So I got another daytime match at last – in fact a cluster of them towards the middle of the season. Which gets my season count of daytime matches up to the ‘normal’ amount (for PES2016) of about 4 or 5.
It’s a sign there aren’t enough daytime matches in a football game when a loading screen that shows a daytime match causes a shout of joy and a thrill of excitement.
I was so excited that I kept stopping to notice how good the game looked, and take memento snapshots.
This time next week, the fabled October 29th squads-and-patch update – widely presumed to be bringing a host of ‘fixes’ for various issues – will have arrived. Near the top of my wishlist is a change to the frequency of daytime matches in Master League.
I won’t be getting promoted this season. Not unless the Master League macro-scripting gods are very kind.
I’ve played all the way to January now, and this is the table:
Yes, that’s my team 4th from bottom of the table.
That’s pretty poor viewing. Just 6 wins all season so far. 11 defeats. Still on Top Player.
Having missed the escape velocity of Seasons 1 and 2, it’s very hard to get anything going again. I now find myself in a ‘proper’ Master League tussle for promotion. And I LOVE IT.
I don’t think I’ll ever admire PES2016’s simplistic, sprint-clampy defending. That all-purpose sliding tackle can just go and do one. The rhythm of matches too often tends towards the fast, frantic, all-out violence of online matches. Gruesome.
But the game in general is pretty good. It’s not yet at classic status with me, and may never get there, but Master League makes the experience. If it wasn’t for ML I believe I would have walked away from PES years ago.
In what’s probably a good sign I’ve started getting annoyed at obvious scripted matches where I’m not ‘allowed’ to score, and where the CPU team snatches wins and draws with its only shot(s) of the match. Case in point, a home clash against Bournemouth where I had 21 shots on goal, 11 on target, and zero goals. Bournemouth had 1 shot on goal and scored 1 goal.
Same as it ever was, really.
When January 1st arrived I was eager to see my Youth team. What a sight.
I scanned down this list scarcely able to believe what I was seeing.
Rosicky. Wasilewski. Valencia. Carrick. Tiote! Er, Odemwingie.
And then – Klose. Is that the Klose? Yes, it is.
And so many others. Zuniga. Santana. There are yet others not in sight here. Marquez the legendary CB. Postiga. Lima. Julio Cesar (I’ll stick with Friedel).
I can’t refuse getting at least Rosicky and Klose. How can I not get them?! So I’ve gone ahead and got them. I’ll get a couple more as well. Exactly whom, I don’t yet know.
Ah – but will they be any good, very quickly? That is the question.
I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. The way my Master League has gone, I’m planning to keep at least two of these Youths, probably a few more besides. Time will tell if they actually live up to their name-potential. Whatever happens, it’s a departure for Youth Teams to be this generous this early on. I’m not sure if I like it.
Next time, I’ll get to my main transfer market activity. I need players, that much is obvious. And with the playoffs just 11 points above me, a good run might see me get close. Or Klose…
Some goals to finish with – the title says ‘Castledine and Milligan’, but there are three goals from three scorers.
First comes yet another great strike from my Man of the Master League so far, Castledine (loving that left foot); then a one-touch move finished off by Seferovic; and finally a CPU keeper slip that presents my bustling little DMF, Milligan, with a gift-wrapped chance…