PES2011 is over, again. With all due apologies to those who suggested teams for me to play International Tournament with in PES2011, I have abandoned the game. Again.
This is the fourth time, I think, that I’ve tried to walk away. This time I think it’ll stick. My blog entries over the past several months have documented my problems with PES2011.
All I have to say now is: PES5!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve played the PC version of PES5 quite a bit. Yes, with my old 60GB PS3 long dead (and still missed), it has to be the PC version now.
The fiddliness of playing on PC isn’t too bad, after all. And in fact I’m mostly playing it on my TV, linked up via HDMI port, with an Xbox360 controller for Windows plugged in as well.
I’ve used Macs as my main computers for several years now and I love them like the most slavering Apple fanboy you could wish to meet, but I have to admit that a Windows PC is the ultimate games console.
For at least the short term, I’ve decided to play PES5—in my view the best that PES has ever been, and sadly probably ever will be. In the longer term, we’ll see if I can stick with a renewed PES5 campaign.
Because it’s not certain that I can go back to such an old game.
I haven’t been absolutely blown away by my return to PES5. I can’t in all honesty start gushing here about the gameplay.
The game’s almost 7 years old now, and it shows in lots of little ways. There’s the frantic speed for one thing, which I am slightly getting used to. For another thing, there’s that pitch where it’s hard to see the ball…
But in lots of other ways… PES5’s still got it. You know, IT. The secret sauce that made PES the Rolls Royce of
football gaming for the best part of a decade.
I’ve started a Master League on 4* difficulty (remember that!) with the Defaults. It’s just like 2004 all over again, except that I installed an Option File that wasn’t too difficult to track down. I made my own Coventry City team. Remember when the Editing screens and menus looked like this?
I’ll save the more wordy breakdown for Friday. It’s the eleventh hour for a university assignment that’s due in on Wednesday afternoon, and I do need to crack on.
Below is a video featuring two good PES5 goals, with a chunk in between them of me starting up my Master League. PES5 was the year that many of the traditional ML players ‘retired’, and they received an emotional send-off to begin with:
A brief word about the two goals above. Rooney’s first-time shot is a much-missed old-school PES specialty. With Fouque’s goal I did exactly what I had in mind to do, i.e. just whipped it inside the keeper. Both goals would be rarities on PES2011, and if deploring that means I’m shallow, well, shallow is what I’ll have to be.
Oh, and if you don’t get today’s post title, have a close listen to this.