What strange days these summertime days are to a football gamer. They always are strange, every year, but this year they seem extra-strange.
In my case this summer feels extra-strange because I gave a month to FIFA. Regular perusers of this blog will know that a month for FIFA is about 3.5 weeks more than FIFA usually gets from me. So perhaps it’s no wonder this year feels somewhat different.
I’m not officially done with FIFA19 yet. I’m enjoying myself at the moment doing what I feel like. And what I feel like right now is some PES2019 on the PC, modded to the gills.
One of the aspects of modern football gaming that appals any right-thinking single-player is the conspicuous lack of AI fouls. PES has few fouls, sometimes none at all. FIFA has even fewer fouls, often none at all. It’s a scandal. Both EA and Konami cater for online players first, and online players are typically 9 years old, whatever their age. They don’t like it when their frenzied button-mashing is interrupted for any reason. Ergo, no fouls.
So I was most interested to try a version of PES2019(PC) specifically modded to ‘allow’ fouls.
Take a look at this post-match screenshot. I was Bournemouth. The AI was Liverpool.
I have rarely, if ever, played a PES2019 match on the PS4 that had 6 AI fouls in it. The above is from a modded PES2019(PC). I started a Master League, as Bournemouth, using the Bournemouth squad. I went looking for my favourite Default players – and picked up Rice, Castledine and Jarvis. They all turned up on the Free Agent list.
I played 5 matches. Top Player.
It’s early days, of course, but these 5 matches in this 1 session was one of the best single football gaming sessions of my football gaming life. A slow, methodical, at times clumsy and stop-start game – everything that Konami and EA are too scared to implement in the modern era. Glorious.
Broadcast Camera Zoom disable. Critical to prevent the cut-to-closeup thing that has spoiled Broadcast Camera forever in PES. It seems that ‘eSport Soccergame 2020’ or whatever the fuck it’s called will have a Broadcast camera that doesn’t need modding.
Speed adjuster. I know… what does this mod do that the in-game speed adjustments, from -2 to +2 – don’t? To try it out I left the basic speed on 0 and lowered this mod’s settings to a few notches below default, to see what it felt like. The result? Pretty nice actually. You can see the outcome below.
Gameplay mod, via the dt_64.exe file in the installation folder. I hunted through the many available on EvoWeb for an .exe that was specifically billed as boosting the amount of fouls.
For some reason adding the latter mod above negated some of my graphical mods – specifically, the Sky Sports overlay, the Premier League logo ‘swoosh’ for replays, and things of that nature. I am still tinkering.
Here are a couple of minutes from the Bournemouth game. You can see the notable aggression from the AI almost from the start. There are 3 of the 6 AI fouls in this little selection. And I play terribly. It feels like a long time before the Liverpool goalkeeper even appears on-screen:
(Change quality to 1080p if you have the bandwidth.)
Watch to the end to see my one meaningful attacking move of this sequence, in which L COOK picks up an actual substantive injury that forced him off the field and put him out of action for 5 weeks.
Yes, Jermain Defoe is still at Bournemouth here. I haven’t updated the squads. The danger of playing with PC stuff at this time of the footy game year is that most of the links are old and some are expired.
On to my one solitary goal. In the next match, vs Arsenal, I was already 0-2 down at the end of another tough, fouls-filled match. I hadn’t scored a single goal. I brought the young Rice on to play at CMF, and in the last seconds…
27 yards or so. The one moment in the match when the AI defence wasn’t closing me down sufficiently. It was a great feeling when it went in, needless to say. My one and only goal in 5 matches of a mesmerising, maddening, modded PES2019 on PC. The post-match average fouls count was 4 or so. Still not as high as I would like, but a lot better than the standard 0.75-ish.
A special ‘treat’ today. I’ve recently upgraded my Internet speeds and am now able to upload longer and higher-quality files to YouTube.
I don’t think I’ve ever posted a full match on the blog before, or if I have, the visuals have been low quality.
Even for today’s fibre-assisted maiden effort I reduced the quality to 720p to enable a quick upload. The original file was 8GB and I got scared. Here it is, at 720p, complete with all my dicking around in menus and so on – the full Bournemouth vs Liverpool match, me as Bournemouth, modded gameplay and camera, modded speed, Master League…