On show above-right is my new 2nd strip, again courtesy of regular commenter Paul (of PESFX fame). This 2nd strip is evocative of Coventry City’s famous/notorious ‘excrement’ brown strip of the 1970s, but red-shifted just enough to give it that 21st century gloss.
Late last week I changed the Difficulty setting of my Master League to Superstar and, for better or worse, I have left it so.
I made the change with the idea that Superstar was just a trial (in every sense), and I would switch back to Top Player after a few matches.
But I’ve stuck with it. I feel that I had to, really. I was starting to win around half of my Top Player matches very easily. Half of the other half were moderately difficult, but still easier than I liked. Which left about a quarter of matches that were still tough, but even they were not that tough.
So Superstar it had to be, and I was wary. The toughness of the AI (That We Need) is 90% a positive experience. The 10% unpositive side usually arises when I’m behind and chasing the game, and the AI starts indulging in uber-Barcelona-style flicks and passing triangles and backheels. Which would be acceptable from Barcelona, but is incredibly aggravating from Hull.
So Superstar revolves around coping with that. It needs the willing suspension of disbelief, and patience.
So far, I’m coping, and I’m getting tough matches again.
And goals like this feel extra-sweet:
A nice mid-range, first-time strike from my under-mentioned AMF, P Gurpegui, who seems to be a made-up Konami player. He’s quietly one of the best AMFs I have had in PES2018. Gurpegui bucks the nuPES trend that renders 99% of AMFs virtually indistinguishable from one another. If nuPES is partly a quest for the handful of non-clone players that still do exist in the game, Gurpegui is another one.
Peter Crouch teed up the shot for Gurpegui, but at the time of writing I have agreed a deal to sell Crouch in mid-season. I seem to try every year, but just cannot recapture Crouch’s PES2015 magic.
The League table after 10 matches:
The switch to Superstar came after 8 League matches, and I lost one, won one. It’ll be interesting to see how the switch affects what seemed to be a near-certain chance of major silverware this season.