It had to happen. I love long-range goals. I’ve struggled to score one in PES2011 so far. But I kept trying to score one, and eventually, yes, I scored one. Here it is (my team’s playing here in a new black-and-grey away kit):
That’s Schwarz with the thumping finish. He’s still a raw Youth. But that celebrated left foot is starting to show itself.
Over the first part of this season—my second, and Schwarz’s second too—he’s steadily grown in influence.
His rise to prominence has paralleled my growing familiarity with the game, of course, but he’s the only one to emerge so far from the pack of relative non-entities in my squad. I have got other decent players, but Schwarz is currently a good one. This goal was the middle of three goals he scored in successive matches.
The lightness of the shooting in PES2011 is responsible for my lack of long-rangers so far. Almost three weeks in, and the above goal is genuinely my first real contender. I’ve finally adapted, just about, to feathering the shoot button. Last year, PES2010 was one of the heaviest PES instalments ever.
In my last post I related the tale of an amazing session of PES2011 in which I rediscovered that my motivation to play Master League in the first place was to win matches. Not just placidly bide my time until I had enough good players to give myself permission to start really trying. No more passive treading of water, I told myself. “You can do it!” Etc.
Well, predictably, in my next session the game seemed to turn against me. Could I get a win? Could I hell. I swear my attitude and approach were both the same. But PES2011 was like a different game now.
I was fortunate to get a few draws and only lose a couple of matches. I had to wait for my next win until the next session completely.
It’s all combined to leave me dangling in 13th place after 15 matches. With the mid-season break coming up, it’s safe to say that there’ll be no heroic surge to the top of the table. Not this season.
But I’m still looking ahead, equipped with my new attitude. A few good new players and I think I’ll have enough to set the agenda.
A word before I go about my new away kit. It’s a rather fetching version of the previous striped away kit, except this season the stripes are black and dark grey.
There’s MACCO on the left, modelling the away kit. As can be seen, the game doesn’t exactly push the graphical boat out in terms of differentiating between shirt and shorts as separate physical objects. The kit looks like an all-in-one body suit there. That’s a minor quibble, but other quibbles are not so minor.
The PES2011 annoyances are starting to form a pretty long list. Player switching is the headline issue. Full-backs randomly wandering upfield to play as central strikers (!) is just as big an issue for me. I’ve got a movie clip of my left-back wandering around up front next to Schwarz when my ATT/DEF level was on the lowest setting. There are other issues.
Do they spell long-term doom for PES2011? It’s hard to say for sure. I still love the game overall, and hope that the issues remain at their current level for me—tolerable. Just.