April is here. I’m still playing PES2012. I may be for some time.
I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time playing PES2012 over the past four days. Hours every day.
It takes a lot of time and hard work to play Master League with the appropriate dedication. It takes a lot of time to unearth the jewel at the heart of PES2012.
I’ll mostly let pictures tell the story today. I’ll bring things right up to date, and set things up nicely for the season finale on Wednesday’s post.
I’m in season 10 of Master League on PES2012. After really struggling with so many aspects of the game, things finally clicked. I stormed to the top of the table and opened up a 10-point lead after 26 matches.
I’d also, somehow, made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League, where my opponents were Barcelona.
First leg at my place, Barca were immense. They powered their way to a 2-0 lead inside half an hour. I thought, This Is It. The end of my unlikely League-and-Big-Cup double dream.
I clawed things back to 2-2 by playing in my newly-discovered PES2012 way. Just going for it.
By injury time, I was happy to take the draw into the second leg. Then I spotted Forlan making a run forward into space, of his own free will I might add.
I won 3-2. It was a crazy, pulsating match.
At Barcelona the outcome was a 0-0 draw. A very cagey match. I’d qualified for the quarter finals.
Where I was drawn against Inter Milan. I’d alread played them in the group stage and taken 4 points off them. I was confident in the QF, and it showed. I had to endure a bit of a nightmare first leg at my place that ended 2-2, but I won 2-1 at Inter.
In the meantime my good League form continued. I lost only once, to Everton, at their place. I was 2-0 up inside half an hour and subbed a few key players at half-time to keep them fresh for Europe, and paid the price.
Lesson learned. Unless the players specifically tell you they need a rest, always play your best team in PES2012. Always.
In other League action, I beat a few of my elite rivals for the title, including Liverpool, 3-1. Van Basten scored a beauty.
Back in the Champions League, I met Arsenal in the Semi-final. It was the TOUGHEST couple of matches yet. I lost 0-1 at home in a disaster of a match. Every bullshit move that PES is capable of pulling, was pulled in this match.
I played much better at Arsenal, winning 3-1. I’m in the Final!
Where I’ll play Liverpool for the right to become Champions of Europe.
That should be interesting. I’ve found Liverpool quite easy to beat this season (hasn’t everyone?). But life in the Champions League is very different. I’ll be intrigued to see how ‘Pool shape up against me. Suffice to say I’ll spend the first few minutes trying to have an early feel of the ball and calm things down.
In the league, I played Arsenal and found them strangely withdrawn compared to their Champs League performances. I beat them quite easily, including this gorgeous strike from Forlan:
Here’s the table after 32 matches.
Man City have fallen away quite badly, to be overtaken by Man Utd… I know, it’s weird, isn’t it? Except, in this make-believe world, I’m above ’em both:
Since the above picture was taken I’ve dropped a couple of points, and Man Utd have closed the gap to 9 points.
And now I’m 3 matches from the end of the League season. Ahead of me are just 3 more League fixtures, and the Champions League final.
Just before I sat down to write this post, I got this message:
My opponents? FULHAM—one of my bogey teams. After them, Spurs. Then Wolves to finish with.
Okay, so the League is pretty much a certainty. If I don’t get 1 point from those three games, I shouldn’t be playing PES at all.
But the Champions League? The Double I crave?
I’ll tell all on Wednesday.