myClub’s turn on the summertime stage. Remember when summer holiday TV was given over to cheerful variety shows? Tommy Boyd introducing Kajagoogoo on Skegness beach?
I was excited about myClub. Regular readers will recall last summer’s astonishing dalliance with myClub in PES2018. I perversely enjoyed that foray into the mode that has single-handedly destroyed my beloved single-player game.
How will 2019 go?
I amused myself spending an accumulated 200,000 GP and some 400 Coins. They soon go. I acquired Aguero. Zico (the Zico). Ozil. And plenty of others, including an old friend from Master League.
But the essence of football gaming – and PES – is competing with lesser players.
I assembled the squad above, which included a couple of Gold players (I’ll go all Bronze/Silver from now on). I played a few matches against the COM, and then headed online for a few matches.
Here is match 1. I think this opponent was decent in every sense and it was a good match.
The TL;DW version: I dominated the match, having more possession and more attempts on goal. I played ‘better’. But as so often happens in the online sphere, my opponent finished with more goals. It was a horrible mistake from me for his goal (10:45). I tried to play my way out of a tight spot. I should know better after suffering a million similar situations against The AI That We Need.
The final stats tell the full tale of my woe.
I then played another match, and this opponent was a bit more of a dick. Not excessively so, just a little bit – see the shenanigans he gets up to in the opening (and closing) minutes:
A question for the experienced online players on here. At 12:20 he kicks the ball against my striker, gifting me a late goal and giving me a chance of getting something from the match. From his resulting kickoff, the game immediately starts to lag. Is he the one doing that?
For us to go from a butter-smooth connection to a treacle-sticky one, instantly after I pull a goal back, seems suspicious.
Is that what deliberate lag-switching looks like? If so, why is he doing it in this circumstance? What is he afraid will happen? Is he just being a dick for no reason, or is he afraid of momentum, or what?
I just about deserved to lose this match anyway so I was not too miffed. Just curious.What’s my feeling after these few sessions on myClub? My feeling is that I want more! I want to continue to grow my club and the individual squads within it. I’ll take my star-studded squad online next.
But it’s the basic squad that interests me the most. Having a new story to tell with Castledine and Jarvis and co., tickles me in intimate ways.
It’ll get me through the next few weeks leading to the eDisgrace2020 demo, and who knows, perhaps through the month of August too.