then I heard about the ‘ranking bug’, as it’s come to be called.
In a nutshell: if you Edit a team, and then start Master League as that team—even with the Default squad—you will find yourself awarded an Advanced Start.
The only currently known way around it is to start Master League as the unedited, original team (PES United in my case).
Then save the game, and go back and edit the team to what you want it to be (Coventry City in my case, with the corrects kits, sponsors, and fan chants, and my own customised stadium). And then go back and load up the save.
I can testify that the workaround solution works.
I’m back in business as the lowest of the low, ranked 170th in the ML world. I have a paltry £3,000,000 in the bank, most of which is already earmarked for existing player and Level 1 staff salaries. Coventry City are back where they belong.
I also took the chance to select ‘Dynamic player growth’ this time. I wasn’t sure what it was first time through. I understand Dynamic will cause player stats to decline because of injuries and loss of form, and even when they’re just not picked to play for long enough. I like the sound of that.
I tried for a few players rated intheir 70s but they wouldn’t sign. When the transfer window expired I’d only signed one player, a 69-OVR, versatile-looking SB/CB named NZOM GOLE.
I signed 4 of my Youth Squad: PALMIERI, FETACHA, SHIMIZU, and SCHWARZ. I can’t get used to the fair-haired Schwarz of 2011.
The teams with me in Division 2 are a formidable bunch. Picking this kind of lineup implements a secondary layer of difficulty. Last year, with a similar league lineup, it took me 7 seasons to win promotion.
I’ve started on Professional as the gameplay difficulty level. I’m not ready yet for Top Player. Others may be able to hack it on Top Player within minutes of getting the game, but not me, not yet. Generally it takes me a season or two to warm up. I suppose I should be thankful for my anti-ability at the game, and I am.
I rushed to Game 1 of the season against Fenerbahce. I’d won my first game of the aborted career, but I didn’t win this one. Not even close.
I still had most of the possession, but that was all I had. I lost 2-0 and had far fewer shots on goal than them. And this pattern was repeated in the other matches I played this session. Which was only 4 matches in total. I spent a lot of time fiddling around, getting the new, proper career all set up.
So, I got there in the end. A shame to have wasted a few days on a bug, but things could be worse. I’ve finally got to the promised land, and my Master League career is set up.
Now it remains to be seen if I can get out of Division 2 before Christmas this year.