It seems that PES5(PC) is here to stay for the near future. I’ve now played through season number 2 of Master League. The PC version is identical to the fabled PS2 game—but of course, it would be. Back in 2005 we didn’t have exotic theories about playing different versions of the same gamecode. And how much happier we were for it.
I’m playing with the Default squad as Coventry City (my own edited PES United) using a comprehensive option file from Oct ’05.
I played season #1 on 4-star difficulty and finished mid-table. For season #2 I moved up to 5-star difficulty. It’s just concluded and I finished… mid-table again.
The old-school gameplay is really coming back to life for me. Playing on is no effort. It’s a total pleasure.
In one match, just for fun, I laid off the R1 sprint button completely, not using it at all. Playing a self-enforced, one-touch, slow, methodical game made PES seem all brand-new again.
I lost 0-2. Sprint is a much-spammed offensive weapon, but it’s also a useful defensive technique that helps with tracking attackers and then clearing your lines.
I could never play without using R1 indefinitely. To echo a well-known gaming motto: if something’s in the game, it’s in the game. And it’s there to be used or abused. The game must be judged by its light. Next-gen FIFA’s sprint-clamp auto-ball-winning mechanic being a singular case in point.
I’ve been following this week’s FIFA12 news with interest. They’re making all the right noises, but I’ll believe the nerfing/removal of FIFA’s sprint-clamp auto-ball-winning thing if and when I experience it for myself.
I haven’t got any PES5(PC) goals to show off. I still haven’t scored what I consider a true long-range PES5 blockbuster, but it’s early days. I need the right players, and I need more time to re-familiarise myself with the game.
In fact goals of any kind are proving hard to come by. In the whole of Monday’s six-match session I scored just once. It was an epic build-up that culminated in a scuffed shot that wrong-footed the keeper and trickled over the line, grazing the post on its way into the net. I reached for the camera, thinking it was just notable enough to be worth recording. Then I thought: “Nah, I’ll score one or two much better ones soon…”
That was on Monday morning. In the rest of that session, no goals. And in Tuesday’s five or six matches, all the way to the end of the season, I also scored no goals. I never came very close either. I’ve had nil-nils and 0-1 defeats galore.
The season has ended with me in mid-table. My players’ salaries amount to 10500 points; I have 7200 points in the bank.
I’ve scheduled four pre-season friendlies. If I win all 4, I’ll make up virtually the whole of the 3300 shortfall.
If I can win two of them, that’s 1600 points of the difference. I would then make up the rest of the budget by releasing players and going down to a skeleton squad—a grand old Master League tradition for me.
But I’ll try to win them all. I could go down to 4- or even 3-star difficulty just for the friendlies, and pretty much ensure 4 wins and 3200 points, but I don’t like to do that kind of thing.