Season 9 of my Master League career in PES2011 is underway. But could it be my last season on PES2011, ever? It’s entirely possible.
I’ve had a few good sessions on the game. I’ve moved up to Top Player, and it hasn’t really been a problem at all. Last time I tried to graduate, I was unprepared for the staggering amount of pressure from the CPU players.
You can rarely put your figurative foot on the ball. Of course, that means the challenge is to find space, or create it from scratch if need be. And I can do that, sometimes. Most of the time, however, I’m constantly harried and pressured into making the next pass. It feels, from moment to moment, almost exactly like playing online—which is not a good thing in my view.
I’ll talk some more about my feelings on PES2011’s Top Player gameplay on Wednesday. (Advance summary: football gaming is heading in the wrong direction, and it’s already too late to do anything about it.)
For season 9’s home kit I decided to go for something a little different. It was time for a change from the dominant sky blue. I went for a pretty random monochrome checkerboard pattern with sky blue trimmings.
It took a few matches to get used to, but I am used to it now—and it seems to have brought me some good fortune on the pitch.
The new strip is being modelled at the top of this post by my new 17-year-old Youth promotee, DE LA PENA. He’s rated 71 OVR with a little star next to his name. He’s got some impressive back-office stats. Already he’s good enough to start, but won’t displace my first-choice right-sided midfielder, James Wallace, just yet.
I’ve been very busy in the transfer market overall, where I picked up some quality signings.
Defence and midfield were the priorities. I bought CHIGRAT (CB) and JIG (SW/CB), which kind of overstocks me with centre-backs. I also promoted another Youth, an RB named AZARA.
I also found a pearl of a left-sided midfielder, T. OAR (91 OVR), whose name gives me great scope for punning post titles in the future. (Assuming there is a future, of course.)
I started the transfer/financial window with a whopping £68,000,000 in the bank. My run to the Final of last season’s Champions League was very lucrative indeed.
As well as buying players, I upgraded all my staff to level 5. All of them. When the financial window closed, I had around £400,000 left. Perhaps I should have kept a few million back. Will my largesse cost me further down the line? Possibly, but I prefer to risk it.
And so on to playing the actual games—on Top Player for the first time since my relegation season a month ago. As already stated, in my next post I’ll be exploring in some detail my feelings about Top Player, which should be the ultimate refinement of PES2011’s gameplay. For now, just look at this table—played 5, won 5, and top of the league:
Is that good or what? After all my tribulations with this game, I do like the look of that table. It makes me think that the Treble could be there for the taking.
I’ll need more goals, of course. As things stand I’m winning games 3-0 or 4-0, and then barely scraping a 1-0 in the next.
I scored one memorable goal, playing in my new second strip (sky blue shirts, white shorts).
PES2011’s scissors kicks are unfortunately rather common, and just one of a number of frankly bewildering aspects to this year’s PES. You see the scissors kick animation fire at least once per match, for either side.
But occasionally they do look good and more importantly feel good to score. I’ve bagged a few, but the one I present below is the best that I’ve scored. Mainly because it’s a slightly different scissors kick from the usual. It comes from a wide cross, rather than from a penalty box clearance.
The goal-scorer is McManaman, a former Youth player who is now almost ready to take over from Zoua as a first-choice CF:
Now I really want to score a scissors kick with my DMF, Runna. Then I can make a post entitled “Runna With Scissors”. I can dream.