I’ve pushed on through the January transfer window of Season 11 in my rather singular PES2015 Master League career.
I didn’t get any new players. But who needs new players, when you’ve got Stevie G? I’ll get to his heroics.
I’ve only got £32m in the bank anyway. To buy anybody better than the players I’ve already got, I’d need to pay all of that (if not more) as the transfer fee alone. Then I’d need a lot more to absorb the new player’s wages.
So I’m still rocking along with the same squad I’ve had for several seasons now.
Still playing on Superstar, 2-bar passing — which, I now accept in my heart, is where I will stay for the duration of my time with this game. Other, hardier football gamers than I will have to scale the heights of 0-bar and 1-bar.
2-bar is where the game plays best for me and where I’ll stay now until the end.
When will that end be? With June around the corner, I’m starting to think about the endgame.
Will I play PES2015 until the eve of PES2016? I doubt it, but given the difficulty of the game, it’s possible.
Traditionally, I play a PES until I snag a Treble (League, Cup, European Cup). In recent years, it’s been until I get a Quadruple (Treble+World Club championship) or Quintuple (Treble+World Club+Community Shield).
With International management in PES2015, a Sextuple is theoretically possible, missus, if you consider the World Cup as part of the deal.
That’s not how I roll. I don’t meddle with International management in ML, and I don’t believe I ever will.
So, all that considered, I’ll settle for a Treble, but would like a Quadruple or Quintuple. It all depends how I’m feeling about PES2015 as a whole if and when the Treble moment arrives.
At the moment PES2015’s endgame, whatever form it takes, is a long way off.
A typical season of ML in PES2015 throws so many obstacles in the way of progress, that it’s possible I might never get near a Treble, never mind any of the others.
At the moment in Season 11 I’m still in the FA Cup. I”m also through to the last 16 of the Europa League. I easily swatted aside one of the made-up Konami teams in the Round of 32.
And I’m sitting pretty at 2nd in the league table thanks to some heroic performances.
On Sunday night, mere hours after the much-maligned (by me) real-life Steven Gerrard was scoring his last-ever goal in the Premier League, his digital counterpart in my ML world was scoring a massive, massive goal for me.
Away at Norwich, I went 1-0 down. Going behind is always a heart-sinking moment for me in PES2015. The game makes it so difficult to come back for the win. A win is what I needed in order to stay in touch at the top of the league.
With 1 minute of normal time remaining, I got it back to 1-1 thanks to a messy goal from Robben, and 1-1 felt as if it would be the final score. Norwich kicked off, and slipped immediately into the PES2015 AI’s frustrating keep-ball routine. I chased and harried, but wasn’t getting near the ball. The final whistle would go at any moment. I’d have to pretend I was happy with the draw,
All 4 minutes of added-on time were over when I scooped up possession in midfield. That’s when the whistle usually goes, but this time it didn’t, and:
A bread and butter goal in any football game, but in the context of my attempt to win my first league title on PES2015, this was one of the most important goals I’ve scored in all 11 seasons.
And how eerily similar it was to the much-maligned (by me) real-life Stevie G’s consolation finish against Stoke on Sunday!
The goal left the table looking like this:
Which sets things up very nicely indeed for my next league fixture. Which is against… MANCHESTER UNITED.
Talk about a big game.
At this stage in the season, with so many fixtures left, it’s a title 6-pointer in name only. PES2015 is far too capable of chucking a spanner in the works and indulging in all sorts of results-managing and macro-scripting shenanigans. So I’m not getting too excited.
But I’m still fairly excited. I’ll report on how this match went on Friday.