What Happened Next?
The game is FIFA12. The figure in black is the referee. The player immediately behind him is my Virtual Pro, playing for Coventry City. The ball, just visible at top left, is dropping towards us.
So what happened next? See if you can guess. The full replay is at the end of the post.
I’m currently really enjoying PES2012 again, for reasons I’ll try to go into next week. Today I just want to show a few goals and talk about them.
Here’s one of my top three PES2012 goals ever (so far). The scorer is, yes, a certain Georghe Hagi. This time it’s a flamboyant 35-yard free kick that… well, just see for yourself:
I was 3-1 up against Aston Villa at the time, in the middle of a fine run of results—my best run so far on Professional difficulty.
Confidence was high. I aimed for the middle of the goal and cranked up the power. As Hagi ran up to strike the ball I rolled the left analogue stick around from 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock, slowly, so as to impart the proper amount of direction and spin at the right time. I saw this method on YouTube last year and it still works. Every other attempt I’ve made has failed miserably, usually hitting the wall. This one… this one was simply glorious.
I’m half-embarrassed to admit that this is one of only a couple of free kicks I’ve ever scored in PES2012. Other people may score them for fun, and free kicks like this one may be ten a penny, but to me? I was up, saluting the screen.
I save very few goals to my PS3’s hard drive these days. I find my phone to be a much more convenient replay capture tool. But I saved this one to hard drive.
It’s the PES2012 shooting again. Here are two almost identical goals. Both of them came in a match against Manchester City, away from home. Just half a season ago this fixture would have had me trembling with fear, but like I say above, I’m in the middle of a fine run. Confidence is high and my attitude is different. I went into this match genuinely believing I could win. There’s a huge lesson for life in there somewhere.
It was 0-0 at half time. I’d had 75% possession. At the start of the second half I scored the game’s first goal to take the lead. Man City got their automatic equaliser straight from their kick-off (groan). A few minutes from the end, I scored my second—and winning—goal.
As you’ll see, both my goals are so similar that they could be called identical. Stoitchkov first, then Barnes. Both using their left feet, both shooting across the keeper to the right side of the goal as we look at it.
Only, in both cases, I was actually aiming LEFT. In both cases, from the default side-on view, I was holding the left analogue stick pretty much UP, in order to aim that way. Not right.
Take a look, and remember: both times, I was aiming LEFT:
I would love a proper explanation of what is happening here and in the many other instances when ‘wrong-side shooting’ comes to the fore. I’ve heard all the arguments and don’t buy any of them. Konami have not changed the shooting system.
I hated both goals, really hated them. When City equalised for the first, I was almost happy. Then I scored the winner with another wrong-side goal and hated it some more.
These goals came in a session in which I was very happy with PES2012 overall, otherwise I could easily have walked away from the game on the spot and never looked back. Is it any wonder that so many have deserted PES2012 when this kind of thing is so commonplace?
Now this one’s just funny. In all my years of football gaming, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a novelty goal like none other.
Here’s the replay:
Perhaps I have a low amusement threshold, but it still makes me smile after a dozen viewings.
The referee stands obstinately in the way as the ball drops to my Virtual Pro in a Career Mode match. (My VP spookily resembles what I looked like circa 1991.)
I took the shot anyway, and executed a perfect strike… through the referee’s legs. There’s even a bit of PES-style clipping afterwards, as my shooting leg passes through the ref’s body—fortunately for his collection of soft, dangly objects.
I have to say, I adored the volley despite the novelty factor. I play with semi-assisted shooting. When you really connect with a FIFA12 shot of any kind, you really know that the ball’s been hit. You feel it in your marrow. It’s very satisfying. I’ve had a great few mini-sessions of FIFA12 this week.
And that concludes today’s overview of some interesting goals. It’ll be back to business as usual on Monday, with the completion of Season 7 of my ML career. I’ll be deciding what to do about all my Classic players. Some of them will have to go, and be replaced by home-grown talent. I have a new player in my Youth team who goes by the name of Raul…
(And, yep, the post title is a tribute to one of my favourite Korean action movies.)