Sometime this coming week I will finish season 18 in Master League. After this season there will be no more PES2012 for me. I’m really enjoying the matches, partly—perhaps largely—because I know they’ll all soon be over for good.
I’m stuffed to the gills with PES2012. I’m itching to get into a few other games in the time remaining before PES2013, whenever that may be. (Still no release date. Mid-October looks more and more likely.)
I started out wanting a Treble in my last season. As things stand now, I’ll be happy with a Cup Double, or even a Single. I think the League has drifted out of reach already, after only 12 matches of the season.
I gave it my best. I met Arsenal, the current runaway CPU team (there’s one every season), and beat them 1-0 with a great free kick from Captain Barnes. He’s ended up with the armband this season after Neeskens was suspended early on. Results picked up, so I let Barnes stay as captain after Neeskens returned.
Going into the Arsenal match I was 9 points behind them. Defeat was unthinkable. Victory was very, very sweet. My 1-0 win left me 6 points behind the leaders. I could do this! So I thought…
Next I had one of my all-time PES classic matches against Stoke, away. I was 2-0 down and playing with 10 men after 20 minutes. That’s it, I thought. The league season is over.
Then: no, wait, hang on. I can do this…
I’ve got a long tradition of playing well and getting memorable results with 10 or fewer players in PES and ISS games. Back on ISS98, I often triumphed with 9 or even 8 players.
Somehow, digging really, really deep, I clawed things back to 2-2 with a goal either side of half-time. I was punching the air. This was the best match and my finest all-round performance of the season so far.
Sadly, the Stoke miracle wasn’t to be. Late on, Kenwyne Jones zigzagged through my defence and bagged a cruel, cruel Stoke winner.
I followed this up with a pitiful 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers.
Leaving me staring at this table after 12 matches:
Not looking very good, is it? I’m not writing the league off, though. Strange things can happen to the teams above you if you can get a string of good results.
One major highlight of my recent sessions was a cracking distance goal from Baresi, wearing the captain’s armband for the day. I love the hidden stats-boost.
I’ve got a couple of days off work coming up. I intend to have season 18—and PES2012—all wrapped up by the end of the week.