One of the items left on my summertime football gaming to-do list: move clubs in my long–running Master League save.
I loaded up my 15-season Coventry City save, simmed season 16 until I got a good few managerial offers, and moved to the lowliest club I could.
I did this a couple of years ago, in PES2017, and ended up playing two very nice seasons with St Etienne in the French league. This was my most memorable goal of that summer, from the then lesser-known Ziyech.
There are no memorable goals so far in this year’s experiment with moving clubs. The players are terrible and it’s a battle to eke out any kind of performance. I do well to craft a chance, never mind score.This year, I’ve gone to another team in green. Cercle Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler League (as it’s called in my Option File).
Cercle Brugge’s players and finances are not much better than the Master League Defaults.
And what a glorious game of football it leads to! Football gaming with lesser players is arguably the only way to have that classic PES experience in the modern day.
PES2019 still feels like a solid and satisfying football game to me. If a vote were taken, it’s likely that PES2019 would be condemned. But I play the game I play, not the game others do. To anticipate my End of Year Review somewhat, PES2019 is the best all-round PES since PES2012, arguably longer than that. The AI gets a lot of stick, but it gives me a great game – which, yes, doubtless says more about me and the type of player and person I am, than the AI.
As Charleroi’s silky midfield played yet another deadly through-ball – through the middle – for their strikers to out-muscle my defence and run onto, I had cause to give thanks for my Golden Copy of this game.
I ended up playing five matches, which is four more than I intended to play. The heaviness of the players and the solidity of the ball… The sheer clumsiness of the low-rated Bruggers… Wonderful stuff. The few goals I did manage to score were all punch-the-air moments.
And – fouls aplenty. When I play with low-rated players, I tend to hold onto the ball for longer, trying to work something, anything, and that invites more contacts from the opposition, which leads to more potential for fouls.
Here they are. The few decent-looking players (nearly all the over-70s) were my acquisitions in the January window, most of them Frees.
All this is giving me crazy ideas for how I might deal with ePISS 2020 Sexyball, when it arrives. A single House Rule of no more than 2 players rated over 79OPR, ever, should give me a magnificent experience. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I tend to abhor House Rules, though. I’ll see how the land lies when we get there.
With the ePISS demo landing next week –Tuesday? – it’s likely to be another week or two before I mention my Cercle Brugge team again, but I think I’ll get at least a half-season out of them. Hopefully some goals to show off too.