It’s the halfway stage in season 1 of my Master League career in PES2011. As expected, I’m still bottom of the league.
I don’t think it could have been avoided, considering the teams I’m up against and the players I’ve got. I do enjoy the challenge with lesser-skilled players, though. It’s why I choose to put myself through this masochistic ordeal every Autumn. In many respects, this period is arguably the best period of Master League. So I should enjoy it—and I am enjoying it, hugely.
I think this really is my worst-ever start. PES2011 has brought a new gameplay style that we haven’t seen an exact analogue of before.
At the moment I’d say it plays like a fusion of the best parts of PES4 and FIFA08. So far I haven’t found a typical route to goal that I can rely upon. That’s a very old-school PES attribute, right there.
Here’s the current Division 2 table, complete with hideous lighting bloom that, I have to repeat, is in the game itself. Not my fault at all, guv:
Up at the top of the table, Bayern Munich are running away with the league title. It’s the most emphatic surge to the top by a CPU team that I can remember seeing in any Master League league, ever:
They’ve only just lost that one match now, immediately prior to the mid-season transfer window. Just a few matches ago they’d only conceded 3 goals. Needless to say, when I met them about 8 matches ago I lost, badly, 4-0. It was one of those matches where I felt lucky to get nil.
The PES2011 transfer windows go on far too long! Or better to say, there’s nothing to do in them.
From the second week of December to the first week of February, there are no matches. Once all transfer business is concluded (mine was wrapped up in two weeks), there is literally nothing to do except advance time. There are 17 presses of that button between matches. I don’t like it.
I turned off auto-save in order to speed things up, but it still dragged on. Maybe there was a ‘go to Week X’ button that I overlooked? Or maybe in seasons to come those empty weeks will be occupied by Cup matches of various kinds?
I hope so. If not, this weird mid-season blank period is another curious decision on the part of this year’s ML team at Konami. Those curious decisions are starting to pile up a bit.
I did the best that I could in the transfer market. I’d already had offers for a shedload of players, who all left in week 1.
I bade farewell to JARIC, DODO, ETTORI, LIBERMAN, ESPIMAS, and a few others. HUYLENS never even played one game for me this year.
In keeping with this year’s deflated transfer market fees (yet another one of those curious decisions), the average price for each of them was about £40,000. I don’t think any of them went for more than £60,000.
The Myth of Castolo has been on the transfer market since Day 1, but nobody bid for him. Because he’s rubbish, you see. His excellence is a myth built on the foundation of Castello, a former Master League player who no longer exists.
The years have not been kind to Castolo. Pretty much all that he had left was an extra bit of pace, but even that seems to be gone now. His belly is hanging a long way over his waistband, and the comb-over isn’t fooling anyone. I don’t expect to see Castolo at all in PES2012, hopefully not even as a Youth.
I only brought in one player from outside the club: CIURMIRA, a 69 OVR CF. He was on the Free Agent list. I tried for a few others in their 70s OVR but they declined to join. My team is the very lowest of the low.
The bulk of my new signings, perhaps unwisely, were players from the Youth team. SCHMIDT is a very young CB/SW who will be immense in a few seasons. I got SHIMIZU as well. And also PELAEZ, an old friend from last year’s PES2010 campaign who won me my long-ranger trophy.
My 4-3-3 formation, as seen above, is a contributing factor to my dismal form. Perhaps it’s the primary factor. I knock the ball around well enough, but at times the CPU waltzes through on goal without much effort. I’m already thinking about alternatives. A nice solid 4-4-2 is on the cards, I think.
I still have not scored a proper long-range goal in PES2011. Not in the PS3 version anyway. I have had the PC version of the game for a while now. It’s really good and plays very well on my gaming laptop.
Its super-fast speed really bothers me. The PC version is missing the -1 and -2 speed options. I know all about kitserver, thank you very much. I’m waiting for Konami to finish what they started and patch it in themselves.
Nevertheless, I’ve had a few matches. On the day last week that I installed a PC Option File, I played a quick match as England against Brazil—just to see them in their famous kits.
I scored this daisycutter from distance with James Milner (the reflections and screen-shimmer are due to this being the PC version):
No, I don’t think it counts as a long-ranger either. For me, they’ve got to fly spectacularly through the air. This one, although enjoyable, is nevertheless a glass of tepid water compared to the sparkling, fizzing feeling that I get from scoring a true long-ranger. Soon, it’s got to be soon…