So the news is that I like PES2012 again. This is the miracle. When I finished the terrible session that gave rise to Friday’s rather negative post, I never thought I would find any great joy in PES2012 ever again. I thought it would be just a dutiful, grim slog towards the Treble and a final, blessed abandonment of the game, if indeed I made it that far.
I didn’t play PES2012 for two days. And that was all it took for the game to feel fresh and absorbing once more. It’s the strangest thing.
I played FIFA12 during the two days that I didn’t play PES2012. Whenever I’ve played FIFA12 since its release I’ve thought: “This is bloody good”, and I thought so again. When I turn my attention full-time to FIFA12, it’ll be very interesting to see what happens.
Yesterday, Christmas Day, I put on PES2012 and after only a few minutes’ play thought to myself, “Bloody hell, this feels good too.” That renewed warmth lasted all the way through two long sessions.
I suppose I’m lucky to find both games to be playable and enjoyable this year (or I’m deluded and/or misguided, if you dislike one of them).
And football games are always helped by scoring goals that make you feel good. Here are two—a James Morrison 30-yarder, and a stylish volley from Irjescu:
Those were two instances when shooting worked, or felt like it worked.
My current feeling is that I can forgive PES2012 for almost everything except the damn shooting. A certain proportion of your shots will always go straight to the keeper, no matter where you aim; and a certain proportion of your shots will be directed to the opposite side from where you aim.
PES2012’s shooting will never be forgiven, in this world or the next. When it comes to September 2012 and my end-of-year review-style score, I’ll be knocking off 1 point for the wonky shooting alone. So, if I end up thinking that PES2012 is an 8/10 game overall, I’ll give it 7/10 because of that fucking miserable shooting.
I think I understand why PES2012’s shooting is the way it is.
PES2012 is end-to-end and action-packed. It’s the most open game of football ever to bear the PES name. It is arcadey, in the best and worst sense of that term.
And therefore if PES2012’s shooting wasn’t how it is, many games would end 9-7.
Bah. Enough of the theorising and chest-beating. I’m playing and enjoying Master League in PES2012, despite its faults.
I have slogged my way to the end of season 5, and finished a creditable 12th in the end. I finished with a barnstorming run of 5 wins and a final, solitary defeat (a bizarre 4-1 thrashing away at Blackpool).
Here’s the final table:
Andy Carroll ends the season in which he won the World Footballer of the Year award with the Premier League’s top scorer trophy:
My club ranking went up. I’m above the likes of Rosenborg now, and hot on the heels of Verona.
I can’t argue with this ranking. My performance so far in Master League has been mediocre at best. Even my promotion year in Division 2 was pretty average.
Now, though, I’m equipped with the experience and the cash to make things happen. I had £17m in the bank at the end of the season. I got another £2.5m for finishing 12th. Then I got another £5m from sponsorship and merchandise. I’ve started pulling in £1.1m for every home win. At this rate I’ll easily be able to upgrade all my staff and get some top new players, and then still have money left over.
All things considered, I have got to go for a top-six finish in season 6.