It is now October, the traditional release month for PES. What will this most spiritual month of PES bring for the many disaffected players and fans of this game? Not since PES2014 has there been such a dramatic reaction to a new PES.
I almost feel guilty that I don’t need a patch or DLC to make my experience of PES2019 good again.
I’m having the time of my life on PES2019.
I don’t know what it is. I don’t know how I’ve avoided the AI’s Low Cross Spam. Even the one AI brainfart I did see – AI strikers turning away from goal when clean through – doesn’t seem to happen anymore.
Maybe there’s a materialist explanation? Maybe PES goodness is like gold. Only so much PES goodness can exist on Earth at any one time, and I’ve got it all.
It’s amusing, and it’s not. At a seemingly universal time of PES revolt, I’ve landed some sort of exceptional prize goose. Don’t know how, don’t know why.
A golden session of 6 matches late last night has changed my Master League for good. 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 solitary defeat – all pushed me to the top half of the table for the first time this ML.
(Still on Top Player difficulty.)
Regular commenter Paul, who has just kicked off a FIFA19 Career Mode blog, kindly provided me with a couple of updated CCFC kits. The new away one (bottom right) is my 4th alternate.
I’ve replaced the 1st choice strip with his updated lighter-Sky-Blue-and-white-striped jobby.
Master League is a fantasy hinterland where anything goes.
Jarvis, as seen above, is a little magician. His Finishing stat of 89 makes him comfortably the deadliest finisher in my squad. One of my wins in my miracle session last night was a 2-0 win, both of them from Jarvis. A true fox in the box. Give him the chance and the ball will go in the back of the net.
I’ve had dalliances with Jarvis in previous editions, but never stuck with him past a certain point, and he’s been a squad player at best. I have a dream this time round, of building a long-term squad around Jarvis – and a few other players too, of which more later….
The only downside to my PES Shangri-La is the continuing lack of AI fouls.
In those 6 matches last night, the AI fouls count went like this: 0-0-0-0-1-1.
4 matches straight without a single AI foul. Then 1 each in the last two matches. Giving an overall session average of 0.33 fouls per match.
It’s never usually as low as that. My global PES2019 average so far would be around 1.3 AI fouls per match – still much, much lower than other players of PES2019 are experiencing.
After the demo, I do feel kind of cheated on the AI fouls front. That FIVE-MINUTE demo regularly yielded 3 or 4 AI fouls per match. My play-style in the demo was exactly the same as now.
The January transfer window came.
I sold Vasilj to free up some wages. I’m not very impressed with the Youths this year, and quite right too. It’s a relief not to see a long list of star name Regens in the Youths.
M Gomez is there, though, and rated 74OPR overall. But he wants a salary of £700,000. No way.
I picked up a few young defenders from Free Agents to cover for the departed Vasilj.
Then I spotted a few star names Regen. Samuel Eto’o is still there, this time as a fresh-faced Regen, but again his wages are silly: £1.7m. No way.
Then I spotted Robben. A poor likeness, yes, but it’s still him.
I had a look at his wages, saw that his wages were good, negotiated them even lower with a token goal bonus to sweeten the pot – and swooped.
Arjen Robben, 17 years old, 69OPR, is now in my squad.
Coming to the end of January, Season 2.
Mid-table, only 6 points off the play-offs.
Poor Defaults leaving, good Defaults developing, solid youngsters coming in.
PES2019: it’s all (somehow) happening.