This is the last week of PES2016 on the blog – probably. Anything can happen, of course, and I’ve made abrupt reversals many times before. PES2012 sticks out in the memory.
But when it comes to feasting at PES2016’s table, I feel that I’ve all but scoured the plate clean. I’ve done pretty well to play 7 seasons in Master League. I’ve learned never to say never again when it comes to PES. And there are many satisfying aspects of PES2016 that have kept me playing through all these hundreds and hundreds of matches. But if I ever play PES2016 again after this week, it’ll be with different settings (unassisted passing/shooting).
The time for wondering what PES2016 might have been with less focus on multiplayer and more on single-player is for next summer, perhaps. But for now, I’ll say it would have been nice to see more of this:
A lot more in the way of daytime, sunlit games would have been very nice. Not enough to nullify the game’s other problems (no fouls, ludicrously overpowered slide-tackles, no fouls, limited AI scoring capacity, no fouls, etc.). But it would have made for a more regular contrast to the relentless grind of the grey-black night.
A busy working weekend meant I only got to play a few matches of Season 7, my last on PES2016.
They were good matches, mind! Over the past week or two I’ve played a lot less than before, with gaps of a day or two between sessions, and found myself enjoying PES2016 much more as an occasional treat.
6 more league matches and here is the table after 33 games played:
I’m through to the FA Cup Final and the Champions League Final. The Treble is very much on, and despite my regret over PES2016’s relative lack of a difficulty curve, I’m excited about completing my first one in a few years.
I got through my first CL knockout round against Barca with some aplomb, running out 3-1 winners in the end with another hat-trick from the really-quite-awesome Reyes. I made a fuss early on about Reyes embodying the lack of individuality in PES2016, but I have to say he’s overturned that view in his case. (My view on this still holds for the game in general.)
I don’t remember who I had in the quarter final, but whoever it was, I beat them. Then it was Valencia in the semi, and this time it was a tough encounter. I drew the home leg 1-1, worrying about conceding the away goal. The away leg was tough.
Gotze came trough with the goal that secured my place in the final. It’s one of the few things he’s done since his arrival.
Here are three crucial goals from my recent session. Two from the Champions League bookend the clips. The goal in the middle came in a league 6-pointer against Manchester City:
A couple more wins will win the title. Which only leaves the other two components of the Treble to secure.
In the Champions League final I will play Porto. In the FA Cup Final, I will play Aston Villa – I hissed through my teeth when I saw Villa had made it through, as this means the final will be played as a local derby. PES is always in the mood to mess things up, and doubly so in derby games, I’ve found. The Treble is definitely on and I should definitely win it, but this Villa factor is a slight spanner in the works.
And so this coming Friday’s post will bring down the curtain on PES2016, exactly one week before Christmas. Will I secure the Treble – my first since PES2013? We shall see…