36 matches played of Season 1 and this is the state of play. I’ve actually picked up a few good results since my last posted league table.
I’m at the stage now with my ‘Defaults-plus-a-few-Decents’ where I can usually give the AI a good game on Top Player.
But the overall trend is one of defeat. Sometimes, abject defeat. I can receive proper thrashings, as that Goals-Against column indicates.I was pleased and surprised to see a couple of my players make it into the March Team of the Month.
Both places were merited. Jarvis scored a couple of goals, and has started playing well for the first time this ML.
Vasilj netted himself a lovely angled free kick (replay at bottom). Bit of a dodgy keeper moment, but I’ll take it.
I’ve added a new 3rd kit to the club, courtesy once more of PESFX impresario Paul.
This swish black kit is a necessary addition, as my first two kits often clashed with all the opposition’s options. My first two kits are Sky Blue and white. It’s amazing how many Championship teams play in some variety of blue and white – and how many of them seem to have a similar 2nd kit (and no 3rd).
I’ve eased into that first-season mode now where I am comfortable in most matches, until momentum shifts via some incident and suddenly the AI is all over me. ‘Momentum’ being nuPES-speak for ‘scripting’.
This all sounds grouchier than I actually feel.
I’m toddling along quite happily in my own PES-playing bubble, trying my best to party like it’s 2003. Giving PES2019 a score right now, I would give it a solid 8/10. Maybe an 8.5/10. I remain very concerned about long-range shooting.
Also, that thing the AI does where it turns away from goal, is one of the worst AI behaviours imaginable in a sports video game. How the hell did it get through QA? Needs patching, pronto.
But I’m having a great time assembling my team, getting to know who is worth keeping and who will be stepping through the next available Exit door.
I’ve decided to observe an informal House Rule this year: no identikit, clone-style, nuPES players.
New signings must feel like true PES individuals within half a season, or they’re out.
Today’s couple of goals: first that free kick from Vasilj, and second a goal scored by Necid from a low cross put in by me. Hoisting the AI with its own petard.
Necid seems to have come good, after a worryingly anonymous start. He might have a chance of making it through the individuality filter. Currently he has his nose just above the waterline. I’ll drown him without a qualm if he lapses back into anonymity.