Almost to mid-season now in Season 14 of PES2019: Master League Reloaded. FIFAFX’s Paul has been kind enough to create another Home kit (he takes requests). The amazing Xavi is sporting it above. More on that little marvel later.
I’ve remarked a few times now that I think there might be 20+ seasons in this Master League. I’ve seen and felt nothing to change my mind over the course of this season so far. Everything I have ever wanted from a Master League, and from a football game, is right here for me.
I don’t know what was I thinking a few weeks ago, trying to walk away from the most Master League-y Master League since PES2012! I think it was down to a couple of dodgy sessions – the sort of turgid, plodding sessions that sees many of us start to tinker with settings, or hanker after new pastures. I hankered at the time, but I kept playing, and emerged into the sunlight once again. The ups and downs of a PES player, or rather a Master League player (the two being not quite the same), are often epic.
I had a decent December here in space year 2033:Xavi is really emerging as a star and a surprisingly sturdy player as well. He can last an entire match, unlike my other youngsters. And what an individual too. I was worried about him being just another anonymous nuPES identikit player of the sort that has dismayed us all for several years now. But no. He has a distinct presence on the pitch and on the ball. There is that unmistakable tang of PES about him.
Whether this is all in my imagination or not… doesn’t matter. There’s a strong argument that Master League has only ever been in the imagination – or mostly in the imagination. It’s not something that can ever be objectively proven one way or the other, so we’re left with our own subjective realities. I often draw comparisons to TV and movies. We have no difficulty accepting the reality of films that we know for certain are clever illusions made by skilled actors and directors and writers.
Whatever is or isn’t in the PES code, and whatever I’m supplying from my side – whatever that ratio is – is not relevant when it comes to the emergent experience, and it’s one that’s going to keep me playing for a time to come.
Another brief ‘moments’ clip from Season 14.
The first goal is a nice free kick from the AI, which rarely manages to score them against me, but this one was a deft placement into the ‘wrong’ side of the net from my GK’s point of view. A couple of other goals are just me being composed in the build-up rather than seeking to leather it from 35 yards. And finally we see Xavi winning a tough match versus Manchester United.
There is also something amusing involving Jamie Vardy…