Something a bit different today—probably my shortest and least substantial post ever. The reason? I’ve only played four (4) matches on PES2011 since Friday. I played two BaL matches on Saturday morning, and two ML matches on Sunday morning.
The reason for this lack of activity? I’ve been feeling distant from and disillusioned with PES2011, which isn’t news by this stage.
Several weeks ago I abandoned Master League, my preferred game mode of all time, ever, but I still keep trying to go back to it, without success.
Become A Legend is an adequate replacement, but in truth, that’s all it is. I play it casually, in bursts of three or four matches. It’s never a wrench to put the controller down and switch the game off.
Perhaps I just need to get used to a new mode and a new way of life in PES.
In Saturday’s two BaL matches, I played superbly in one, terribly in another. The superb performance came in a home match where I had a red form arrow, and most of my teammates did too. The terrible performance was in an away match, where I had a green form arrow and most of my teammates had blue arrows. As lots of PES2011 players have remarked, this modelling of home/away form is far too exaggerated.
In ML—which I still keep trying to play regardless, and will probably go on trying to play—I find the home/away thing less trouble to cope with, as I’m in control of all players and can mitigate the effect to some extent.
And that’s really it for today. Instead of forcing the issue and making up something to animate today’s post, perhaps the more significant news is that I am totally becalmed. I’d honestly rather read a book than play PES2011 at the moment. Perhaps if FIFA11 had had a good career mode, and if it wasn’t such a squeezefest, I’d have been off playing that instead.
What does this all mean? Is it all leading to the blog either being abandoned, or changing tack to something else?
I don’t think so, no. The football gaming habit is too deeply ingrained. And even a bad session is worthwhile in some way. There is nothing in all of gaming quite like stitching together a passing move, or slotting the ball into the net from 30 yards.
I will continue. It might be at a snail’s pace, but I will continue. If for no other reason than that I’ve become pretty immersed in my BaL player’s career. Now that’s a story I really want to see the end of.