Here we go. A very short, sharp post just to say two things. I’ve installed an Option File. I’ve Edited in my usual bespoke Coventry City. I’m about to start Master League. That’s three things. I’m excited and I lost count.
I got the game on Tuesday, which was super-early. It meant I had to wait longer than usual to begin Master League.
I played plenty of matches in Tournament and Champions League Mode and, God help me, offline shiteClub mode. I understand it’s easy to start your very first match on shiteClub with the likes of Suarez, Bale, and Morata playing up front. The future of football gaming, folks.
Today, I shove aside the trivial and get down to serious business.
Option File now installed, it’s time to get underway.
I am starting as a bespoke Coventry City. I had to Edit over one team. I usually Edit over WE United or PES United, and then import them to my chosen Division 2.
I couldn’t find PES United anywhere, but scrolling through the leagues I located WE United in the PAS League, and got to work.
I imported all the kits provided by the blog’s regular commenter, Paul (check out PESFX for plenty more, and to make requests).
Over the course of about 15 minutes I patiently went through each category of settings for WE United, overwriting them with every morsel of info. For my custom banners I picked four of Coventry’s most famous sons (and daughter).
If you don’t have to Google any of them, well done.
Then I discovered that I couldn’t move my newly-created Coventry City from the PAS League into the Championship.
So I reset WE United back to their default settings.
I went over into the Championship, and did everything I’d just done, again. Another 15 minutes.
I had to overwrite one of the existing clubs. Bad luck, Burton Albion. You’re just not established enough as a ‘proper’ team to have made the cut.
And now I’m all set.
I will start this very night. Bit of dinner. Bit of telly. Then Master League. Challenge mode. Professional difficulty.
A long and multiply-winding road ahead, leading who knows where?
One of these days a PES game is going to lead me straight off a cliff-edge (no-fouls, I am looking at you).
Will this be the edition that does it?
Or will it be the edition that redeems not only Master League, but PES as a whole?
I cannot wait to find out. The journey of a thousand miles starts here.