Into January in Season 10 of PES2017, my last season on PES2017. Still closing in on the Treble. Still unbeaten — in all competitions. I’m having a memorable final season.
That image above was picked for its weirdness. An extreme close-up on the side of a West Ham player’s shorts, with one of my players a blur in the distance? How did the game choose that? Play long enough on any football game and you will usually end up seeing oddities and wonders — of which more at the end of this post
I feel quite well-disposed toward PES2017 at the moment. Perhaps this is helped by the arrival of springlike weather over the past few days. There’s something about laying back, the window cracked open for the first time since September, the room seeming so unnaturally bright, the radio on in the background, just relaxing with Pro Evo.
I’m suddenly feeling quite well-disposed to my ML team. Maybe my awareness that this is their final season is bringing sentimentality to the surface. But I think it’s more because this really is a better PES than last year’s.
I’d struggle right now to name many, if any, of my PES2016 ML team, but I’m quietly sure I’ll recall PES2017’s crew — the likes of Halilovic, and Palacio, and others — for a long time to come.
Since at least PES2015, PES’s famous sense of player individuality has been sacrificed in the name of online-focused ‘balancing’. There’s no question about that in my mind.
But just enough of the ghost of individuality remains for us to sometimes experience that uncanny sense of controlling more than just a bindle of pixels and coding.
The emergence of another individual, Regen Dmitri Payet, has helped. It also helps that the commentary team pronounces his name correctly as ‘Pie-yay’, instead of the cringesomely ignorant ‘Pie-yet’. If I was a continental European I’d be bloody delighted about Brexit. (Please don’t mock-innocently ask me about Paris/Paree in comments.)
Anyway, Regen Payet’s crossing and all-round silky skills on the ball are noticeable and pleasing to behold. Payet this season has played a large part in driving my rise to this position in the league:
Clear by 6 points. Still unbeaten.
I’ve got a great chance of a Treble and an Invincibles season, which I have never done before on any PES. This is my entire life now.
The Champions League Group ended with me winning 6 out of 6 and scoring a hatful in the process:
I’m also still in the FA Cup, having sailed past Watford 4-0 in a game that featured the first star performance from my new signing, striker C BACCA.
I just can’t think of a nickname for C BACCA. It’s driving me mad trying to rack my brains to come up with a nickname for C BACCA. I think I’ll have to call C BACCA something else as an interim nickname — Clive, or something like that.
Has PES2017 rolled over to have its tummy tickled? Not likely.
Only about 1 in 5 matches is anything like straightforward. I’m working hard for 80% of my results.
With all this fine feeling going on, what chance of a Season 11?
Not zero chance, but not a great chance either. I feel right now that I will win big this season, and thus could part from PES2017 on amicable terms, and take away many more good memories of the game than bad memories.
If I played a Season 11 I’d just be inviting the nitpick fairy back to stay, and postponing something I’m impatient to do right now — and that’s PES5.
So this is 99% certain going to be the last season on PES2017.
To end with, another one of those oddities I mentioned at the start.
Some months ago, in that week when two ‘scorpion-kick’ goals were scored in quick succession in so-called real-life football, I mused that this meant the PES devs were sure to add them as a possible animation in PES2018.
Well, I saw an attempt in PES2017 just yesterday morning —
Yes, it would have been better if the attempt had actually succeeded, but it just shows that PES, no matter how diluted and compromised in the name of the false online gods, retains the capacity to impress with novelty. Even after nine-and-a-half seasons and several hundred matches.