Closing in on the end of Season 1 with Saint Etienne. I think it’s my 12th season on PES2017 overall. Or the 11th. I will have to check. Whichever it is, this is the longest-lasting PES since PES2012. Not bad going.
With 32 league matches played and 6 remaining of the Ligue 1 season, I have finally, painfully, hauled myself out of the relegation spots – but not by much:
Results have picked up, but not enough that I can be certain of avoiding relegation.
At least I got one player into the February Team of the Month, for the first time at Saint Etienne:
Friday is great at the moment, almost as good as he was in my promotion season with Coventry City back in Season 2. He’s getting goals galore, and of course last week’s sumptuous long-ranger is still fresh in my memory. I can’t see me scoring a better goal on PES2017.
The quality of the matches are consistently among the best I have played on PES2017 as a whole. Having lesser players really makes the difference.
I am also playing New Zealand friendlies occasionally, and experiencing matches that are just as good. I’d lost every match with New Zealand until the most recent friendly, against the UAE, where I went 1-0 down after a brave, battling opening, and thought ‘here we go again’. Then I stormed back to win 3-1 with my star striker, C WOOD, getting two of them and performing like 1980s Mark Hateley on fizzy pop.
Back in Ligue 1, Friday and Crouch up front seem to have gelled. Crouch (good touch for a big man, of course) is a great link-up striker. In one match I came back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 – with Friday getting a hat-trick, all of them laid on by Crouch, who scored the odd one himself.
My Team Spirit is up to the 85-90 range, depending on who’s picked. This is offset by the bad players I have in my squad – so bad they’re good.
That New Zealand-UAE match was a great, great match – the kind of match that we often say to ourselves was one of the best games of computer-game football we have ever played. While I was playing it I wondered just what makes playing football games often so good, but watching other people play them usually such an empty, rather pointless experience.
If I had that New Zealand-UAE game to show here, or the one where Friday and Crouch linked up so well, I wouldn’t post them. Because why? Because the elements that go to make a great football game experience do not translate very well to third-party observation.
Which is my farty way of saying that when it comes to footy games, you just have to be there.
Just as nobody can taste your food for you, nobody can look at a football game you’ve played and see why you thought it was so ace. Something to bear in mind over the coming months when it seems we will be seeing a lot of PES2018.