I have abruptly abandoned my playing of PES5 — and my playing of one consistent daily football game. For now.
The demands of real life are too much. Nothing terrible, just work and life. Time is squeezed almost to nothing.
With PES5, a few factors have gone against it. I’ve been playing PES5 on and off for years, since 2009 in my main current save, so there’s nothing really new for me in the gameplay. PES5 is still, and always will be, the greatest football game ever made, by the by.
The fiddliness of playing a daily football game on the PC is simply proving too annoying. I am used to the comfort and convenience of the console experience. I am a happy and proud console peasant.
Much better for me to get my daily football game fix via console, and for that console to be the PS4.
Over the past few days I’ve enjoyed playing some PES2009 on the PS3, after a couple of regular commenters enthused about it at length. I’ve gone back to my old ML save on PES2017, and fooled around with Unassisted passing – there’s something that might be worth exploring in the future. PES2017 felt really good, overall, surprisingly.
I’ve also played a few matches in my old savegame on FIFA16.
My Coventry City team were riding high in the Championship playoffs the last time I saw them. I scored this goal with my young signing, Marcus Rashford:
Very satisfying. Curiously, in this little session of FIFA16, I had time to experience the two extremes of FIFA. During the first match: ‘This is amazing, this could be the greatest football game ever made!’ Then, literally two matches later: ‘I don’t want to play this any more right now’. Very curious.
So the flip-flop weeks are here to stay. Given the way life currently is, that’s how it’ll have to be.
Looking back, a flip-flop period is as much a staple feature of summertime on the blog as the thumbshot picture is of PES release day in the autumn.
Who knows what I’ll play next and what I’ll end up playing for the next few months? It’s quite liberating to have no plan.