Season 5 of Master League on PES2016. It’s at this stage of a PES year — when the nights really start drawing in and Slade starts echoing from shop doorways — that I start getting down to the serious business of Master League.
I’ve played a lot of PES2016 over the past few days. I’ve gone all the way through mid-season and a long way past it.
The table after 30 matches:I won’t be storming up the league to win anything this season. Last season I came within a couple of whiskers of the Europa League spots. I don’t think I will this time, but we’ll see.
I didn’t go mad in the mid-season window. I don’t observe a revolving-door transfer policy. I think I’ve got a good squad as it is. For all PES2016’s faults, it’s keeping me interested on a number of levels, and one of those levels is a traditional one: nurturing a nucleus of players in Master League and bonding with them over a period of time.The prime example being Castledine: he just keeps getting better and better. The player of PES2016’s whole Master League for me so far, without question. Although there are other contenders, Castledine has been with me from season 1 and will stay until the end, whenever that comes.My team isn’t currently setting this ML world on fire, but Castledine certainly is. Teams of the Month like the one below are pretty regular:I picked up Luca Toni in mid-season. The current 19-year-old Regen was mentioned often by a few regular commenters on the blog, something which usually puts me off those players. I like my discoveries to be my own. A player shared is a player halved and all that.
But there’s a method behind my search for big men. (No, don’t take that out of context.)
Individuality in PES has been nerfed over the past few years, of that there is no question in my mind, but the big men remain very satisfying. (Stop it now.)
Dzeko and Cavani, and now Toni, handle like all players in PES always should, There’s momentum and inertia. There’s clumsiness and lack of responsiveness sometimes. They’re not the insta-responsive ninjas that the online component of the PES community apparently spent years calling for, and eventually got. Konami should never have listened to those voices, but it’s far too late now.
As well as the rare daytime match seen at the top of this post, I also had my first injury in about a season and a half — and it had to happen to Cavani.
I missed him when he was gone (leave it now), and the goals dried up a touch. I think Dzeko is just past the period when he’s most useful to me. Toni came in and didn’t really do anything. Too young. In a season or two I’ll be in Europe, hopefully the Champions League, and he should hit his stride then.
Cavani returned, eventually, and started scoring again almost immediately.
Here’s a Season 5 Miscellany of goals that starts with another fine Dzeko header and ends with a stylish Cavani hat-trick. Gorgeous from Cavani! The third goal is one of the unusual stranded-keeper ones that I think we’ve all scored some version of by now. Somewhere in the middle is a last-minute winner from Castledine against Spurs that had me roaring with good old-fashioned Pro Evo delight. Aimar, fresh on a substitute, makes the goal with his pace and then with the cross.