Exciting times in Season 6, on a number of fronts.
Before I get into that, one bit of business from the mid-season transfer window that I forgot to mention in my previous post.
On deadline day, I made one big signing: James Rodriguez.
I haven’t mentioned him since then because he’s turned out to be just another very good nuPES AMF/SS. Nothing remarkable about him at all. Nothing truly individual. I could have bought any of hundreds of other AMF/SS types and they’d have been just the same.
Five years ago a player like Rodriguez would have been a jewel in the crown of any ML side. Player individuality in PES is in the worst state it has ever been in, no question about it.
Anyway. Take a look at the league table after 32 matches:
My excitement levels are off the scale.
I have hauled myself up to this level with my hardest-working performances in any PES, ever. Player individuality might be in the toilet, Master League itself might be a shadow of its former greatness, but the game has still got that indefinable something.
With 6 matches of the season remaining I have a great chance of winning the Premier League title at the second time of asking. It didn’t look on the cards for most of the first third of the season, when goals and results were extremely hard to come by, but things abruptly picked up towards halfway.
The key to this new upswing in fortunes has been having the patience to create optimum chances. Meaning, short-range chances. Rather than always blazing away from medium and long-range.
This is a bit of a departure for me. I’m a cheerfully unsophisticated football gamer. A 30-yard piledriver is a hundred times more valuable than any tippy-tappy ‘team goal’.
The football gaming (and general football-watching) cognoscenti value those so-called ‘team goals’ above all else. Theo Walcott sidefooting the ball into the net from 1 yard at the end of 90 passes, or whatever, has the mysterious power to send football pundits into mystical raptures. I barely rate such goals at all, never mind above all else.
So there are no long-range goals in PES2017. Walking the ball into the net is the new rock ‘n’ roll.
Except, very occasionally…
Part of my swashbuckling run to 2nd place saw me take on Bournemouth, away. A tight game that I ended up winning 2-0, with a goal in each half. Here are those two goals:
Ah, yes indeed. You wait ages for one…
I really, really needed that. A football game without long-range goals is like an FPS without headshots.
Needless to say I enjoyed the moment of the Carrick strike almost as much as I’ve enjoyed PES2017 as a whole so far.
Getting the Lobato strike in the same match was an amazing surprise. I have never known any PES to ‘allow’ two long-range goals in the same match.
Granted, by the time Lobato knocks it ahead of him and then sprints onto it and hits it, he’s only about 23 yards out. But still. A remarkable double. I doubt this will ever be repeated for me in this game.
Friday’s post will see the end of Season 6 and the denouement of the most unexpected league-title challenge I have ever known.