I forgot to mention a few posts ago that I moved grounds. I moved from the generic lower-league-type ground to the mid-range one, as seen above, that really does remind me of the old Highfield Road. I added that blue tint.
Season 6 is going great guns. My previous post, last Friday, detailed the iffy start I’d had to Season 6. How I was struggling to score goals and win matches. How I was languishing in lower-mid-table.
Things have changed. The current table –Bit of a sea change on show here, yes? It seems as if the change has come quickly. That’s partly an illusion due to my festive blogging break. But it also IS partly a sudden, startling upswing of fortune.
Yes. I have reached this familiar point in my annual Master League story. The point where I suddenly start being able to compete with every team, and usually finagle some sort of positive outcome against even the stubbornest opponent.
Highlight of my swashbuckling run to within sniffing distance of the title was a 4-0 demolition of the reigning champions, Manchester United, at their place – check these stats:A bit worrying from the AI’s point of view, there. Is PES2017 really capitulating so readily to my new slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach?
Torres has been performing very well indeed up front, and is my top scorer. I’m recording all my goals this season – every one, in all competitions – and will be showing them off in a single mammoth video at season’s end.
There are a few interesting goals among them, but as ever when I do this ‘All Goals, All Season’ thing it’s most interesting to look at the sequences of goal types.
I can already say that there’s a notable absence of two goal types: long-rangers, and headers from crosses. Neither goal type is at all common in PES2017 for me. Everybody misses long-rangers, but only I seem to be lacking in headers from crosses, oddly.
It’s not all been wine and roses. I crashed out of the Europa League at the group stage. ignominiously bottom of the table:That one hurt, because having a chance at the Europa League is traditionally just a one-season affair. Usually I’m in the Champions League the season after, and stay there. So it seems I’ve missed my one and only shot at the Europa League in PES2017.Rivals matches continue to be one of the most disappointing aspects of this or any other Master League. Nearly every Rivals match I’ve played in PES2017 has been a frantic flurry of button-mashing mayhem.
I’ve still been too lazy to head into Edit mode and remove all three teams from my Rivals list (Villa, Birmingham, Leicester).
Partly that is out of actual laziness, but it’s also out of curiosity. After 6 seasons, surely I’ll get a high-quality Rivals match eventually?
I’m still waiting, but I’m not expecting. I believe the nature of Rivals matches has been foolishly misconceived at PES Productions towers.I have passed through the January transfer window. I sold Dier, who was very decent but a disappointment overall. I’m still looking for my standout DMF in PES2017. I’ve come to suspect I’m not going to find him, given the ‘samey’ feeling of nearly all players in this football game. FIFA-style individuality – i.e., the wisp of individuality – is the rule. The requirement of ‘balancing for online play’ is, I believe, the cause.
I couldn’t resist getting Rooney, Payet, and Romero from my Youths. I put them up for loan immediately, of course, but nobody came in for them. So I’ll be developing them myself for the rest of the season. Rooney is already quite good, as befits his historical real self at this tender age.
Payet and Romero, as expected, are nothing much at the moment.
And will they ever be? Ten years ago (or even just four years ago), a Payet in PES would have been a true diamond. What chance has PES2017’s Payet got to really shine in an era of PES where silky, skilful, nimble players are the leaden norm rather then the delightful exception? Very little chance. But we shall see.Results like the great result above are a regular feature now.
I know how to win football games in PES2017. It’s about work and concentration, and focusing on making a couple of chances, and making them count. I do have an endpoint in mind for PES2017, but it’s still at least a few seasons away. I’m also about to revert to my pre-Christmas playing schedule, which is a very restricted one. I’d bet on this game lasting until March.
One bonus item before I sign off for today – the AI scored this 35-yard opportunistic snapshot against me:
A longer long-range strike than any I’ve had on PES2017. Insult to injury.
I’d just been defending in a button-mashy sort of way and my keeper was slightly out of position. The AI struck from about 35-40 yards and I was so surprised that I forgot to save the 30-second snippet showing the goal from my regular playing camera angle, where goals always look better from.
So I played the highlights package from the end-game menu and captured it there instead. Not ideal, but better than nothing.
By the by, what a curious feature of ‘highlights’ packages (either on TV or within football games) that they so often show goals from their least visually satisfying angles, as here.