Wait, what? The week or two that just whooshed by was January? My next post will be in February? And then pretty soon the clocks will go forward and the PES2020 fanfare will start up?
At least this year there is no way that anybody should believe a single word of anything said by anyone – not by Konami, not by any preview tester – not by anyone – about PES2020.
I currently finish a typical session of PES2019 with an average of 0.5 AI-committed fouls per match. That’s 1 every 2 matches. When the PES2019 demo came out last August, I was getting more like 3-to-5 AI-committed fouls per 5-minute match (per FIVE-minute match!).
I’m very salty about the way the game has been changed.
So this is why nothing at all that is said about PES2020 this spring or summer can ever be believed. Even if summertime PES2020 looks and plays like PES5 and Far Cry had a baby, it will, by the time Christmas rolls around, be just another nuPES clone.
I’m really annoyed about it.
I’ve played some more matches in my PES2019 Master League. Away matches have been a pain lately. They all seem to start the same way. I’m not allowed to touch the ball until it’s been in the back of my net first.
This sounds like I’m a lot more pissed off with PES2019 than I am. It’s a good football game. It is. It’s still the best since PES2015 – and probably, yes, when all’s said and done, it’s the best since PES2013. It is.
The trouble is, 2 months ago it was a lot more than that. It was a very good PES game.
Now, it’s merely a good football game of the current era.
There is a world of difference between a good footy game and a good PES game. If you don’t know what that difference is, you’ve never really known PES.
The story of the season so far has been the exploits of Huddersfield Town. Far from emulating their real-life bottom-feeders, the version that exists in my ML has topped the table so far this season.
I met them in a real 6-pointer, and just about scraped a 1-0 victory, to become the first team to beat them this season. A few other great results gives me this table to look at and enjoy after 11 matches:It’s a peculiar table in more ways that one. Liverpool in the year 2027 are 4th from bottom with a 3-2-6 record.
One of those defeats was one of my best results for October. I hammered Liverpool 4-1 at Anfield in a match that Jarvis was playing in due to fatigue (it was a busy month), and he scored two lovely striker’s goals.
October was a month of great results, barring a cruel defeat at the hands of Rangers in the Europa League:A lot of information in that screenshot. Can you spot the most interesting?
For me it’s the performance of one R JARVIS, arguably the most stalwart of this year’s Defaults. (Rice probably is the MVP of this year’s bunch, but Jarvis comes close.)
Jarvis is 70OPR and average-statted across the board – except for Finishing. He doesn’t play much, but when he does, he always scores. ALWAYS. ‘Why not play him all the time, then?’ A good question, with a simple answer: because I don’t want to interfere with the magic. There is a spell at work with Jarvis’s goals. Every fool knows that when a genie appears from the bottle and grants you three wishes, you don’t wish for unlimited wishes. You use the three wishes that you do get, wisely.
And so Jarvis only plays – or comes on as sub – when the likes of Gomez and Forlan and Aduriz and Robben are unfit or exhausted. Jarvis features to some extent in roughly 1 match in 5 – and he always scores. ALWAYS.
The Team of the Month for October:It’s stories like the Jarvis story (and the Gomez story and the Rice story and the Castledine story and the Buonanotte story) that keeps Master League going now.
The quality of PES2019 gameplay has slipped to the 7-8/10 mark (9 on a good day), but Master League in general is still keeping its nose well above water.