Heading towards mid-season of Season 9 in PES2014, I’m starting to feel myself in that uneasy betwixt-and-between zone when it comes to difficulty levels. I’m still on Top Player, but quite often I’ll go one or two goals down and not feel that it’s a disaster. I always feel that I can quite easily come back for a draw or a win. And quite often, that’s what happens.
That’s a sign you’re starting to get a handle on a football game’s difficulty level and it’s time to think about moving up a notch.
I’ll see out the remainder of this season on Top Player whatever happens. It’s likely though that Season 10 will see me move up to Superstar.
Not that I’ve been having it easy on Top Player, you understand. I squeaked through the Champions League Group stage. My last match was against group leaders Juventus, with me needing at least a draw to ensure second place. I went 1-0 down early on, and no matter how much I battered the Juve goal, nothing was happening. In the 89th minute I played it simple: an Arsenal-style passing move that slipped in Joaquin for a one-on-one. I tucked it away nicely and earned the point that guaranteed second place. On the final whistle I made a throaty ‘grrrrrr’ sound and shook a clenched fist in the air.
As it turned out, 3rd-place Sevilla had lost. I could have lost the Juve game and still qualified. I wasn’t to know that during the match itself.
The draw for the first knockout round has taken place. It’s a toughie: Bayern Munich, with the first leg at home. Juventus gave me two tough matches at the group stage. It’ll be intriguing to see how Bayern Munich shape up.
In the league I’ve had a couple of the types of matches that I alluded to above. Matches where I mysteriously go one or two goals down, but eventually manage to come back for the win or the draw. Only sometimes I don’t. A horrible 0-2 defeat by Southampton at home means I’m still some way off the leaders of the pack:
But overall I’m happy to be in the vicinity at this stage of the season. I still have a faint chance of the Treble, I think. If a Treble does happen, would there even be a Season 10? Almost certainly yes, as I’m thoroughly enjoying the gameplay of PES2014, not just the ML story.
If I make the right purchases in the mid-season transfer window, I’ll definitely win at least one trophy this season. My super-Regen Robbie Keane has gone somewhat off the boil lately, so a top striker to step up during his lean periods would seem to be in order. I could also do with a truly world-class defender. The PES2014 AI is notable for its fondness for waltzing through my back line a bit too much.