Season 2 of my Master League career in PES2012 has begun. I’m finally catching up. I’m playing on patch version 1.02, on Regular difficulty. Professional difficulty suddenly got hard again in 1.02. Another period of consolidation and learning on the lower level is required.
It was a tight pre-season full of tension and worry over the financial situation. After all the to-ing and fro-ing, here’s the First XI and squad that I ended up with
I released Elegost after this photo was taken. I now have a squad of 23. Ruskin, out with a long-term injury, was just out of picture at the bottom of the squad list.
I picked up Camacho from the Youths, finally. He’s not as good as my previous Camacho—yet. I will start to develop him immediately. He’ll play in every game he can.
I got rid of Shimizu. Sold him for only £900,000—the best price offered after several weeks on the market. It was a wrench but I saw no other way to survive.
History has repeated itself—last year I did exactly the same thing for the same reason.
I squeaked through the financial window with £70,000 to spare.
I’d only bought one player outright. He was a replacement for Shimizu, a great RMF with a bit of height and bulk. James Morrison (West Brom) might be a minnow in the real-life Premier League, but he’s a giant in the oddball parallel reality of Master League.
First proper match of the season, away versus newly-relegated Norwich, and it was 1-1 heading into the last seconds of added-on time. I won a corner, and got my keeper to take it (in PES2012 the whistle always goes promptly after the added-on time, so there was no danger of a CPU counter-attack):
Morrison scoring the winner on his full debut, with an assist from my keeper. That was very satisfying. As can be seen, Morrison occupies the no. 10 shirt that was Shimizu’s.
Poor Shimizu. Maybe I’ll meet the little bastard again further down the line in this career. Or maybe I’ll see him next year.
I’m afraid something bad is on my mind with PES2012. It’s a great game full of PES-ish goodness. It’s one of the most satisfying football games I’ve ever played, in a number of aspects. Except one—and, alas, it’s a very important aspect.
Shooting. Something terrible happened in one of my pre-season Training matches. It happened before, once, but I ignored it as a one-off. It wasn’t a one-off.
Running parallel to the box with Hamsun, attacking the goal on the left of the screen, I took a shot aimed to the far post. It’s one of my favourite shooting methods in PES2012, but on this occasion it didn’t work. I was holding the analogue stick UP, in what has become the classic ‘over-aiming’ methodology of PES2012 shooting. So the ball should have gone to the right of goal, and to the extreme right at that.
The ball ripped into the top left corner. A picturebook curler, with the keeper’s straining gloves inches away but helpless to stop it. It was a most un-Hamsun-like goal. The net almost burst. What a goal…. but I wasn’t celebrating. Quite the opposite.
The remainder of the match almost vanished in a haze. I went through the motions, but I felt sick at the thought of what had just happened and what it represented. The other team equalised. I was glad they did.
I’ve been playing this series for a long time and something is very wrong with the shooting model in PES2012.
I believe Konami introduced a more pronounced degree of random error than ever before. One of the side-effects of this is that you’ll shoot straight at the keeper quite a bit, and miss the goal completely quite a lot too. Those outcomes are both fine. If that was all there was to the PES2012 random shooting error thing, I could live with it.
What I cannot live with, and could be a serious problem going forward, is when the random error effect makes me score goals.
I’m not happy with it at all. As PES2011 showed, I’m capable of being repulsed from perfectly good PES games by gameplay wrinkles that take on a disproportionate profile in my daily play. PES2011’s primary wrinkle, for me, was its stumble animation. PES2012’s wrinkle could be the shooting. It’s way too early to forecast anything so serious, though.