Season 8 is over. This has been a long old season.
I started season 8 on the blog exactly 11 days ago. I have genuinely taken until now to get through it. (I’m only a day ahead of the blog at the moment.) I usually get through my ML seasons in about 5 days.
Part of the reason for this laggardliness has been down to playing Uncharted 2, and more recently Fallout 3 (which I am loving, by the way). And part of the reason, yes, has been down to a renewed sense that I can only take so much PES2011 before I have to stop playing, in order to preserve my sanity.
Many would say that a bit-by-bit approach is the best way to play any football game, PES2011 in particular. I would respond that there was a time when I could easily play PES for 6 hours a day, every day, and still want more. What has changed: PES, or me? Or both? It’s still an open question.
The seasons always do feel long when you’re in the Champions League for the first time, as I was. I made it all the way to the Final (and lost), so I played every game I possibly could have played. I was knocked out of the domestic Cup early on, so the season wasn’t as long as it could have been.
I finished 4th in the league, as I did last season. But I turned in an improved performance overall. Far fewer draws, and if my form in the second half of the season had been there throughout the whole season, I would have finished in the top two.
The gap in goal-scoring performances between myself and the top 3—particularly Man Utd’s eye-popping 109(!)—will take some closing, particularly if I move up to Top Player. At the time of writing, about to begin season 9, I’m about 70% sure of doing that.
One disappointment this season has been Schwarz. Oh, he’s still good, and he’s still my star player (even above Metelger), but the goals haven’t flowed as freely as they should have. He at least got his name on the top scorers’ list, which is something.
The overall tale of the season saw Metelger, my stylish, Schwarz-like outside-left CF, get into the Best Eleven and finish up on top of the Assist Leader chart. So that makes Metelger my player of the season.
And so I go on, on to season 9. It must already be plain to regular readers that I have no great love for PES2011. In a way it’s the most disappointing PES since PES2008, in my opinion.
But I have to at least complete my quest for a PES2011 Treble. Past experience tells me it’s not far off.
My love for Master League, my enthusiasm for it, is bizarrely unaffected by my deep and abiding misgivings about its parent game. I will probably be playing Master League as the world ends.