I’m sticking with my PES2012-style formation in PES5, but it’s not really getting me anywhere. I’ve only scored two goals in four matches using the 4-2-2-2.
I probably need to push Mathieu and Camacho forward. Their deep-lying nature is a relic of PES2012 and PES2013. The super-dribbling AI is not a problem in PES5. The super-passing one is. The super-possession one is. When this AI decides it wants to play keepball, it plays keepball, and that’s that.
I cannot decide what my best strikeforce is. It’s Bergkamp and Almeida in the screenshot. Usually I go with Schwarz instead of Bergkamp, but the big legend was tired for this match.
It was against Sao Paolo—an English Division 1 team in this ML world. It was the latest match where I struggled to score or do anything by way of threatening the goal.
I kept switching to my attacking alt-formation (a ridiculously swashbuckling 1-2-2-5 lineup) to try and get something going up front. Which would often leave me very vulnerable at the back. I conceded a goal to a Sao Paolo breakaway after half-time, and that looked like being the final result.
Then, with the last move of the game… the one where you know that as soon as you lose the ball and the AI moves it up towards the halfway line, the whistle will go, so there’s pressure, there’s pressure…
Some bonus sound from Brackley and Brooking there.
A punch-the-air moment! I’d huffed and puffed to no real purpose all game, and deserved to lose, but by sticking with it I’d salvaged a point.
And that was that. One session, one match.
Sessions of PES these days are short and to the point. It now seems like another life where I often spent hours playing on the PS3. I couldn’t do that nowadays even if I wanted to.
Fortunately, I don’t want to. I’m catching up with some reading. I’m finally watching the excellent Breaking Bad (never knew it’d be so funny). I’m debating whether to rewatch Firefly again—which I thoroughly enjoyed a few years ago, but its notorious early cancellation left an empty, unsatisfying feeling.