My last-ever season of Master League in PES2012 has got underway. It’s been a long journey and a good one, mostly, and here I am on the last leg.
For my last-ever home kit I have reverted to a traditional all-Sky Blue kit, as modelled up above by Neeskens, my Classic stalwart DMF.
Fittingly, Neeskens scored the first goal of my final season. It’s rare enough for him to get any goals at all. When he found a touch of space on the edge of the box I decided to see if I could place one past the keeper.
Watch the veeeeery suspicious curvature of the ball in flight at around 10 seconds. That don’t look natural to me…
It was the opening goal in a 2-0 opening day victory over the cursed Villa. Satisfying all round.
But my next two matches, either side of an International fixture, were against the two Manchester clubs. City first, then United.
Manchester City used to be the soaraway top team in my ML world, but are now ‘only’ a top-three team. They came to my ground and took a 1-0 lead with their very first attack. The goal seemed unstoppable to me. Often you’re never sure in PES2012 if it’s you being bad or the game being supernaturally great. I suspected the latter in this case. I had enough defenders back, and I put in some great challenges, but if the AI wants to disregard your input, it will.
I got it back to 1-1 in the second half, only to concede a dreaded straight-from-kickoff goal immediately. The match ended 1-2 to Manchester City.
Damn! This season will be my last on PES2012 whatever happens, and I’d like to end it with some silverware. Preferably the League, and even more preferably the elusive Treble. This result was a huge setback.
After the International fixture, Manchester United came to town.
I was 0-3 down before 30 minutes were up. DISASTER.
Shocked? Yeah… I was pretty shocked. Everything that could have gone wrong here, did go wrong.
I admit to entertaining the notion of reloading the previous save and starting the Man Utd match again. But that’d be cheating by my personal standard. And on Superstar difficulty, on PES2012, if you reloaded every game that felt dodgy, or in which you felt you’d been caught cold, you could be stuck in one place, pissing about forever. And I want to get through this season.
I rolled up my figurative sleeves and decided to see if I could stage a miracle comeback. And I did get one goal back, a pretty good one from Forlan (a strong contender for my Player Of PES2012). Then the CPU’s steel shutters came down, I didn’t get another kick, and the game ended 1-3.
No real complaints.
I won the next match, against West Ham, 3-0. It felt good, but it’s a bad start to season 18 however you look at it. I’m 6 points off the lead after 4 matches, having been beaten by two of my rivals for the title.
I still think I’ll be there or thereabouts at the season’s end, but I’ve made things difficult now.
And I’m still checking for the PES2013 release date every day. When did it come out last year? I remember it as being settled earlier than this, but may be incorrect. (I’m far too lazy to check.)
With every day that passes, it seems less and less likely that the mooted pre-FIFA September release is going to happen. In fact, I would now put money on a standard mid-October release date for PES in the UK & Ireland. Unless…. unless this silence is due to a deliriously early release date that they want to keep under wraps for as long as possible in order to wrong-foot EA—something like Septemeber 14th—which would make me very happy indeed.
That’d be a miracle, and very un-Konami-like. This silence has to be because we’re going to be crestfallen when we hear the actual date, surely? I don’t know.