Here it is – a 7m 24s-long video containing every goal that I scored, in chronological order, during my title-winning season 6 just gone. First up are a couple of Community Shield goals, followed by 44 league goals with a sprinkling of FA Cup and Europa League goals among them:
I’ve done this ‘All The Season’s Goals’ thing twice before, back in PES2010 and PES2011. Those vids have long since been lost to the digital ether (they were uploaded to a YouTube imitator that abruptly vanished in 2014).
Why do this? Self-regarding vanity? Of course, but there are several other reasons why a whole-season goals compilation should be of interest to the student of PES.
PES was always justly famous for the sheer variety of goals you scored. ‘In Pro Evo, you never score the same type of goal twice in a row!’ we would proudly tell FIFA-lovers, back when we used to chastise FIFA on a regular basis. Boastful, and true.
Is it still true? This video indicates that perhaps it isn’t. Or… perhaps it really is still true? You decide.
As well as repeated patterns of goals, a video like this shows the frequency of unusual goals, goals with amusing features, long-range goals, goals that from a distance resemble flies, and so on.
Spot any patterns?
I do, the most glaring of which are:
- only 2 (TWO) of these 50-odd goals are scored with headers from crosses (both of them coming in separate matches against Man Utd, oddly). Yes, I do try crosses constantly in PES2017, having drunk the Kool Aid that says it’s a crossing-and-headers-friendly PES game. I find this PES no different to any other edition on the headers-from-crosses front;
- there are a disturbing amount of rebound goals (where the AI keeper saves it, only to gift it to a striker following up);
- I’m not too happy with the amount of goals where I pinch the ball from an AI player;
- There are some very satisfying goals among them, including an Halilovic finesse from 30 yards, so far unseen on the blog. I was playing with the Fan View camera in that match, just for something different.
Normal posting will resume on Friday, with the opening bars of my Season 7, in which I am defending my hard-won Premier League title, as well as participating in the Champions League for the first time. Here’s the Group draw on the right, complete with a made-up Konami team to spoil the view.
It’s been an intriguing opening to Season 7. Some of the best of PES2017 on show, and little of its worst. My opening fixture against Sevilla was an absolute barnstormer of a match, everything you would want the Champions League to be. Also it featured an interesting goal or two. If PES2017 keeps this kind of quality on show, there are a good few seasons left in it yet. More on Friday.