Season 7 has ended. PES2012 has challenged me in many ways. Since it arrived, back on October the whatever-it-was, I’ve been intrigued, delighted, disappointed, appalled, thrilled, delighted again, appalled again, frustrated, aghast, confused, content, and indifferent. Often all at once. I’ve documented the reasons quite exhaustively over the past few months. I won’t rehash them again now.
PES2012 is a good game. Its main problems have tended to dwindle in prominence the more I’ve played of it.
Shooting is the big exception. PES2012’s crazy, inconsistent, random shooting is the one issue that won’t recede into the background. It might yet end up being the issue that finally kills PES2012 for me.
My apologies to anybody for whom a) Shooting in PES2012 is not a problem, or b) Shooting in PES2012 is something you have learned to live with or tolerate, or even c) You’re just sick of hearing about it. Shooting in PES2012 is experienced by me, subjectively, as unsatisfying and erratic, and there’s nothing I can do about that. I cannot pretend that it is not constantly on my mind when it is.
At the moment, though? With my super squad of Classics—good players all, most of whom can pass the ball and strike it decently—I’m in a good place with PES2012. When this game plays well, it really plays well, I find.
Here’s the final season 7 table:
The goals column went up slightly with some epic games at the tail-end of the season. The highlight was a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa. That match included a certain Hagi free kick that I love so much I’m shamelessly recycling it from Friday’s post (you know, just in case you missed it):
I also beat Manchester City 2-1 at their place, but didn’t feel like celebrating. Both my goals were wrong-side goals. They were in Friday’s post too, but I’m not interested in showing them again here. PES2012’s shooting: damn it all to hell.
Post-season came, and my Chairman approval rating plummeted below 10%. I’d failed to meet his main target: Champions League qualification. At least I qualified for the Europa League again next season, despite only finishing 9th. The FA Cup winners and the runners-up were above me, so I inherited a place. Nice. I’ll try to do better in Europa this coming season.
My squad needed trimming. I had 27 squad players. I fancied a lean squad of 24 players. In any case, I had a serious cash shortfall to deal with. I was £14,000,000 in the red.
I received a bid for Van Basten. There’s no way I’m ever selling him. I don’t think I’ve posted any of his goals, but they’ve all been very welcome. Proper striker’s goals, from inside the box. All crucial. Here’s a shot of the Premier League top scorer’s table, a few matches before season’s end:
Van Basten got a few more after that was taken. He finished on 18 goals.
A bid came in for him, from Juventus. They wanted Van Basten and were prepared to pay £55,000,000 for the pleasure.
I was not even tempted. I declined the offer—which sent Van Basten into a red-faced strop. I don’t need this, I thought. But I clicked the option ‘we don’t want you to leave’ and he seemed to calm down. At the time of writing, he’s not angry.
I sold Brehme instead. It cleared up my financial worries for another season. £24,000,000 was the offer—from Marseille or someone, not sure—and I accepted.
Having already released my other right-back, I needed two new ones. I ended up with Cedric Soares and Luke Young, both decent players in the low 80s OVR. I didn’t manage to sell anyone else. I released Jacobs, not needing a third goalie at this stage of the career. Fingers crossed.
My club is ranked 104th in a world of 180 teams. With a squad like mine, that’s nowhere near good enough.
My target for season 8 is to win a trophy, and to finish in the top 4. At least. Winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Champions League would be a great season for me at my current skill level with the game. Let’s see how I do.