The puntastic Tim Krul was my big signing at the start of the January window of Season 1.
I’ve abandoned all thought of using House Rules in this ML for now. I am playing it ‘straight’ in transfers in and transfers out, and will see how far this gets me. I did get rid of Giorza, but mainly because I feel he’s too much a known quantity for me already. The £5m his sale brought in won’t hurt either.
The sturdiness of the AI in PES2018 is a pleasant surprise. I am still regularly having my ‘ass’ handed to me on a plate in sudden whirlwinds of devastating attacking play and/or my dopey defending.
My leaky defence needs rebuilding. I searched for Free Agents among the GK fraternity, saw Tim Krul, put in a cheeky enquiry for him, and just about got him by offering Appearance and Win fees (a good addition to the contract negotiations) on top of a reduced wage. My final offer had only a 74% chance of success, but it was accepted. I’ve had higher-rated offers for other players in the 83% range rejected. I really like this ‘do ya feel lucky?’ aspect of transfers this year. I enjoy playing with the various toggles and sliders. History tells us to enjoy such things while we can, because they tend to be mysteriously removed one or two editions later.
Krul started great, performing heroics in a 0-0 draw – the first goalless match I can remember in this ML.
If one of the metrics of a great football game is the sturdiness of its fouling model, another might well be the frequency of its nil-nils.
I’m not judging, for now.
Krul’s impressive turn between the posts was the main story for me. It’s started being said that PES2018 keepers are individuals once again. When was the last time a keeper made the difference in PES? Possibly as far ago as the middle PS3 years – the PES2011-PES2012 zone. Or earlier.
I’m looking for triumphs in PES2018. I’m looking for reasons to ignore the appalling removal of fouls. At the time of writing I have just completed a session of 4 matches in which there was not a single AI-committed foul. Not even one. Needless to say, this was the worst single session of PES2018 so far.
Never in my most fevered nightmare did I ever think Konami would do what they seem to have done with PES2018. They have quite blatantly removed fouls from this football game.
My fingers have worked out PES2018 well enough that I am no longer getting even a pathetic 1 or 2 fouls per match. At least 1 or 2 was something. Now? Fouls are gone. They are GONE.
A football game without fouls is free of consequences. There are effectively no rules. Anything goes. Everything must flow. This is a new low benchmark even for new-style, online-oriented PES. I fear the worst for the rest of the year.
But I am enjoying the here and now. Whatever the future brings, right now is good.
Why is PES so good? Here’s a winning goal near the end of a match that helps to illustrate why.
The goal itself isn’t that special, although it is good. The special moment of PESness, for me, came when the ball dropped to Rice just outside the box, and in that moment I knew I was going to have a shot. I didn’t know it was going to be a goal. For all I knew it would scream hopelessly wide, or just be blocked. No – the greatness was the anticipation of the shot.
The goal won me the match, and a precious – and rare – three points.
I remain rooted to the bottom of the table. But I’m on Classic mode now, so I’ll be receiving no marching orders (in the UK English sense of that phrase).