Having just 8 (EIGHT) teams in PES5’s Master League Division 2 is a wonderful feature that I wish could be brought back.
There are just 8 (EIGHT) teams in Division 2. This means that you only have to play a comfortable amount of settling-in and getting-to-know-you matches before you get to dip into the transfer market and start to bring about incremental change.
In my historical PES5 adventures, I’ve usually helped myself to Ono during the first transfer window. Ono is a wonderful, versatile Japanese midfielder who is almost as dear to me as many of the Defaults.
Ono is so good that he usually stayed to the end. I’ve got another save of PES5 that I’ve played very occasionally over the past several years – a few matches every month or two, with most played in mid-summer. I think that career is in Season 6 or 7 and Ono is a hardy regular there.So I skipped getting Ono this time.
Instead, I helped myself to another beloved regular. The Most Beloved Regular of all.
Step forward, J Mathieu.
I don’t recall ever getting him this early before. Not in the very first transfer window.
I held off getting any further players. Mathieu cost me 4133 Points. Expected Earnings indicated I’d still just be able to pay squad wages at the end of the season. I didn’t want to risk a Game Over.
Besides, I’m not getting promoted this season:
Or… could I? 5 points off the promotion spots…
I doubt it. I just cannot score goals.
4 goals scored in 10 matches says it all. These are the best two:
At least I’m not conceding. The AI is strangely reticent in front of goal – a problem that plagues PES in almost every instalment. I do recall PES5 being like this as well. This isn’t a shock rediscovery.
How’s the general experience? What’s it really, really like, with a 13-year-old football game as my main daily football game?
I said before this PES5 adventure started that I’d be completely honest about how it feels, and I will stick to that promise.
So far I’d rate my PES5 experience ‘only’ as 8/10.
Gameplay is deep and satisfying but I just cannot get anything going for long. The Defaults are too poor.
And this is how it should be. Master League should be pretty dour in Season 1.
This initial dourness is why the PES makers changed the essence of Master League in recent years. They remade ML so that things were instantly ace on the pitch, with skilful players and hatfuls of goals.
That way is not our way. Those of us who were there in the early years of this century recall a Master League that was often so unrewarding to begin with that you wondered what you were getting from it.
So that’s why PES5 feels like an 8/10 sort of experience currently. In classic ML, you have to tunnel through to the great stuff. You have to earn it all.