On Wednesday morning I was suddenly seized by an ardent desire to give PES2011 one more chance. After all the fuss I’ve made on the blog, it felt more than a little embarrassing. Having marched my troops to the top of the hill, would I let my pride get in the way of marching them back down again?
Like the friend who will tell you in excruciating detail all about their latest break-up in a long-term, epic relationship, and how this time the split’s definitely, finally for real, and there’s no way, ever, they’re ever going to get back with the other person—
And then you see them back together the next day, and your friend gives you a sheepish grin: “What else can I do?”
Well, I’m back with PES2011. For now. I’ve gone right back to to basics in an effort to get at the game that so many others report themselves to be playing. The one without the excruciating instances of step-arounds, stumbles, player switching issues, elephant touches, and so much more.
Of course, I was trying to go back to PES2010 on the PS3… I’d already had a good long spell on it last year. Here’s my Track Record from back then—I’d only played one match on PES2010 in this new spell when I took the picture:
In total, all told, I’ve already played PES2010(PS3) for just short of 311 hours, almost 290 of them in Master League. (What was I doing in Edit mode for two and a half hours?!)
Plan A was to add to that tally after giving up on the glitchy, unsatisfying PES2011.
I did get as far as re-starting PES2010 as Coventry City in a version of the Npower Championship, thanks to a nifty Option File I downloaded from somewhere or other. I went on to play a full session of 8 matches.
Getting to know PES2010 again was a tricky prospect. Passing felt as if it was all over the place. It was quite common for passes to go off almost at right angles to the direction aimed at. This kind of thing can be fanwanked as representative of player stats, but I couldn’t help thinking: “PES2011 does passing much better than this…”
All told, my realistic-feeling Coventry City boys failed to score a goal at all in our first 4 matches. My first goal came in a 1-1 draw in game 5, and then I lost the next two and was knocked out of the FA Cup.
It was an interesting session of virtual football, I have to say. At the end of it I looked at the table and felt happy, really, that I seemed to have a season of struggle ahead of me.
The excessive speed of PES2010 isn’t very attractive. I’d still say that this game was the best PES has been on next-gen, for me, but I’m under no illusions about its shortcomings.
I’m very well aware that many are playing and enjoying PES2011 regardless of all the issues I found in the game. In fact, most say they don’t see the issues at all, or at least not enough to be bothered by them.
So I’ve gone back to PES2011. Here’s how I went about it.
I made another user account on my PS3 and started again from there. I updated the game to the latest version. I grabbed the most comprehensive WENB Option File I could. I painstakingly copied the hundreds of files to my alt account’s virgin PES2011 data folder. It took 30 minutes. When I tried to run it, I discovered that I’d picked up the EU version (BLES0121) of the OF instead of the UK version (BLES0120). I got hold of the correct file and did it all again, another 30 minutes’ work. All the while thinking: “Would I be doing this for any other game? Would I be doing this for anything at all, in my whole life?”
I need PES2011′s slower-paced gameplay and superior passing. (And I also missed this song.) If I go back to PES2010(PS3), PES6(360), or any other PES at all, I’d miss out on the great advances in gameplay that PES2011 has brought to the table. My hatred of the stumble et al blinded me to the game’s positive qualities for much of the past few months.
At the time of writing I’ve had time to set up and start a new Master League. Yes, I know, yet another new Master League; but one of them will be for keeps, sooner or later).
After a lot of dithering, I’ve decided to leave the league structures of my WENB Option File intact. It introduced the Bundesliga. There’s no PES United or WE United to mess about with now.
I’ve tentatively started as Anderlecht, playing in Division 2 of the English league, alongside the made-up Konami teams. So far that’s not annoying me too much.
So how did the early games go? The early games went fine. I only saw the dreaded stumble (the most loathsome gameplay feature in any PES, ever, IMO) once or twice per match. I saw enough of PES2011′s general gameplay in the early matches to convince me that I’ve made the right decision to try again.
I’ve seen a few things that strike me as being new. I’ve seen a post-goal celebration where the player runs down the touchline with a handheld-style camera following directly behind. I’ve never seen that before. I know I’d have remembered it.
And—injuries! I’ve got them coming out of my ears. 3 training injuries in the first few weeks of the season. Still no injuries in-game, though.
Am I back to stay? After the back-and-forth of the past few weeks, I’d be an idiot to say that this is it now.
I’m tempted to say so anyway and just be an idiot.
All I can say is, I’ll see.
By Monday’s post I should have played a decent crop of matches in my new Master League. Either that or I’ll be playing Subbuteo by then.