The past few days have been the first truly hot days of the English summer. My little laptop’s cooling fans have switched often into super-high-overdrive mode, and stayed there.
It all reminds me that, currently, I have become something of a PC gamer. Never thought I’d see the day…
I’m nearly at the end of season #1 in my ML career on Winning Eleven 9: Liveware Evolution. I am playing as Standard Liege, using their original match squad. I’ve had enough of the Defaults for this year, thank you very much.
The patch I’m using is not ML-friendly at all. In fact, it’s a bit of a mess. However, as I remarked on Friday, I played many seasons of the limited ML in PES6(360) with great enjoyment. PES6(360)’s gameplay was great, arguably the best yet on a next-gen console. Its Master League was still good enough to captivate me. The same spirit is sustaining me in WE9LE.
In the mid-season negotiations I only picked up one new player. I tried for several, but missed out on many. A bit of naivete with the old-school negotiations window meant that I was making bids for players far above Standard Liege’s current stature. And then the time ran out.
Still, my one acquisition was a decent one: Aaron Lennon will be a welcome addition to a threadbare squad. My favoured formation is 4-3-3 with wide midfielders. Lennon will slot right in on the left.
I was in with a chance of clinching promotion at the first time of asking, which would have been the first time I’d done so in I don’t know how long.
I never, ever get promoted in my first season. I think I have to go all the way back to one of the very early PES games, PES2 or PES3, to find a year when I did get promoted first time. It’s one of the major differences between me and the majority of Master League aficionados, for whom I believe first-season promotions are the norm.
Sadly, it’s not to be this season. Not unless I can win my last few matches by a shedload of goals, and Copenhagen slip up. That is not impossible in a Konami football game, as we all know.
But it’s very unlikely as I just cannot score in WE9LE. Not yet, anyway
It’s still a new football game to me in so many ways. The chances are coming, but the conversions are not. The fan-made patch makes it very difficult to score from outside the box. In one four-match session there were no goals scored at all, either by me or by the AI.
The patched shooting in general feels a lot like PES2011, as it happens, which is no bad thing. PES2011’s shooting is one aspect of that game that I don’t think I have ever really moaned about.
I have no doubt that the goals will start to come. The familiar momentum that we all experience with football games will start to build.
Finally today, a short note about The Book.
After initially dashing off 6000+ words I paused to consider what I had, and didn’t like it. In style and content it was pretty much like a long blog post, which is not what I want to achieve.
I have now gone back to do a very detailed outline of the book’s content and consider precisely what I want to put in and leave out, instead of randomly chucking it all together as I go along.
I expect to resume actual writing in a week or so. It’s still on target for that October release.