Gritty. Infuriating. Exhilarating. Three words that describe a great session of PES2017.
It’s been a great start to Season 5, on the whole, There was an awful opening session when the average per-match satisfaction rating would have been about 5/10 across 6 matches. But I’ve had solid 8/10 averages in two sessions since. My latest, on Monday evening, was a superb 9/10 per-match session.
I think there’s a decent chance this game might be another PS2-era-style PES. Perhaps not in terms of out-and-out gameplay quality, when all’s said and done, but possibly so in terms of ML longevity.
We shall see.
Highlight of recent sessions was another visit to Anfield where I ground out a wonderful 2-0 victory against an ultra-competitive Liverpool side.
I’ve now played at the DLC Anfield stadium about 4 times. Each match has been great. The stadium looks as good as anything we have ever seen in PES. I seriously considered making Anfield my home ground, if possible, but in the end I decided not to. That’s the end of that story.
The table after 10 matches:
I’ve played on a good bit after this screenshot was taken, and things are much the same.
I’ve only lost 1 match, and I’ve drawn loads. This might be seen as evidence of stasis in the gameplay and the AI, but I’m not so sure. My subjective experience of the matches — barring that dreadful opening chunk — has been of deeply absorbing, properly PESlike excellence.
A word about my principal new signing for Season 5, Eric Dier. He’s got the tenacity and the big, booming shot of a classic PES DMF. I worry that his shooting traits will count for nothing in a PES that artificially hobbles distance shooting. If my DMF isn’t netting from 30 yards every once in a while, I’m not happy.
It took Dier about 4 matches to settle in. That’s something PES has always done excellently well, it seems to me. Whenever you buy a new player, particularly a good new player, it’s going to take a few matches for him to settle in and start doing things that warrant the transfer.
Of course this is cheerfully unrealistic, in my view, as there are many instances in real life where players arrive at new clubs and have a sensational debut, or just a solid first few matches. But so what? How much realism truly belongs in PES? Is the hyper-professional, 4-5-1-lovin’, mutual-nullification-tending, real-life game worthy of being imitated these days?
I care very little for real-life football. The match highlights packages you see on MOTD are 5 minutes long for a reason.
A word about Jamie Vardy — he was one of my Youth promotees pre-season. So far, he’s not done a great deal, but I hear good reports of him in PES2017 from many a source. I have been bringing him on as a sub regularly. Just to see.
New Youths are never much cop for me. They can have the odd standout match. But I cannot remember a single instance, in all my years, of a new Youth being consistent over many matches. So there’s a ways to go.
Here is a mini-compilation of moments from my opening few sessions of Season 5. The 16-year-old Vardy’s debut goal appears towards the end. Lobato, though, is the star.