And the quest goes on. I’m trying to win International Tournament mode with a select few teams. So far I’m still at the first one on the list, Slovakia. I’ve now tried and failed on at least 8 separate occasions. This is still a lot of fun, though.
I think I’m on attempt #8 with Slovakia. It could be anything up to #11 or #12. I have lost count. All these attempts are partly due to my stupidity on a couple of occasions.
Twice now I’ve started up the mode, played a few matches—usually the group fixtures, and maybe one or two knockout matches—and then quit the game. Then I’ve come back for the next session to discover that I’d forgotten to save my progress. Whole sessions, gone just like that. Might as well have never happened.
That has only happened twice so far. It hasn’t happened since. My first order of business at the start of each tournament now is to save the game and turn autosave on.
And the attempts are getting increasingly close. Chile knocked me out at the quarter final stage a few attempts ago. I thought my latest attempt was going to be the one.
I’m now very used to Slovakia and their players. My chance-creation and chance-conversion ratio has crept up and up. I’ve probably played 50 matches with Slovakia by now. And this time, I got to the Final.
Spain were the opponents. Unlucky for me, as I really feel that against almost any other team I’d have won. They kept the ball a lot more than any other CPU team ever has (i.e., I ‘only’ got 55% possession instead of my usual 60-65%). There was a momentum about them that seemed irresistible, and so it proved.
Midway through the second half, the score 0-0, I was creating chances and starting to believe. From my corner, they broke away and Torres popped one past my keeper.
There was still loads of time left to get an equaliser, and I so nearly did. I rattled the post from the edge of the box, and tested Casillas several more times even at the death. But the fnal whistle went and my players sank to their haunches. All over now.
And so I go on to the next attempt. When I started this new phase of PES gaming, I did say that each team could take me a while.
There’s nothing like a long-range goal to cheer me up. Here’s a clip of the first—and so far only—long-ranger I’ve scored with Slovakia. This came against Tunisia, en route to the Final. It’s a peach of a 30-yarder, right into the top corner:
And to close today, I have put together a mini-compilation of stumble animations that occurred in my latest session. Why? Because I’m obsessed with PES2011’s stumble animation, that’s why.
These are representative stumbles. If I’d stopped to record every stumble, I’d never have played the game. Watch until the end, where you will see a farcical double-stumble. First to go a-stumbling is Spain’s David Villa, and then my player joins in immediately afterwards (with some accidental good editing from me!):
Many people say that they never see the stumble animation. I don’t want to say I don’t believe them, but I am genuinely at a loss to understand how that could be. The stumble animation is tightly integrated into the mechanics of PES2011. Almost any kind of physical contact with another player can trigger it. The stumble animation is not a rare event at all. Even taking into account my self-confessed obsession, it’s not something I have to make an effort to notice. Its there in front of me, in my face so to speak, all the time.
When I come to do my end-of-year PES2011 review in September, much of it will be coloured by my opinion of the stumble animation.
PES2011 has been ruined for me by the stumble animation, among other things. Whenever I loathe PES2011, it’s mainly because of the stumble animation. PES2011 is poisoned by the stumble animation. I fucking hate the bastard.