Another few days without football gaming. I’m still not missing it, and don’t feel especially anxious about not missing it. I feel okay, actually. The only wrinkle on the horizon is what to do with the blog.
I have played more NSS. After 5 seasons I still haven’t discovered the super-easy game that many other players report. I still have regular stinkers that see me subbed off in the second half. Maybe it’s because it’s the iPad version.
Over on my long-running Football Manager 2010 save, I had a decision to make that I’ve been putting off for months of real time. Tomas Necid arrived for £20m at the start of my fifth season, but he hadn’t scored, hadn’t looked like scoring, and was homesick.
Should I give my misfit new star a one-month leave of absence, or not? That was the dilemma.
I gave him the leave of absence, figuring that he’ll be back with weeks to go before the January window—plenty of time to see if he’s going to settle down and start scoring. I’ll sell him otherwise, and hope to recoup most of my £20m
The 3D match engine is the best innovation in these types of games since the games themselves. I never experienced the text-only Champ Man years (but still harbour a hankering to).
An example of the 3D match engine delivering the goods: just before I let Necid go on his leave of absence, he was clean through on goal. I actually thought, that’s it, first goal, great stuff, and even had time to wonder if I should switch to a defensive tactic for the rest of the game, maybe even go to two Defensive Midfielders, etc.
But the ball wasn’t in the net yet. My misfit striker visibly hesitated, giving the keeper time to rush out and smother the shot. It was so lifelike and reminiscent of a striker low on confidence. When you see a current-era Torres or a Giroud get a chance, it’s almost a hands-over-the-eyes situation as you wonder if they’ll fluff another one. Ditto my pixelated Necid.
So Necid has gone back to the Czech Republic for a month, and I’m making do with a front two of the veteran Kikin Fonseca and… Andy Carroll.
This is Football Manager 2010, remember—a game that shipped back in 2009, when nobody had heard of Carroll. I picked him up for a bargain £1m from Newcastle’s reserves.
He’s been good for a young target man, but his aggression and discipline is all over the place in this game, for me, right now. He keeps getting sent off. I’ve slapped fines on him to no effect. I’ll probably sell him, depending on what happens with Necid.
I’ve never won anything in Football Manager. My last big huzzah with the game was FM2005, when I got promoted via the playoffs (as I did this time). Never won a title or any cups in this entire series, ever.
I don’t reload games—whatever happens happens—so if I make a misstep, I’m stuck with it. The usual way my FM games end is with the sack. Most often, though, I’ve just drifted away, lacking the time to put in. Playing a few matches once or twice a week works out surprisingly well.
So this is my football gaming life right now. NSS and Football Manager.
I found myself eyeing my PS3 and its games the other day and wondering how much I’d get for them from Cash Generator (not much, I know, but the point is that I’m wondering about it).
Things can’t go on like this on the blog. PES Chronicles is a thrice-weekly affair for a reason. I need to be playing in order to fill these posts. The last week or so of ‘other games’ is okay for a short time, but not how the blog will operate permanently.
I’ll see how things go over the weekend. Monday’s post will be a proper one. I’m going to play a football game one of these mornings—probably FIFA—and see if that relights the fire.