Just before the pre-season transfer window closed, I realised I needed a new left-back. Kenedy has been my left-back for four or five seasons and was a ‘My Favourite Players’ a season or two ago. But his decline has set in – OPR down to 79 – and some new blood is needed.
I found Passlack via Scouting, always the best way to waste the least amount of time, as they’ll always discuss terms.
So far so good, and he has already displaced Kenedy for first choice.
I also like Passlack’s name, which is very footbally.
It gives me the idea for possibly the most tricky Custom XI ever: footballers with names whose first part is something that they would do in football (such as Pass), and the second is a modifier of that action (lack). So this XI would need players with names like Shootmore and Tacklemuch and Savewell, etc. Are there enough such players to make a Whimsical XI?
Season 7 on Top Player has started encouragingly, in such a way that I already know it’s going to be a successful one in terms of final position. The table after 10 matches:
I’d be up there in the top 4, but I suffered a couple of careless draws and took a surprise mauling at the hands of Sunderland (who’ve got Regen ‘Ibra’, as I call him, what with him being my mate and all).
I’ve started winning on Top Player a lot more than I lose. Some of those wins are comfortable ones, but not all of them. There is still more than enough of a challenge in Top Player to continue.
How is nuPES-watch going? This is where I monitor, through gritted teeth, how the multiplayer-oriented game that PES most certainly is now, behaves itself (or doesn’t) in single-player. Every PES fan worth his salt knows that single-player is all that truly matters when it comes to this series. No single-player excellence = not a true PES game. QED. It’s the only formula in the Universe that counts.
It’s not proceeding badly. I’m liking it more than I’m not.
But all the gruesome multiplayer flourishes are still there in bucketloads.
The incessant ice hockey-style flow.
Precious little individuality – any player who shows a spark of individuality, becomes ineffective for several matches afterwards.
Effectively zero fouls – my per-match foul average must be around 0.1 now. Not an exaggeration.
No penalties, ever, no matter how obviously I’m barged and clattered off the ball in the box. It beggars belief that there are still those who believe no-fouls and no-penalties is a Fox Engine thing. It’s not. It’s a programming-and-marketing decision thing.
So while I’m playing PES2018 with enjoyment, in the nuPES Zone of Judgement I remain as unforgiving and ragingly fundamentalist as ever.
I am gleefully not going to bother with PES2019. Seriously, dropping support for the nuPES bastardisation of the franchise, will be one of my great pleasures of 2018. I feel all worthy already. There’s a nice little glow of anticipatory satisfaction.
And PES2018 isn’t that far from the end of its time. At the moment, I really am thinking just this season and one more, and that’s all folks. I’ve got a week off work coming up and should motor through a good chunk of it then.
8 seasons. Maybe one more season after that if things are interesting at the close of Season 8, but I don’t see PES2018’s ML making it to double figures. It might make it to February, though, which is a decent performance to be fair.