Another great couple of PES2011 sessions, covering about 7 matches, making a total of about 14 matches played overall. If I was doing my all-new End of Year Review for PES2011 right now, I’d give the game an easy 9/10. Great Master League, deep football game mechanics: a true PES game.
So why am I looking enviously over the fence at FIFA?
PES2011 looks great, even on the PS3. Graphics are not a problem at all. The graininess is initially startling, no denying that. How fast we get used to a new generation of consoles! But PS3 graphics are still more than acceptable.
Loading times remain a pain, as do the lack of home comforts like easy screenshotting and video clip record/export. I feel guilty, but I constantly allow moments and events to pass by that I would have recorded on PS4.
I play football games, or indeed any game, in order to play the game, not do something else that requires a lot of surrounding fuss and bother. When playing I’m typically in a groove (a literal groove, on the bed), playing with the controller in my hand, a podcast or audiobook playing on my phone next to me. Picture the scene when something happens in PES2011 that I actually go ahead and capture. I have to put down the controller, sit up, pause the podcast/audiobook, open the camera app, and then take the necessary picture or video footage. If it’s the latter, I must awkwardly hold the controller with one hand whilst manipulating the left stick to get the desired replay speed.
I know. Talk about a First World Problem. The peoples of Syria and Sudan must be shaking their heads in wonder at how I’m coping with the horror. I should be followed around by a documentary team or something.
Back at my Master League, I am deep into the first half of Season 1. A long way from the January window.
My semi-cheating Advanced Start means I’ll have money to spend when I get there, and spend it I will.
Iaquinta and Schwarz up front are an eye-catching combo on paper, but in practice they are average. In 10 League matches they’ve scored one each. Shimizu behind them is being Shimizu – small and weak, but skilful with it. He did put away a tidy finish in the Cup from the edge of the box that fair rocketed into the top corner of the net. I almost bestirred myself to record it, but then thought, nah.
I’ve got Palmieri and Schmidt in defence, but remember that these are promoted Youths too. I tend to start matches well with them, only to get overrun late on when fatigue sets in across the board. PES2011 seems to be faithful to its stamina system.
No goals worth showing. I’ve scored one or two that would have made it if I had access to PS4-style recording-and-uploading facilities. This is just how things will be.
I’ve noticed the stirrings of spring recently (despite the persistence of near-Narnian cold). In football game terms, this usually prompts thoughts of the next couple of football games. PES2019, it would be usually. It feels peculiar to have given all that up, but I remain absolutely 100% steadfast on that front. I’ll only be interested in new PES games again when PES actually makes a return. Which won’t happen, for all the reasons discussed at length here over the past few years.