I didn’t score any goals in my last few Season 1 matches. I had 4 pre-season friendlies lined up, and didn’t score any goals in any of those matches either.
Things are bad. It’s been many years since I did the Defaults slog in a classic PES. I had no clear memory of what I was letting myself in for.
Yes, I’ve had a PES5 save on the boil for years that I’ve picked up occasionally. But that was a mature save, in Season 6 or 7. Lots of great players. I’d long since got past the stage I’m at now. It almost feels like I’ve never played before.
The Defaults are terrible. But part of the problem is trying to shed the muscle memory of several years of very indulgent editions of the game that cater for online expectations. PES2016 and PES2017 in particular.
There’s a common move in recent PES games where you can receive the ball, trap it at once, and straightforwardly turn 180 degrees with it, spinning like a ninja-ballerina, and dart off at speed in the other direction.
Nearly every player you own will be capable of this move, including the CBs.
In PES5, I am happy to say, there are no ninja-ballerinas.
I signed Park Chu Young in the transfer window. He cost me 5000-odd Points and took me perilously close to a Game Over. That would have been embarrassing to report here. (So I made sure it wouldn’t happen by parking a separate save, just in case. I haven’t got time to restart.)
In an effort to sell a player to make up the Points, I transfer listed most of my expendable players. That means nearly all of them. The only players I’d keep out of my current roster are Mathieu, of course, and just Libermann and Ruskin from the Defaults.
Castolo would go. Ordaz would go. And the likes of Fouque too – what the Fouque is the actual point of this bozo? Dodo, Stein, Espimas, the lot of them. All out. No sentimentality. They’re total rubbish.
A few game weeks passed without an offer and I was sweating on that Game Over when I saw the friendly glowing green triangle that has saved by hide so many times in PES5 transfer windows.
Espimas had a bidder. Arsenal took him for 5000 Points.
And that was that. I made it through Payment Day with a thousand Points to spare – enough to get another player or two in the middle of Season 2, which is only 7 matches away, remember.
I played the first league match of the season, versus newly-relegated Sunderland. I won it 1-0.
The summer is about to get moving, and will be over sooner than we think. I’d like promotion this season.
Finally today, another in my infrequent What Happened Next? series.
This is from a pre-season match versus Chelsea from the Premiership (as it was still called then).
Scenario: I’m 0-1 down and in need of a goal to earn those precious Points to help stave off the Game Over that I was fretting about above.
Not a sniff of goal the whole game – until late on, when a through-ball finds Castolo on the outer corner of the Chelsea box…
What happened next?
(This video is about 1 second long. I was going to post it as a GIF, but even short ones traditionally slow some browsers to a crawl. YouTube is best as it gives you the choice of whether to view it or not.)
Answers in comments, please. I’ll post the full video with the answer right here over the weekend.
And now the answer — this is what happened next. Got to love the myth of Castolo, eh?