13 matches in my PES2011 Bundesliga UEFA Super League Division 2 in the English League!
The current table:The 9th session was not as good as the 8th, but it was still epic.
The highlight was scoring a goal, just one single goal, against the top team, CSKA Moscow.
This goal might be the most ordinary goal I have ever uploaded to this site. It is not worth your click. It is not worth the 20-odd seconds that it takes to watch. It’s just a bog-standard PES goal, but for that very reason, it’s remarkable.
PES – true PES – creates the contexts in which ordinary goals feel extraordinary and meaningful.
I’ll describe it, and you can decide if it sounds like a goal you want to watch.
I’m 0-1 down to the league leaders, CSKA Moscow, midway through the second half.
Iaquinta gets the ball inside his own half and runs at the CSKA Moscow defence, which retreats in that curious PES2010-like fashion that I don’t remember noticing originally in PES2011 all those years ago.
Finally blocked off, I lay the ball off to Shimizu, and try to tee up a shooting opportunity with him. My Shimizu in PES2011 has a waspish shot on him, again, not something I recall from back in the day.
The shooting window won’t open, but what’s this I see behind me – is that… is that Ettori coming like an express train, surging through a gap from midfield??
One tidy through-ball layoff later, and Ettori is through on goal.
This is the first time I can remember having this kind of opportunity in the box for a long time in PES2011. (See the league table above. See my Goals Scored column.)
Ettori finishes, to make the score 1-1 at this juncture. There was no fairytale finish. I went on to lose this match 2-1. CSKA Moscow got their winner in the 94th minute with the last meaningful kick of the game.
A sickener, but I was pleased with my goal. Here it is:
The time is coming when goals like this will be replaced by the 35-yard Schwarz howitzers that I’m not too far away from scoring.
But these goals, the bread and butter goals, the constructed goals, are what PES does well.
How is PES2011 going in general after a few weeks now? Work-and-life currently mean that I only get to play a bit, relative to how I used to be able to play. So my football game has to be one I really do want to play, not one I feel I have to play. PES2011 is that game.
It’s not all wine and roses. The PS3 environment continues to annoy me in a number of ways. It’s not just the lack of screenshot and video recording – the lengthy loading times are truly tiresome. ‘Move to PC, then’ is the obvious solution here, but no. I won’t be moving over to PC, having started this ML. The surest way to never playing anything is to be constantly moving and restarting. I am slowly getting used to it, though.