If PES2019 is going to be a thing in my football gaming life, it needs to feature the above.
The above screenshot is the post-match EXP-adding screen in myClub.
myClub in PES2018 added player levelling as a core mechanic. Just as in Master League, players playing matches, and doing things of note in those matches, levels up those players.
You can slingshot chosen individuals, to a certain extent, by applying extra EXP in the form of Trainers and Special Trainers. I’ve done that with Castledine to get him into the low 70s OPR and notably improve his passing.
How much the stereotypical online player – the drooling, sprint-pressuring, Ronaldo-Messi-Neymar-loving player – knows or cares about this aspect of the mode is debatable.
I care very much about it. I would not still pick Castledine, and I would not be playing with a squad of no-hopers, if it were not for that romantic dream of seeing if they could be world-beaters one day.
So I trust the levelling-up mechanic will still be in the all-new myClub of PES2019. If so, I will buy, and play the game – and probably take a peek at ML too, no doubt. If not, then my former solid cast-iron Vow not to touch PES2019 at all, will come back into force. Simples.
The Konami experience of recent years has shown us that they’re more than capable of ripping out elements of game modes for obscure purposes of their own. Why would they remove Levelling Up from myClub, you might ask? I can think of a reason: they don’t want players like me ‘wasting time’ developing low-rated players when we could be spending real $$$s on top-rated players in the new ‘packs’ they’re introducing.
We shall see. I think, rationally, that it should be okay. Surely they wouldn’t be so petty. But bitter experience with Konami cautions me to keep my mouse finger away from the PES2019 pre-order page. Anyone remember Master League in PES2010 and PES2011? Who would have thought that majestic mode would ever have been sabotaged so cynically and ruthlessly? But it was.
Playing with my C-squad of Irregulars over the past few weeks has been a joy. They’re a 1-star team, even with the silky presence of my levelled-up Castledine and the likes of Kramaric too. I only wish I’d started with them from day 1 back in September. Where and what would they be now? I have wild dreams of them being able to stand toe-to-toe with one of the uber-teams in this mode. Imagine that 9-month story coming to fruition right about now.
This morning I fired up the console for a single-player match with my Irregulars. I’ve been stuck for two weeks on ‘Professional Stronger’. This is a difficulty-within-a-difficulty level that is peculiar to myClub’s single-player mode. All I need are two back-to-back wins on this level, home and away, to ascend to ‘Top Player Weaker’ – and so on up to Superstar and beyond.
But can I get a win on Professional Stronger with my Irregulars? Nope. I keep coming up against user teams (AI-controlled) packed with stars who dominate me and quench all goal-scoring efforts. I still average 1.5 goals per match, but can’t seem to shut them out at the back.This match was so nearly a 2-1 win for me, with some good chances missed at the end.
I will get there one day. This is a new, lighter way to play PES for me, which fits perfectly with my routine as it currently is. Work and general life are busy.
What of Master League? It might soon be time for me to take a curious peek at my old save in PES2018 – not opened since, when was it? April? Round about then.