Season 8 – played 17, won 9, lost 1, drawn 7. If I’d won 4 of those 7 drawn matches (and I could have won all of them), I’d be top of the pile again. The table right now:
At least my goals-scored is a touch better than the average 1-per-match of the past few seasons. Averaging 1.4 per match isn’t much better, though, and explains those many draws.
Why is goal-scoring such a problem for me in PES2017? Is it me who’s at fault, or is it the game?
I have to say I feel it’s mostly the game, artificially holding me at bay. When you have 25 shots in a single match, get 13 of them on target, but only score 1 goal – well, that can happen. When that happens in a series of matches, it’s got to be a script at work. Transparently so, in my opinion.
Amazingly, it isn’t what frustrates me the most about PES2017.
I’m on record as to what irks me the most about PES2017: no-fouls, and no player individuality. These two issues are the Big Two that nothing else even gets close to matching in terms of feeling that the rich legacy of PES has been betrayed.
I get to half-time of most matches with zero fouls, and a token 1 or 2 by full-time if I’m lucky. Seriously.
22 of my 26 players all feel much the same as each other. Seriously.
So being artificially frozen out on the goal-scoring front is pretty low on the list of PES2017’s sins. And really, all I need to do is shoot better. I still find myself over-aiming and dragging shots wide. I don’t heed my own advice about respecting PES2017’s narrower-than-normal aiming arc in front of goal. I send too many shots whistling into the virtual stands.
Here’s a mini-compilation of several goals I have scored. They’re of various types, from various players:
Halilovic has a decent one at the end there. He’s emerged as the most old-style individual in a pretty samey bunch. I look at my entire 26-man squad and can pick out maybe 4 players who resonate with me as individuals. Halilovic tops the list. The others are Rice, Jarvis, and Friday. I can’t honestly say any other player would pass a blind taste test challenge, or will be remembered in a year’s time.
Halilovic reminds me of old-school Shimizu. Small and relatively weak, but able to ping a mean pass, and a tidy dribbler. He differs from Shimizu in one important aspect – he packs a mean shot when the conditions are right. Shimizu, after his PES5 incarnation at least, never had any real shooting power. Wait a month or two, and you might well see PES5’s Shimizu bagging a goal or two on these very pages.As well as the League, I’m going for the Europa League this season, with some gusto.
Between you and me, next season – Season 9 – will almost certainly be PES2017’s swansong. I feel this game is reaching its natural end. I reserve the right to change my mind, of course, but such is my current thinking.
I believe I’ll be in the Champions League next season one way or the other. So this season right here is my last chance to win the Europa League on PES2017.
I breezed through the group stage. The first time I’ve done so in any European competition on this game. 4 draws, though.
The draw for the Round of 32 pits me against Frankfurt.
Great stuff. I’ve loved playing against the German teams in PES2017. Always bags of atmosphere, and curiously, they have had proper derby-type feel to them with plenty of fouls (well, 4 or 5, which is dizzying by PES2017’s standards) and plenty of niggle.
By Friday’s post I’ll have passed through the transfer window. I’m not planning to indulge. There’s no point in getting new players just for the sake of getting them. I’ve got a large squad that’s more than capable of winning the League and the Europa League this season.