I’ve restarted Master League in PES2010. I believe that PES2010—with its spiffing, new-look Master League—was and still is the best that PES has been on the next-gen consoles. I know that it’s a minority opinion.
Contrary to what I said last time, I haven’t restarted with the Defaults. Instead, I applied a mind-bogglingly large Option File. I’m playing PES2010 ML career #2 with Coventry City in the Npower Championship, using all the real teams and kits. Barnsley, here I come.
Despite the comprehensive Option File, only a couple of Coventry’s players have their proper faces. Lee Carsley is the most notable lookalike. That’s one grim visage he’s got going up there.
I’ve never really enjoyed starting with the Defaults. I always relished the extra layer of difficulty, yes, but enjoyed? Not as such. It’s just an annual tradition that’s taken hold over the years. Having already put in my Default hours the first time around on this game, in 2009/10, I feel entitled to a change of routine for career #2.
It took me 40 minutes to transfer all the data from USB. Then I had to download a game update to resolve a compatibility issue. In all, it took 50 minutes. I used an OF called GTM Pro World that I found on PES Gaming. The unzipped size of the thing was about 100MB. Hundreds of player faces and kits had to be manually transferred, one by one. It’s the most thoroughly patched PES I’ve ever played—and I love it.
I’m playing on Top Player difficulty from the start. 10-minute matches. Classic players are on (I’ve yet to check whether the OF has unlocked all of them—I actually hope it has).
On the right is my First XI and formation—I’ve stuck with my traditional 4-3-3, for now.
Match 1 of the new career felt properly exciting and atmospheric.
It was against Leeds United. We lost 0-1, at home, not a good start to the campaign.
In action, my team feels a lot better than the Defaults usually do at this stage, so I’ve still got wild hopes of a first-season promotion to the Premier League. For now, it still gives me a thrill just to look at the table and see real teams in a real league structure.
Most of my players aren’t up to much. In this regard PES fulfils its traditional function of uncannily reproducing the individual feel of players and teams. I can’t see many of this CCFC squad still being with me in five seasons’ time.
When you start Master League with original squads, your Youth Squad is populated by Default players. My Youth Squad is no exception. One of the youngsters was a 17-year-old Castolo. As I discovered at the tail-end of my first career, The Myth as a teenager does eventually mature into a decent front player.
I snapped him up, even though there were others better than him (Minanda, Ceciu, etc.). The Myth is too strong.
Here in this new phase of PES Chronicles, I’ll be making a conscious effort to do two things that I often say I’m going to do, but almost never do:
- Keep the posts concise and to the point. I’ll be aiming for 350-500 words per post.
- Pay more attention to the nuts-and-bolts of Master League. I.e. player stats and formations and strategies.
We’ll see whether those two aims are compatible in the long run.