So it’s looking more and more like PES5 will be my football game until the end of time—or the end of summer. Whichever comes first. And if summer ever begins.
I’m playing the PC version, on a Bootcamp partition, on a Mac.
Convenience is the watchword. The game’s right there at my fingertips. It takes about thirty seconds to get the game up and running. Even if I’m on the Mac OS side of the partition, it’s still quicker to boot into Windows than it is to start up the PS3.
And the PC version of PES5 plays so smoothly.
(Incidentally, I should probably always put air-quotes around ‘the PC version’. I thoroughly dislike the PESverse convention of describing identical games on different platforms as ‘versions’. The only essential difference between the PC ‘version’ of PES5 and the PS2 ‘version’ of PES5 is the former’s capacity for modding. Only in that sense is talk of ‘versions’ in any way meaningful. Otherwise, unmodded, the PC and PS2 ‘versions’ of PES5 are identical games that play exactly the same.)
Here’s a lovely free kick from Mathieu. This came against Liverpool in the opening game of my new season. I forgot to trurn on FRAPS before this quick game, so it’s only a phone replay, unfortunately:
I went on to win 3-1, withstanding some fierce Liverpool pressure at 2-1 with only a late goal—a penalty from that man Mathieu—easing the pressure on me.
I’ve got Camacho and Mathieu in the same team. It feels a bit like a Lampard-Gerrard-style conundrum. But just as with that real-life example, it’s more the idea of a problem than a real problem. You can’t have too many good players.
If Mathieu plays (he’s still quite young and raw), he plays DMF. Then Camacho plays wide on the right. If Mathieu needs a rest, Camacho plays DMF. It works.
I’ve stuck with my old-school favourite formation of 4-3-3 despite having got used to a 4-2-2-2 in PES over the past few years. I think I’ll try that 4-2-2-2 in PES5, just to see Mathieu and Camacho alongside one another in midfield. The dream partnership.
I drew my second match of the season, against Man Utd. A stalemate 0-0.
Still playing on 4* difficulty with two gradations to go up yet.
Yep, I think my weeks of wandering in the wilderness are gone.
Gone is my morning routine of getting up and turning on the PS3 and playing that for an hour or two.
My life has changed over the past 6 months—to the point where my old morning footy game routine was no longer sustainable. The routine simply had to go. Change had to happen. You’ve seen it happening right here.
Nowadays, I’m snatching sessions and odd games when I can, when I feel like it, and it’s working for me.
I can barely look at the poor old PS3 now. I’ll have to have a good old think about what to do re. the PS4/Xbox720, when the time comes. Do I need ’em? Really?
Viva the old school!