I started playing PES2018 on 12th September 2017.
I stopped playing PES2018 on 8th March 2018.
That’s a few days short of 6 solid months of play, which is fantastic value for 30-odd quid.
Whatever else I have said and will say about PES2018, there is no faulting its value for money. And the same was true for all the ‘nuPES’ games, from PES2016 on.
I’ll get to my full overview of PES2018 in Tuesday’s post, which will be my full End Of Year Review of the game. (Thumbnail preview: good football game, not-good PES game.)
For now – Season 8 of PES2018 has ended.
I failed to overhaul the leaders, and missed out on the Premier League title by 3 points.If just one of my draws had been a win… if just one of my defeats had been a draw.
No matter. I was not too bothered. If there had been a Season 9 in this game I am sure I would have won the title at a canter. I am not leaving with a sense of unfinished business here.
My two big successes were in the two Cups. The FA Cup and the Champions League.
The pic at the top of the post gives away how the Champions League turned out. But the FA Cup first:The FA Cup first, and my final opponents were Leicester City. At this point I want to mention something weird that happened in the latter part of this final PES2018 season. Recently I have bemoaned the absence of true PES-style individuality from the game – and suddenly, my forgotten striker, Stepinski, emerged as one. As an individual. Seriously, he has made a late, late clam to be the individual of PES2018 for me.
Take a look at this mini-compilation of goals from Stepinski, from my run-in. The second goal is a bona fide long-ranger, only my second or third such in PES2018 as a whole. The final goal nicely showcases one of PES2018’s loveliest animations, the outside-of-the-boot lob:
Also in the above clip is a bonus shot of the closest I got – or will ever get – to scoring from my PES2018 corner routine. If that one had gone in…
So Stepinski was The Man of the run-in, and won me the FA Cup as seen in the screenie above.
The overall top scorer for the Premier League, though, was my much-maligned Harry Kane. Despite never really standing out as an individual on the ball, he continued to rack up the goals.
And so to the Champions League final. The opponents: Manchester City.
I groaned when I saw it’d be them. I would have liked to have come up against a proper Continental heavyweight. It was to be my last-ever match on PES2018. This football game has been part of my life for 6 months. That’s half a year. We don’t get to live all that many years as human beings. Some marriages don’t last 6 months.Matches against Manchester City have been among my very worst nuPES matches, full stop. Fast and frenetic, relentlessly end-to-end, whenever I want to think about why nuPES is a shocking betrayal of sacred PES values, I tend to think of matches like this.
So it was again. The fouls count at the end of 90 minutes was, of course, 0-0. I do not remember a single thing about anything that happened in the match. But I was a 3-1 winner in goals.
The European Cup (as we must always call the trophy itself) is one of the few actual trophies that you get to see presented in PES2018. No, I don’t know why either. But there it is, looking good.
For some reason, though, you only get to see some of your team in the traditional group shot. In the picture below, it looks to me as if there should be a full complement of players around the Cup. But it seems we have to have either an Invisible Cup or Invisible Players. Strange.
And that was that.
The game loaded up its next in-game week, forlornly flashing up the usual squad messages and so forth – but that next week will never be played. Not unless I have the kind of change of heart experienced by St Paul on the road to Damascus. Don’t make me tell that story again.
Tuesday’s post will explore the main reasons why PES as a living, breathing, annually-renewed force, will no longer be part of my life. Spoiler: because PES was usurped several years ago, and the pretender can no longer be allowed to occupy the throne.