This is the kind of team I usually start with in most matches now. And that kind of subs bench too. The only difference is that R BURKE goes in the starting line-up if he’s got a full stamina bar. Otherwise, he’ll come on in the second half.
I’ve decided that when I get to the end of this season I’m jettisoning most of my high-rated superstars. Maybe all of them.
I’ve brought in some extremely low-rated youngsters and brought back Friday – an old man of 31 in decline – and the game is all the better for playing with them. I’ll re-stock my squad with Youths and players in decline. It’ll be, gulp, ‘fun’.
I think I will keep Ibrahimovic and Aduriz to play up front when I fancy a change of pace, but the rest will go at the end of this season. If I was a story-based kind of ML player I’d imagine the club encountering some Rangers-style catastrophe, except without the relegation.
For now, I play most matches using a peculiar mix of top-rated and bottom-rated players.
I signed that Youth called R BURKE who is rated 61 OPR. I’ve now played about 7 matches with him as a starter. Truth be told, I don’t notice him being any worse than my 90+ OPR-rated CBs, which doesn’t flatter PES2017 very much. My pet peeve with nuPES, that too many players are too indistinct, still holds. The series’ rich heritage of player individuality has been watered down.
And my no-fouls peeve still holds too. That’s a peeve that’ll never go away. No doubt the early play-testers of PES2018 will come back from their 99% multiplayer-focused testing sessions gushing about how many fouls there were.
Of course, multiplayer matches do feature a few more fouls than the single-player game does. So the PES2018 play-testers – their fingers still throbbing from all their R1+Square+X-squeezing and Circle-sliding – won’t actually be lying to us. They just won’t have played the actual game that we’ll be playing come September.
If I had any hair left, I’d tear it out every single year at how this fact seems to sail right by the over-excited play-testers. Pro Evolution Soccer is a single-player game too. When they fail to test the game in single-player, they fail to test the game.
I made this short video of Jarvis scoring his first goal since his return – and then missing a goal that would have been the greatest PES2017 goal of them all.
Friday is also here missing a few as well.
NB: In a rush to edit this video last night I accidentally mis-positioned the replay of Jarvis’s goal. You’ll spot the mistake.