After a couple of recent dud sessions on PES5, I decided to roll back to my post-season 1 save, reduce the difficulty by a couple of notches, and resume from there.
Fortunately my save was from the very last week before Season 2 began, so I only lost the three matches of Season 2 that I’d played on 6*.
All transfer activity was still intact. I still have Park Chu Young. I am still without the now-sold Espimas.
I went from 6* difficulty down to 4* difficulty. It was a narrow thing choosing between 4* and 3*. 4* just took it thanks to my last small vestige of chest-beating false macho football gaming pride. The kind of pride that saw me start PES5 on the ultra-max difficulty, despite knowing that I like my football gaming difficulty to scale up with me as my Master League team scales up.
I think I had this prejudice because PES5 is ‘only’ a PS2 game, isn’t it? Because its players move around at a fair old rate of knots compared to our latter-day PES games. I thought I should I be able to ping-ping-ping the passes together and smack balls into nets almost at will.
How naive and forgetful of me. Of course PES5 is nothing like that, and if you pick it up again in 2017 expecting to coast to victory, you will come a cropper. As I have.
PES5 is still the greatest football game ever made because its various systems remain the most tightly designed, intricately-interlocked systems ever crafted for a football game.
Principal among these systems is the punishing physical collision modelling and the penalising thereof.
Fouls, in our fancy modern-speak. Good old-fashioned honest fouls.
There are tons of them. The average amount of AI fouls against me is around 9 per match. Per match.
I get an average of 4 free kick opportunities within shooting range every match.
Fouls in football games keep the player honest. Fouls remind the player who needs to be reminded (and that’s all of us, let’s not kid ourselves here) that keeping R1 pressed almost all the time is not conducive to good football gaming. Laying off R1 is the hardest lesson to re-learn, going back.
Perpetual sprinting is a disease in football gaming. PES5 is the cure. You can still do it, of course, and sometimes you can get away with it, but most often you’ll be losing the ball and conceding fouls, over and over and over again. They really don’t make football games like this any longer.
My move down to 4* has brought about one of the outcomes I was hoping for. Promotion seems to be on the cards for Season 2:Too soon? If this was my main PES game of the year, yes, of course it’d be too soon. But I’m only planning for a few months at most here
Not many goals around. The Goals Conceded column is particularly concerning. The AI continues to disappoint as an attacking force. It only seems to grow teeth when it’s losing.
I’m not scoring many either. Castolo is spectacularly poor. He has done sweet FA since netting the first goal on Season one opening day.
Sentiment aside, these Defaults are the worst players you will ever play a sequence of matches with in any football game.
Forget your misty-eyed recollections of ‘dear old Ruskin’ and the like. Jaric and Macco in particular seem nothing like the not-bad-really players I remember from long ago.
In my last session before writing this post, I got to mid season of Season 2, and am ready for some new players.