Something very peculiar happened in one of my recent matches in PES2019. Something that completely confused me for several seconds, until I had a chance to go back and look at the replay.
No, it’s not the freak screenshot above. It’s something that happened in general gameplay.
I present the brief sequence of play below for inspection.
Yes. In this final week of November, in the year of our Lord PES2019, verily, it came to pass that I was awarded a penalty.
Albeit a PES2014-style penalty, where a defender slid in recklessly and took out Lincoln, who wasn’t even on the ball. Which is still a penalty, although you’d almost never see such a penalty given in ‘real’ football, with its fluid rulebook. Any ref who gave this in a real match would be surrounded by complaining players for several minutes and engulfed in a ‘storm of controversy’. And so they’re not given.
Thankfully, PES reffing is occasionally better than real life, and this perverse virtual ref pointed straight to the spot.
A penalty – a direct free kick with no defensive wall, taken from a designated central spot 12 yards from the goal-line!
These things have been rare in PES in recent years, to say the least.
Time was when you could bank on getting a reasonable amount of penalties per season. To get a penalty near the end of a tight match was a thrilling moment, with real stakes involved as to whether you would score it or miss it.
Countless times in ‘the old days’ I would be a goal down or drawing in a game that I needed a result of some kind from, and nothing was happening for me in front of goal. Ah, but then I would get a penalty, and have to lick my lips and steady myself to take the kick… Leading to elation or despair.
That aspect of football is gone from nuPES. Not since PES2014 have we seen regular penalties in the series. Okay, I do still get approximately one (1) a year, but that is across several hundred matches.
Whatever the reason for it (‘a necessary requirement so that online shitfest matches don’t feature 10 penalties per side’ is of course the reason), it’s almost more disappointing to get 1 (ONE) penalty per year than none at all.
The current league table:I would love it (just love it) if I could get into that 2nd spot (or even sneak up into 1st) and get promoted automatically. As things stand, the playoffs seem more likely.
The prospect of competing in the playoffs makes me nervous. I have now lost 11 matches, which clearly indicates just how possible it is for me to lose any match. There would be 3 matches in a playoff series, against top opposition. I wouldn’t back myself to do it.If – if – I do collapse at any point and end up having another season in the Championship, I wouldn’t be too bothered, to be absolutely honest. If anything it would enhance the experience even more. Playing these multiple seasons of PES2019 down here have been some of the most enjoyable footy gaming I’ve ever known. Easily the best since PES2015’s highest high points, and probably the best overall since PES2012.
My team and players are a tight nucleus of individuals that I am somehow hanging onto, season after season, despite the most stringent finances since PES2010 and 11’s long-vanished and still-missed MLs.
Another busy work-and-life crunch means I will not now resume until next week, and I can’t wait. It’s great to have that feeling back again. Even if there are no bloody penalties.