Only a few matches since the last time. Is right now the summertime slump for football gaming, or what? I still want to play a football game, and I do play one, but the real urgency isn’t really there at the moment.
Saint Etienne are heading in the right direction. I said last time that I want to finish in the European qualifying spots. I do my best to win every match with my low-rated team and threadbare squad. It makes every match an interesting battle.
It’s so hard to score goals with a low-OPR team. I suspect the game has a scripted goals-limiting formula in place. I make great chances, but don’t finish them. ‘That’s because you’re playing with poor-statted and low-skilled players, and/or you’re just not good enough,’ would be the standard objection from a scripting-sceptic (of whom there are surprisingly many still around). Perhaps.
I have experienced what might be one of my most humiliating defeats in any PES ever.
Matched up against Paris St Germain, I was gratified to find that they actually played like a top team. Strong, fast, aggressive, skilful, dangerous.
They had a man sent off early in the first half. Naturally I expected to go on to win – maybe not comfortably (nothing is comfortable with a team like my Saint Etienne), but I still expected to win.
I lost 0-3. It’s worth emphasising what happened here: I lost 0-3 against 10 men. They went down to 10 men when it was 0-0. Nothing like it has ever happened to me before in PES. And I wasn’t even unlucky. Just overpowered at the back and neutered at the front.
Truth be told, it doesn’t seem to make a difference how good the matches are. I’m definitely starting to flag with PES2017. I think this season, and maybe one more, and I’ll be ready to take a break before PES2018’s arrival.
Here’s the current table – despite losing a few matches now, and drawing too many, the league table scripting has kept me very much in touch with the European places: