“May you live in interesting PES times.” I don’t suppose anybody heard a mysterious old man mutter those words sometime in 2007, before he melted back into the shadows with a smirk on his face?
No? Never mind then.
FIFA11 didn’t last. I was going to play it for a week in total, but I only managed 4 days. I’ll have my say on FIFA11 in a few weeks’ time.
I played PES2011 instead. Partly as ‘calibration’. With the PES2012 demo just days away, I wanted to have as immediate a sense as possible of what PES2011 was like.
I played a complete Champions League tournament with the first team that happened to appear under my thumb: Manchester United. I played on Top Player difficulty, and chose 15-minute matches.
First of all: Berbatov is pretty good in PES2011. It’s probably a reflection of the real-life buzz surrounding him in late 2009/early 2010 when the architecture of PES2011 was being assembled.
The rest of Man Utd in PES2011 are fairly so-so in my view. Of course, this is primarily related to my own skills, or lack of, as a PES player. I found Giggs a shadow of the regenned youth Giggs that I have usually played with over the past 5-6 years. Fletcher might as well be an identikit FIFA-style midfielder. I suppose Ferdinand and Vidic in defence are effective.
Rooney was his usual blustering PES self. The series has favoured Wayne Rooney—some might say it has flattered him—since PES6. Certainly he’s strong and powerful, but goals are hard to come by with him.
PES2011’s physical contact model is very unforgiving. Infuriating, in fact. I don’t like it.
Have I mentioned something called the stumble animation? The merest brush can initiate the dreaded stumble animation. Rooney spent a lot of his time under my control staggering 5 yards and then pausing as if he’d seen something shiny on the ground. This stumble animation is about 95% of the reason why I do not love PES2011.
Two goals of note to report wth Berbatov. First of all, the kind of placed long-range, near-ground-level shot that I call a rasper. Not quite a daisy-cutter, and not quite a rocket. Somewhere in-between.
A rasper. Here it is:
I don’t know where that space came from either. But I made the most of it. Great goals in PES give you the feeling that you’ve just done exactly what you wanted to do. What I wanted to do was fire in a low shot to the far side of the goal, avoiding the defender and keeper, and that’s what happened.
The next memorable Berbatov goal was a pretty cheesy ‘computer gamey’ kind of one, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
I’ve scored three or four goals in PES2011 straight from kick-off. The game’s divisive, floaty shooting mechanic has been kinder to me than to many. Shooting is one of the few things I’m not anxious about for PES2012 (yet).
Here’s my Berbatov goal straight from a kick-off:
I didn’t win the Champions League tournament. I went out in the semi-final to Real Madrid. They beat me 1-0 on aggregate over two legs.
I was not despondent. I am just treading water until the PES2012 demo. It won’t be out in time for Wednesday’s post, but I’ll definitely cover it on Friday.
I just hope all goes well. It’s been a long four years. We don’t need any nasty surprises.