Football game Puritans in general and PES Puritans in particular might want to look away now.
My PES2011 setup period is over – and here’s Puritan Strike 1: I have stuck with the Advanced Start.
I initially ran into it without realising. Advanced Start bug in PES2011’s Master League is where pre-Editing the team makes you start with more money and a higher team ranking than you ‘should’ do.
I’d played a couple of matches before realising. It’s too much work to unpick the stitching and start again.
It all means that I’ve been able to furnish myself with some good players from the outset. Iaquinta up front, Motta at DMF, and De Sanctis in goal.
The squad is still 90% Defaults, but would’ve been 99% Defaults without the Advanced Start.
Eh, whatever. I just want to get on with things. I’ll go the full-on Bible-thumping Puritan route at some point in the open-ended footy gaming future.
Puritan Strike 2: my Division 2 is called the UEFA Super League. I’ll still be promoted to the Premiership, as it then was, eventually, but Division 2 isn’t Division 2. And it’s stuffed with the oddest teams. I remember hand-picking them years ago when I spent a few days one summer fooling around with this game.
To add to the Puritan heebeejeebees: whenever the game shows me a replay, the logo that swooshes across the screen is for the Bundesliga.
And finally, Puritan Strike 3.
This is a vaguely long-range goal from Thiago Motta – who’s only with me because of Strike 1, remember – in which the defence backs off and backs off and backs off, instead of closing me down. That was a hallmark of the AI coding around that period of PES, I recall. PES2010 was particularly noted for it, but it was in PES2011 too, on lower difficulties at least. This was from my first two matches on Regular. I’ve changed up to Professional since, and space is very much at a premium
I love PES2011’s shooting. Adore it. Its variety of outcomes and the sheer subtlety of it all – based on the player, his stats, where he’s facing, and what’s happening near him – is as complex and interesting as anything we’ve had since, in any football game.
Arguably PES2011’s was the best shooting we’ve seen in PES since PES5. (Everything in PES5 was and is the all-time best-ever, of course. Everything before and since is jostling for second place.)
I’m mid-table at the moment, and into the second round of the FA Cup. Looks like I’m in this for the long-haul.
It’s not all wine and roses, as the next weeks and months will bear out. I really miss the PS4. I’m very tempted by the allure of FIFA.
But PES2011 was and is unfinished business. And most of the reason I’ve dumped nuPES is to get back to PES fundamentals. PES2011 certainly feels like that.