Not much football gaming has gone on in the past few days. Only time for a scattered few matches, here and there – all of them in myClub.
In a sign of which way the wind might be blowing, though, they have all been offline against the AI. I am still licking my wounds from that truly shocking season in Online Divisions 11.
I have been having an absolute blast taking my 1-star squad of Irregulars through some vs COM matches in myClub.
Team Spirit has crawled up to 87. It’s arguably the most critical factor in making a team perform well on a nuPES pitch, for better and worse. I could apply a few in-game items and slingshot Team Spirit straight up to the high 90s, but I want to grow this team ‘organically’. It’s the time of year for PES buzzwords, and there’s a classic one for you.
myClub offers a surprising way to play the mode offline and really enjoy it. Look at the highlighted square on the top left of the UI:
You can take your team on a pseudo-ML-like adventure in which you ascend a ladder of achievement ‘up’ the difficulties. There are subdivisions within the difficulties. Here I have taken my team (using any squad within myClub; I always use the Irregulars) up to ‘Medium’ within Professional.
It’s damn hard to get past this point, for me, with my 1-star Irregulars. Four draws in a row, some of them with heartbreaking last-gasp goals from the AI, have kept me stationary where I am.
Next up was a Napoli team that looked like this:
When you play an AI team in myClub, you really play against another myClub user’s team as it currently stands, albeit controlled by the AI. As you can see, that’s a very decent Napoli I am up against.
How would my PES Chronicles FC (I’m sticking with the lower-case styling) fare against them?
I went 0-2 down very early on, and it was still 0-2 in the second half. It was looking like I would drop down to ‘Weak’ within Professional. This is a very surprising, and very addicitve little single-player feature within myClub. I accept I should probably get on and ‘git gud’ at playing the button-mashers online, but this feels more like my kind of thing for now.
I scrambled a goal back with not long left. 1-2. Could I do it?
Yesssss. That’s a CB slotting in at the end of that very nice move for my third goal.
And now I was up the next rung of the ladder. Up to ‘Strong’ within Professional. Win home and away on this level and I will go up to ‘Weak’ Top Player – and so on.
I like it.
My conclusion from the past few weeks isn’t that I am some kind of class traitor for taking a wander into the wild world of online.
No – instead, the last few weeks in my footy gaming life is clear evidence of something that has been staring me in the face for the past 15 years:
I only really have 1 Master League campaign in me per year.
Once I’ve used up the ML juice, the ML juice is gone. I think I was doing well to play 2.5 seasons on PES2011 on the PS3.
I will get back to the meat and potatoes of myClub – actually playing the annoying feckers online – eventually.
For now, I’m really enjoying this quasi-Master League feeling of seeing how far I can take my Irregulars offline.
I have not forgotten my other myClub squads, of which there are two: an A Team and a B Team.
The other night, spotting that I had plenty of GP in the bank, I took a few ball spins using the Special Agents. and for the first time I hit the 2% chance and won a Black Ball player.
This player went straight into my A Team:
Soon, Gareth. Soon.