MASSIVE winds of change are blowing at PES Chronicles.
I have prepared a 5-minute video that tells the full story.
Switch to 720p playback for best quality—and Turn Up The Volume:
What it tells is the total truth. The shocking, incredible truth.
I have gone back to playing PES2012 full-time, and I love it. At the time of writing, I have played about two thirds of season 9 in Master League since my ‘abandonment’ on 22nd February.
For over two weeks, and ever since I switched to FIFA12, I’ve been having daily secret PES2012 sessions.
To the point where I am now engrossed and enraptured in PES2012 to an extent that I never would’ve thought possible.
The past 20 days or so, playing PES2012 in secret, have been the greatest of my football gaming life at least since PES2010. Probably since PES5.
I love PES2012, and believe I will love it for a long time to come.
The most diehard PES forumistas say of PES2012 that it’s one of the greatest in the series. That it’s the best since PES5. That it’s misunderstood and neglected.
I now believe all that too. Part of me thinks I’ve gone mad. Another part of me doesn’t care.
Yet another part of me can’t stop giggling about it all. PES2012 is wonderful!
Oh, I still believe that PES2012’s shooting is a problem. It’s a wrinkle that doesn’t completely go away.
But I have it in a whole new perspective. Now, the shooting is a thorny bush on the side of the mountain; previously, it was the mountain.
I am deadly serious. I have undergone a total, near-Damascene conversion.
My ‘secret sessions’, as outlined in the video, were at first just half an hour here and an hour there.
Then they turned into two or three hours. I was all: “What the–? Can it be–? Is this the same game–?”
And so it snowballed.
On Monday just gone I played PES2012 for a total of 6 hours (spread throughout the day).
I am dizzy with PES, drunk on its wine.
For the record, I stand by everything positive I have said about FIFA12. I haven’t stopped playing FIFA12 because FIFA12 is a bad game, or because Career Mode is unattractive.
FIFA12 is a great game. Career Mode is very enticing this year. I hope its time will come again for me.
(I’m really not keen on seeing any PES-vs-FIFA stuff in the comments. That isn’t what this is all about.)
The way I feel about PES2012 right now, I could play it until October.
This is no flash in the pan. I’ve waited until now to reveal it all on the blog, to be sure.
It’s far more than just the lure of Master League that has pulled me back.
In my secret sessions on the game over the past two weeks, I have discovered a depth and subtlety to PES2012 that only the most PES-crazed forumites would dare to assert.
I believe I have found a mountain of gold, and I have set up camp on its slopes.
I have seen things I wouldn’t have believed. Player individuality like nothing seen before in PES, ever. Passages of play like nothing seen since the Golden Age of PES. Stormships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter…
Granted, you have to accept a fantasy football universe in which Stephen Ireland can occasionally dribble like Messi, and where the likes of Stoke City can pretty much play like Brazil 1970 on crystal meth.
Once those conditions are accepted, glory is there to be tasted.
I do feel a bit embarrassed about returning to PES2012 after the song-and-dance routine I made a few weeks ago.
But I have to be honest on this blog. It’s a journal of my football gaming life. It’s not some kind of public policy document. I’m not a spokesman for anything, or an advocate of this or that.
I’m playing PES2012 and that is all. I’ve never shied away from speaking my heart on the blog, and this is what I feel.
My next few posts will bring everything up to date. Friday will be all about the Secret Sessions—as they must be called, in my personal PES folklore at least.
A lot’s happened. Big changes! Master League is more exciting and compelling than ever. The Treble is on.
Then it’ll be as if the past three weeks never happened. And I think it’s safe to say that, three weeks from now, there won’t be a huge ‘Secret FIFA12 Sessions’ post.
The way I feel now about PES2012, and have felt for the past week or so, I could play PES2012 for the rest of the year, easy.
PES2012 is a misunderstood creature. It took me a staggering 250 hours to appreciate it. I don’t blame anyone who walked away after 25 hours, or less.
I’ll wait to see if I cool down on PES2012. Will I start feeling cranky about things again?
No sign of it yet. It’s all good here.
I’ll end with a personal observation.
Last October, as I started to play PES2012, I was talking to a good friend who is also a regular reader of the blog.
My friend was then, and still is, totally crazy about FIFA12. Says it’s the best footy game he has ever played.
Like many of us, he is an ISS/PES veteran of at least 15 years. His adoration of FIFA12 is nothing to be sniffed at.
I told him that FIFA12 interested me. But I wanted to play Master League, and that I’d get round to FIFA12 probably in the spring.
He shook his head and smirked knowingly. He told me that I would never be able to set aside PES and Master League for very long.
I scoffed, and pooh-poohed the very idea.
Wherever he may be reading this now, all I have to say is: you were right, my friend, you were completely right.