A month or so ago, I grasped too early for PES5 on PC. I was still not really able to play on PC with the same convenience and ease as on console. And I had a nagging feeling that my business with PES2017 wasn’t done. Also, my third mistake was to start Master League from scratch, with the grindiest Defaults ever, after a long and exhausting PES2017 campaign.
Today, PES2017 is firmly done. Oh yes. There is not one particle of me that wants to play that game again (in a mostly positive way).
And after a domestic rearrangement (i.e., clearing out a spare room and putting a desk in it) my computing circumstances are such that I can play PES5(PC) as straightforwardly as on a console. Pull out chair, power up computer, play.
And finally, I’ve jumped into a Master League that I’ve been playing, on and off, for years. About 6-7 seasons in.
I’ve been having a couple of matches per day. PES5 is the gold standard for PES — for football games — that will never be toppled. Never.
Disgusting pandering to online multiplayers? No.
Fouls galore? Yep.
Player individuality in bucketloads? Oh yes.
Glorious goals. Wonderful rhythm to defence and attack. Deep, profound, interesting. Oh yes — and PES5 is ‘fun’. I mustn’t forget fun, the thing that ‘whippersnappers nowadays’ wrongly think is what PES always used to be primarily about. (10-15 years ago, FIFA was ‘fun’. PES was so much more than mere ‘fun’.)
I wish I had time today to post an awesome hat-trick from the young Schwarz. One for next week.
Here is the squad of players that I will be playing this classic game with over the coming weeks: