I was up until 3am last night watching the gripping end of season 2 of Breaking Bad. I’m reading a book this morning, from which I’ve just broken off to write today’s post. Football gaming is quite a way down on the to-do list these days.
Fortunately for the blog, I played a couple of matches of PES5(PC) yesterday morning.
As ever, ’twas a pleasure. PES5 has aged, no question, but it weirdly stands up. Its integrity as a game—as a solid, reputable, fully credentialled game of computer football—stands the test of time. Others have come close, but for me PES5’s status as The Best Ever is unimpeachable.
Perhaps if I was still playing for hours every day I might come to a different view, who knows.
This more casual approach is suiting me fine. I’m still fascinated by what feels like a process of disengagement from gaming in general. I doubt I’ll ever play an FPS again.
Last time, I was fretting about my 4-2-2-2 formation, adapted from PES2012/13, not really working out in PES5.
I finally pushed my deep-lying twosome further forward. Mathieu and Camacho now sit on the halfway line, calling the shots. Suddenly I’m much more potent up front, and there’s little difference to defending.
Won 1-0. Lost 0-1. The table is at the top.
This week, I will at some point fully install PES2013(PC) with the latest super-duper custom patch from Jenkey, and give it a play.
I’m more than a little reluctant, as I’m on a cushy routine with PES5 and don’t want to break the spell. But my curiosity is outweighing my reluctance. I might have done this in time for Wednesday’s post, but if not, Friday for sure.