Somehow, I’m rich. During my first season in the Premier League I won nothing, did nothing, and scored next to nothing, but the money has flowed into my virtual coffers regardless.
As I headed into the transfer window prior to Season 6 of my Master League career in PES2012, I had about £30,000,000 to spend.
Even after all my existing wages and miscellaneous expenses were taken into account, I had £16,000,000 to spare. Enough to go shopping and still have some change left over.
GILLET (GK, age 17, 76 OVR)—my most expensive buy at about £800k. I was looking for an experienced, top-rated keeper and stumbled across this kid. Obviously I expect him to develop into a top keeper over the next few seasons. An investment.
T. SMITH (CB, 80OVR, age 26)—a steal from Ipswich, I paid a token £100k for him. A bargain, and he’s put Bikey on the bench.
DOOLIN (SMF/AMF/WF, age 22, 90OVR)—I found him in the Free Agents list and placed a bid for him at the same time as Weiss, a similar player on the out-of-contract list. I thought I’d be lucky to get one of them. I got both. A £2m-per-year wage easily makes him the highest earner on my books. I negotiated him down from £3m-per-year, so felt happy with the outcome. He’s got a shedload of skill cards, too.
WEISS (89OVR, age 26)—Another high wage-earner at £900k-per-year, he’s also too similar a player to Doolan, I wish now that I’d declined Weiss and saved up the cash. He’s got a ton of skill cards just like Doolan, and is naturally a right-sided midfielder just like Doolan, so it’s a bit of a Lampard-Gerrard scenario with these two. My best player of the past few seasons, James Morrison, is also a right-sided midfielder first and foremost. Something’s got to give.
Should I try to sell Morrison in mid-season? I’m thinking about it.
Not that anybody’s likely to buy him. I just put loads of players up for transfer and/or loan. I had zero offers. At one point my squad size was 28 players. I ended up releasing Mandelli, Clarke, Pentecote, and Ahmet, and got it down to 24.
I ended the transfer period dissatisfied that I hadn’t got the one key new player I’m really desperate for: a top striker. I tried for about a dozen, all told, making sure they had 85+ in shooting power and accuracy. I’m still getting the old ‘doesn’t wat to drop down a level’ excuse. My club ranking must be the crucial factor here.
I feel able to start playing with my most beloved formation, a 4-3-3, for the first time in this whole ML career. Usually in PES I’m on 4-3-3 before the end of the first season, even with the Defaults. In recent years I’ve grown more circumspect, and waited until I’ve had the players to justify the switch. This is the latest I’ve ever waited.
At the last, with a day or two left of the transfer window, I stopped trying to get that striker and turned my attention to my backroom staff. Most of them were Level 2. The Scout was still on Level 1.
I had enough cash to raise most of them to Level 5 instantly, and did so. I raised the Scout to Level 3. It’ll be intriguing to see how this quantum leap in backroom staff affects all the aspects of my team that it should affect. I’m particularly hoping for a more consistent, logical change in the form arrows from week to week.
With my better defenders, and Camacho as DMF, I feel better able to cope with the magic AI.
The PES2012 AI is good to play against, but also overrated, no question: when it scythes through your defence with magical evasive manoeuvres and lightning passing, it’s not being brilliant. It’s just obeying its programming.
Knowing that Camacho is alone in front of my back 4 makes me very conservative with him. Particularly as he’s very little use up front.
My Camacho could not shoot his way out of the proverbial paper bag. My Camacho has got a severe double dose of what might be called ‘PES2012 shooting-itis’. His shooting power is weaker than a day-old kitten, and he can’t shoot straight anyway. If I have Irjescu on the pitch I’m always forcing him upfield to let ’em fly from all ranges and angles. It’s probably for the best, defensively speaking, that my Camacho doesn’t cut it up front.
I’ve played the first few matches of season 6. A win, a loss, a draw. The loss was a heavy one, 4-0 at home to Chelsea. It’s too early to say whether my new-look team can actually do anything this season. I desperately need a top-rated striker with at least 85 for shooting power and accuracy. There are only a few of them in the game world and none of them seem to want to come to me, but I will keep plugging away.