I’ve praised Castledine to the heavens many times already this term. Season 7 has been billed as my last on PES2016. The game simply had to end with Castledine to the forefront, and it did.
Pictured above is the man himself lifting the most coveted prize in virtual European football. Castledine: the Coynborough of PES2016.
Not only is this my first Treble since PES2013, but this is the first incarnation of the Castello/Castolo/Cinalton/Castolis entity who has stayed in my squad all the way to the end of an ML campaign since… I can only just remember when the last one was. I believe it was Castello, in PES2 or PES3. Castledine has not only stayed, but easily been my most valuable player. A notable achievement indeed.
Yes, I have won the Treble in PES2016, at the end of Season 7, and so ends my time on this game. For now? Possibly. It’s a long time between now and next Autumn. With my track record, I could just as easily be back playing it next week.
The FA Cup Final against Aston Villa had worried me. PES likes to throw a spanner in the works, and a local derby difficulty escalation was just what I didn’t need.
I was right to be worried too — the game was a nightmare to navigate through, with the Villa team all snapping into violent challenges, very few of which yielded free kicks. Local derby-style games are pretty much the only matches in PES2016 where I’m sure of getting a few free kicks.
My winning FA Cup Final goal was a special one –a lovely through-ball from my star Youth promotee, Aimar, left Giorza free to cut in from the side of the penalty box. I slammed my thumb down on the square button and absolutely lashed the ball past the Villa keeper into the opposite side of the net. This goal is in the video highlights at the end of this post.
Winning the League was pretty straightforward. I had it wrapped up with a couple of matches to spare and was able to rest key players for the two cup finals.
The final table for Season 7 on PES2016:
Yes, I sloppily lost another match in those final few matches, blotting my almost-Invincibles copybook once more. Ah well. I’ll do that Invincibles thing again one day.
I was puzzled when it came to the trophy presentation. The great mystery being: where’s the trophy? There’s clearly a space in this tableau where a trophy of some kind is supposed to be, so what happened?
Did it fail to load? What?
The Champions League Final against Porto was a tough game — until it wasn’t. For about 20 game-minutes I toiled to make anything happen, but then got a goal, followed by another one before half-time. Treble in the bag? I thought so.
Straight from their second-half kickoff, Porto got one back. But I soon got a third to go to 3-1 and make the European Cup safe — and it was scored by the same man lifting the trophy up there. Captain Castledine scored the last goal of my last season on PES2016. (All three of my Champions League Final goals are in the compilation at the end of this post.)
Oh, and this kept happening at the end of each of the key games:
And so to the mini-compilation of my run-in and cup finals. Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen any of the post-match celebrations in PES2016 yet, and want to save yourself for them, skip watching this:
And that is just about that. On the whole, I leave PES2016 in a positive frame of mind. It’s been… okay, really.
There is some other wrapping-up business to attend to, but I’ll get to that on Tuesday. The post-season Team of the Tournament and other things. I’ll also chunter on some more about Master League and PES2016, and start to muse about where I go next.