Nine matches into Season 11 of my Master League exploits on PES2014, and the table has a disturbingly familiar look to it:
I’m fourth, as I was for most of last season. The teams above me are the same teams that were above me for most of last season. Uh-oh, I’m thinking.
I’ve already lost 3 matches. I would say it was careless of me, but in truth, I wasn’t even at the races in any of the 3. The first team that did me was Manchester City, who pummelled me the whole way through. I can’t remember the last time a Pro Evo genuinely made me fear playing the big boys. This one does.
I hardly got a shot on goal. They won 3-0, with this as their third and game-killing goal:
Aguero with the scissors kick at the end there. I filmed it that way because it was more dynamic or something. Truth be told, filming things on my phone and then uploading them to YouTube is still a pain. It takes something noteworthy to prompt me to do it. Whenever I return to the PS4, I will not miss this aspect of retro footy gaming at all.
I’ve posted the above AI goal to show non-players of PES2014 (and there are plenty of them among the PES community) just what I’m up against with this PES2014 AI. One moment it’s doing things like the above, crafting stunning volleys. The next it’s stifling all my attempts to make chances. The next it’s pulling off wonder-saves with the GK. The next it’s doing something baffling that almost lets me walk the ball into the net.
I say these things not to damn the PES2014 AI but to praise it — highly praise it. PES2014’s AI is one of the most interesting AIs I’ve ever played against in any football game. Its frequent forays into ridiculousness (the rebound goal crops up just too often) are more than forgivable. This AI is unpredictable and often lethal, and that’s just how I like it.
The other teams to beat me were Blackpool (3-1) and Tottenham (2-1). I beat Chelsea when I met them. But will the other teams drop points as the season goes by? It’s one of those situations where every single league game will be of maximum importance. I feel that I cannot drop any more points..
And I’m out of the FA Cup already. I know, careless of me, but the team that knocked me out was…. Manchester City. In this game they’re proper, 2013-14, vintage Manchester City and they come pre-programmed with an appropriate degree of toughness.
I feel I must win something this season. All I have left now is the League and the Champions League.
And the Champions League is not going great. Motherwell thumped me 3-0 in the opening fixture. I snatched a draw in the next against Juventus.
The table after two matches:
Hopefully I’ll be OK here. But what happens when I get out of the group and encounter a big AI team in the right mood to dish out a lightning 3-0 thrashing? What then?
‘Don’t let that happen’ seems to be the way to go. I’ll deal with it when the situation arises.
At the start of this season nearly all of my players were reset to basic plain-green levels of Heart. It’s taken me until now to coax them back to yellow-orange levels, and the results have finally started coming back. Heart is a big factor in PES2014.
The good goals are still flying in — here’s Deco scoring a semi-daisycutter type of goal, from distance, that isn’t that notable in most editions of PES, but still an occasion for celebration in PES2014: