Master League has a long tradition of allowing human players to make up the ground after a bad run of results. In Monday’s post, after 12 matches of Season 18, I was way down in 8th place, a long way behind the leaders.
But after a couple of good sessions and a run of great results—featuring some of the best gameplay I’ve ever enjoyed on PES2012—look at this:
Creeping back up on the leaders.
Arsenal have fallen away, with Liverpool rising to take their place. But all of them have mysteriously had bad and indifferent results.
I just know I’ll be there or thereabouts come the season’s end.
Never mind. ‘Twas always thus in Master League. And honestly, if I were the programmer, I’d probably do exactly the same. Keeping the player interested is what games are all about. There’s no question that Master League has kept me interested for over ten years now.
Anyway. My games have been pretty wonderful. I’ve found my shooting boots. Forlan and Rooney between them are banging them in. On the rare occasions when their prowess is oddly muffled, Sibon comes off the bench to add power and height. I love getting corners with Sibon in the box. Almost a mini-game on its own.
In the Champions League, I enjoyed a stonking 7-1 win over Zenit St Petersburg. It’s a few seasons since the CPU has appeared so passive. The last time I scored this many was against lower-league opposition in the domestic Cup. I have no idea why Zenit collapsed so spectacularly, but collapse they did.
I qualified from the group with probably my best-ever record:
In the first knockout round I met Inter Milan. The first match at their place ended 3-3, a crazy game where I was ahead three times and pegged back three times—twice by straight-from-kickoff CPU goals.
I was happy with those away goals, though, and I eased through my home leg 2-0 to make the Quarter Final.
Where my opponents are AC Milan. Ouch. This one might be trickier. I’ve played the first leg, and drawn 0-0 at home. That seems… okay. One goal at AC Milan should be enough to see me through.
In the FA Cup, I’m through to the semi-final. I beat Birmingham and Manchester United to get here. Both games were hard, but guess which one was harder? That’s right—the Birmingham game went to extra time, and so nearly to penalties, but I fluked a deflected goal from a corner.
All in all, this final season is shaping up to be a memorable one. But I still cannot wait to finish it and be done with PES2012 for good.
Perhaps that’s at least part of why the experience is turning out to be such a positive one. The end is in sight. With a few days off work this week, I will probably have my final season all wrapped up in time for Friday’s post.
A brief word about the PES2013 demo 2, which I have played briefly. First of all, I share the general dismay at the lack of 10-minute matches in the demo as promised.
And I’m puzzled and a little concerned that certain voices on the PES forums are treating the demos as full games in their own right, even going so far as to review PES2013. Oh for fuck’s sake, is all I can say about that.
But I liked what I played of demo 2. I liked the passing, the shooting, and the overall FEEL of the games.
I’m never, ever going to be one of those football gamers who whips out a protractor and compass to measure how far apart the defenders are from each other at set pieces. Borrowing some poker terminology, I’m a ‘feel guy’, not a maths guy.
PES2013 feels pretty good to me, based on the demo(s). Alas, history has proven that this means almost nothing. Right now, evil Konami scientists will be twiddling various knobs and pushing levers. We know this because it has happened for three years in a row.
If we’re lucky, we’ll get away with the customary increase in game-speed (a baffling routine action for Konami and EA to take in their final games).
If we’re unlucky…