Ah, the way we were. What’s quaint about this screenshot isn’t just the style of it – the old-school PES interface and colouring and whatnot. It’s the fact that I’m playing against Le Mans in a league encounter. Le Mans are one of my Division 2 opponents. And there are only 8 teams in Division 2.
I’ve played 6 matches in Season 1 and I’m already almost at the halfway point.Not a bad opening record, that, especially considering I started on 6* difficulty. I never normally open a Master League campaign on the ‘I’m proper hard, me’ difficulty.
The Defaults are as rubbish as I remember them.
On the right is my Formation along with my Starting XI, if they’re all fit and in form (they never are).
A 4-3-3 is the only formation I can play classic PES with. The game mis-calls it 4-2-1-3, in a nice tradition that continues to this day.
Jaric gets the nod at DMF over Dodo simply because Jaric is the better player. Jaric is my ‘he’ll do until Mathieu comes along’ player.
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Libermann again. Ximelez is as wonderfully rubbish as ever. Ordaz is a pleasure. And Castolo…
I’ve scored 2 goals in the league so far, and 1 in the D2 Cup. (First leg ended 1-0 to me.)
My very first goal in PES5 was scored by a certain Myth.
Look at him doing That Dance after that relatively straightforward finish following an AI blunder. I thought: you cheeky bastard…
Regular readers will know that I have something of a love-hate relationship with Castolo. It’s only ‘something’ of a love-hate relationship because I have never loved Castolo.
When PES fans wax lyrical about Castolo, I never think they’re remembering Castolo. I always think they’re remembering his previous incarnation, Castello – back then he truly was a remarkable player, even a phenomenal one.
When the switch from Castello to Castolo came along, I found him poor. The only distinguishing feature was pace, and I’m more of a pass-and-move football gamer.
So Castolo, for me, became The Myth of Castolo, and I enjoyed making fun of the enduring renown that rightly belongs to his previous incarnation, Castello.
I know, I know – you have always turned Castolo into a superstar, he’s da best player ever, etc.
The point here is that I never have, and I wonder if I ever will.
So maybe now’s the chance to try. I will keep Castolo this time around on PES5, and see what becomes of him,
Here are the stats from my two opening matches. It’s worth noting that PES5 doesn’t always produce inflated fouls/free kicks counts.I only conceded 1 foul in that one, but got a ton (relative to PES2015-17) against me.
More balanced here:
I’ll try not to crow all the time about the plentiful fouls and free kicks that most matches are liberally sprinkled with. But it’s hard not to be thrilled by the experience of having fouls and free kicks in a football game, when they so clearly make general gameplay better by many orders of magnitude.
In more recent football games, particularly PESes 2015-16-17, the virtual elimination of a proper fouling mechanic means that the gameplay easily degenerates into a trancelike button-mashing state.
An abundance of fouls and free kicks makes for a richer, more complex, more PES-like experience. If there’s a serious case to be made for the opposite viewpoint, I would love to hear it.
One final piece of whimsy:
Click that to hear exactly what it promises.
There’s quite a bit about PES5 that I don’t recall from its original year of life. I don’t remember experiencing the thrill of hearing Mr Brooking speak the title of the game before.
I heard it this week when I started the game up, then left the room for a few minutes. When I returned, the automatic demo match had just concluded and the game was reloading the main menu screen, and Trev uttered the immortal words instead of Peter Brackley.
We must imagine the Hammers legend, sealed in a recording booth in London, circa late 2003 or early 2004, a set of outsized ‘cans’ clamped onto his head, speaking the line over and over until he got it just right. Or do we think he nailed it first-time like a pro?
Note the change between ‘Evolution’ and Soccer’ – that strange pause and shift of emphasis. He says ‘Pro Evolution’ in a higher register than you’d expect, and then speeds up on ‘Soccer 5’, making it a sort of surprised-sounding announcement. Voice-over producers never simply wing it, everything is carefully weighed and assessed, so Trev’s rendition of the immortal phrase was no accident.
You can right-click and Save As to keep that sound clip for yourself. Me, I’m thinking of making it (or the ‘blurt’ sound just after it – or both) into my text message alert sound.