Above is the current League table in my BaL career in PES2011. I’ve played another 2 matches since Monday’s post—both of them very enjoyable, I have to say. I haven’t wanted to play any more than that. I’m satisfied by the current schedule. At this rate I should finish this career just in time for PES2012.
Both matches were away from home. Playing away is often a formidable prospect in PES2011 due to the game’s infamous balancing protocols. In both matches I was the only player on a red form arrow. Most of my teammates were on green or blue. The opposition were all on oranges and reds.
Fixture 1 was against Cagliari. We went 0-1 down inside the first 15 minutes, to a well-taken goal from the AI. One thing I have noticed in PES2011 is the AI’s propensity to shoot from distance. A Cagliari striker was put through 30 yards out and took a speculative shot with my keeper off his line. The ball sailed over his head into the net. It was the kind of goal I’d have been delighted to score myself.
Just before half time I played a few simple passes around the Cagliari box, and finally laid it off to Maxi Lopez, who slotted it home for our deserved equaliser. Maxi Lopez is to Catania what my old buddy Sheotahul was to Willem II: just a very reliable striker. The match ended 1-1.
Fixture 2 was against Juventus. They were above me in the table, with a cushion of 7 points too. I figured it was my last chance to haul myself up into the Champions League positions. Lose or draw this match, I thought, and there would be just too much ground to make up.
Again I went 0-1 down early on. This time it wasn’t a good AI goal, but one of the bad kind. The kind that comes from the 5th AI corner in suspicious sequence—where you feel that the AI won’t stop getting corners until the goal has come.
I feel that the PES2011 AI blatantly forces goals from corners, much more so than its predecessors (also guilty, to a lesser extent). It’s all part of the scripting that is the beating heart of Pro Evolution Soccer. I know this isn’t a widely shared view. But I know I’m right! In the same way that the faithful know God, I know that dark shenanigans go on under the hood of PES.
Anyway—once again I came back to 1-1, and again I laid on the killer pass, again for Maxi Lopez. Game on, I thought.
Did I mention that Juve still have Del Piero in 2013, in my BaL world? In traditional PES fashion, he’s still the best player in the world at the age of 50 or whatever he is. Just when I got back into the game, he sprang into life. Two mazy dribbles from the wing later, and Juve were 3-1 up. There was no coming back from that.
And that was my slim chance of reaching a Champions League spot gone. I’ll do well enough just to finish in a Europe League spot now. I’ll settle for that.