I’m experiencing a change in playing conditions in my Superstar-level Master League career. Suddenly, results are coming a lot easier than they ever have before.
Superstar can be a right slog, often as draining as it is rewarding. Over the past few seasons I’ve frequently had to grind out results, one after the other.
Now I seem to only have to turn up to win. Things are flowing and clicking in a way that they never have before.
I’m top of the league, with just two draws spoiling an otherwise perfect run.
It’s one of those situations where I’ve headed to the Settings menu more than once to make sure I’m still playing on Superstar.
Being unbeaten with a third of the season gone is pretty sweet. (And it takes a lot to make me say ‘sweet’, as if I’m all hip and urban. Next thing I’ll be wearing my jeans halfway down my arse.)
I’ve got my covetous eye on playing another unbeaten league season, needless to say. I’ve played a lot of the big boys already and more than coped with them. I beat Liverpool 3-2 with a delicious late Rooney winner. I beat Man City 2-0 (away) and this season’s strongest challengers, Arsenal, also away—and also 2-0.
Of course, this would not be a PES game without shenanigans. There is always a price to pay. When I played newly-promoted Cardiff City, at home, after four wins on the bounce, I sensed this was the game when it’d all fall apart.
Cardiff were first to every ball, strongest in attack and swarming in defence. My players seemed unable to pass, dribble, run, head, or shoot. Cardiff got their goal early, as the CPU team usually does when this particular script is running, and then a familiar scenario developed: me laying siege to their goal but somehow never quite breaking through.
None of this was a surprise—the only surprising thing was that PES2012 had allowed me to play until this stage of the season before sending me one of these games to keep things interesting.
I somehow got my equaliser with a minute to go. Scrambled from a corner, I don’t know how it went in and I didn’t care. I’d held onto my top spot and unbeaten record.
Sibon has been a big star in this opening phase of the season. He and Forlan must be averaging 2 goals a game between them.
Very few of Sibon’s goals are worth recording to show here. Most are straightforward headers from crossses and corners. PES2012 is an extremely wing-centric edition of the game. Expect this aspect to be well and truly nerfed for PES2013, as is the PES way.
Here is one Sibon goal that had me reaching for the phone camera. Sibon uses his strength to get on the end of a fine aerial through-ball and flashes a left foot shot across the keeper from an acute angle.
The Treble is my main target this season. When I’m in this form I feel it’s not only possible but probable.
I’m in the FA Cup quarter finals after beating Division 2 opposition in both opening rounds. And after losing my opening match in my Champions League group, things have stablised with two 2-0 wins on the trot:
It’s a fairly golden time for me on the game right now.
What do I attribute this upturn in fortunes to? Nothing—literally, to nothing. This transfer window just gone was the very first in which I acquired no new players. Thus my team chemistry was not diluted by one drop.
Have I picked up a bonus as a result? Who knows. It’s possible that some behind-the-scenes hocus-pocus is rewarding me for sticking with the same personnel this season as last.
Or instead it could just be that I’ve passed over the tipping point into some degree of being actually quite good at this game. Which is only to be expected with all these great players at my fingertips.