Traditionally on this blog, I don’t pay much attention to PES’s annual summertime PR push. Because traditionally there’s not much to take notice of.
Since the dawn of the Internet age, there have been three traditional pillars of PES summertime PR:
- One or two FMV clips of the latest cover star doing some standard-issue stepovers, and/or the kind of rainbow-flicky tricks that have actually happened perhaps 4 times in a real-world professional football match.
- Journos are summoned at intervals to play each other at multiplayer, and then they all report back on the experience of playing PES in multiplayer — a completely different game that I won’t ever play.
- Gamescom comes along, and we watch some shaky-cam footage from the exhibition floor (once again, ALL multiplayer) that looks too fast and frantic and prompts the same old cry of ‘it’s because of how YouTube encodes the videos!‘ (No it’s not.)
I’ve never been very impressed with the annual PR cycle. I think I understand it — the aim of PR is to plant the seed of awareness of something (REMEMBER TO BUY THIS GAME IN SEPTEMBER), not to inform you about that something.
PES’s summertime PR is gloriously uninformative, because it’s not trying to inform. Us single-player football gamers and Master League enthusiasts traditionally get ZERO attention.
Until this year.
Last week saw the release of a slew of PES2016 information, images, and videos that made me very excited indeed. It’s completely unprecedented for there to be this much information this early. The original video is still intriguing to watch:
There’s a 50-minute frame-by-frame analysis complete with cheerfully wild speculation on WENB. I haven’t got round to watching yet.
Maybe the UK office has finally exerted its influence. Maybe the team in Japan are so confident in PES2016 that they’re gagging to get the information out there. The presence of We Will Rock You at the start of the trailer is possibly significant. Fans of PES2 will recall this–
–and recall that PES2 was the series’ true arrival on PS2. It’s certainly where it all really started for me. The ISS games had been impressive. PES2 was another level of greatness altogether. Every now and then I watch the above video in full, and remember.
Is the same song’s presence in the PES2016 trailer just an accident, or does it indicate that PES2016 is intended to be the series’ true arrival on this generation of consoles?
That’s my own cheerfully wild speculation there. We shall see.
We’ve got 13 weeks or so before the new game rides into view. For now, the fat sheriff in town is PES2015, and right now is all that I really care about.
I’m wrapped up in Crouchy, Forlan, Robben, Messi, and the gang. Names and faces that I’ve built up a familiarity with and an affinity for over many long months of campaigning. That is what ML is all about. Not the next one, but the one that’s right here.
Thumbnail sketch of the status quo: Season 12, bad start, a surge back up the table: Going For It.
I’ll say right off that the league is now out of reach. I lost a couple of big 6-pointers against other top-4 teams — here’s the critical one:
A terrible defeat in which it felt that there was always an AI player snapping at my heels. I got my goal when it was only 2-0, and felt that a miracle comeback was on the cards, but a killer third goal from a penalty put the final nail in the Treble-seeking coffin.
The table after 34 matches:
5th in the table, and twelve points behind the leaders with 4 to play. I’d need to win all my remaining 4 matches about 5-0 each and hope all the teams above me lose most or all of theirs by similar margins.
No, not even Master League’s macro-scripting at its most generous will see me get back into this one.
So the league’s gone and with it the Treble, and PES2015 is guaranteed to stay alive for at least one more season.
I’m pretty glad. Life is better for me with a viable football game to think about and come back to. I pretty much always need to have a good book on the go, and in the same way, I need a football game. It’s an anchor in the midst of life’s turbulences. Whatever else happens, I’ve always got that reserved space.
Season 12 is not a washout. I still have two trophies to go for. One of which I’ve won before — the FA Cup. The other is one I’ve never won but would dearly love to, not least because of the cash. I want to be able to afford one more BIG player for next season’s campaign. The semi-final draw:
I’ve already played the first leg and won it 2-0 away from home. I don’t believe I’ve ever lost a two-legged cup tie in Master League where I have a 2-0 lead from the first leg. PES2015 is capable of doing that, so I’ll be properly careful.
By Friday I will definitely have finished Season 12 and played the FA Cup Final and (hopefully) the Champions League Final too.