I went all-out for Classic players in PES5(PC) when the middle of season 9 rolled around. In old-school Master League there were only 4 weeks in which to make bids. I had to bid high to be sure of success.
These 5 were my targets. Success with 3 of them in the very first week. I didn’t give up with Ian Rush and George Best. But it took until the very last week of negotiations, and two completely outrageous Neymar-like offers to land them both.
So I took to the field for my first match post-mid-season with something of a dream team.
This is why PES ‘is gud’. The wonderful absurdity of this team. Strangely, in FIFA and Football Manager I prize the realism on offer there. Many editions of FIFA ago it was possible to play Career Mode with a fantasy-style custom team, but it didn’t seem right to do so, so I didn’t. Likewise every edition of Football Manager offers the chance to play with any team made up of any players in any division – but that feels wrong too. Only in PES is the sight of a team like this at all tolerable.
I did of course record this full match – which wasn’t very inspiring, due to the newcomers having no team chemistry. Old-school PES had a Teamwork dynamic just as overt as nuPES’s one. It took several matches for any new signings to gel with each other and their new teammates, and this match against Spurs was a pretty frustrating one vis-à-vis trying to see how Hagi, Best, Dalglish and Rush all handled.
Here’s a very short highlights reel with 3 main parts:
- Just after kickoff, I pause the game to have a look at all the newcomers’ faces. I can see the ghosts of Hagi and of Best in Hagi and Best. I can see a very faint echo of Dalglish in Dalglish. But who on earth is Rush supposed to look like???
- A goal from Camacho. Standard one-timer, nothing special, but that’s the greatness of PES5. Creating and scoring standard goals can feel just as special as the 30-yard blockbusters. SPEAKING OF WHICH.
- An absolute belter of a goal from Mathieu. This kind of goal – rarer than I remember – is what kept me playing PES5 for 40+ seasons in 2004-2005, and shaped all my expectations for what constitutes a great football game from then on. A football game where goals like this are impossible – or so rare as to be tantamount to impossible – is always a lesser football game in my view. All thanks to PES5.
Here is the mid-season table:I’m going on a mini-fast when it comes to football games until PES2020 arrives. I’ll play the odd match in PES5, but nothing else. I want my appetite keen for PES2020.
So this season in PES5 won’t be finished for some time – probably around Christmas, and I doubt I’ll mention it on the blog. That is how I play PES5 now. I take it off the shelf once every week or two like a beloved old book, blow the dust from its mighty cover, and absorb its timeless wisdom. This, right here, is the King James Bible of football games.
I’m having a cheeky extra Friday off this week – so my next post will be next Tuesday, September 2nd. It will be the PES2019 End of Year post.
I will also be back to twice-weekly posts from next week.
Depending on how things shake down, Friday the 6th’s post possibly – possibly – might be at least a PES2020 thumbshot, and maybe even a 1st impressions post.
It boils down to two questions:
- When will the online retailers get their stock?
- When will they choose to dispatch?
The answers to the two questions – receipt/dispatch – should be one of these four:
- Thursday-or-Friday/Monday (the evil outcome)
It’ll be different for all the retailers. Amazon will be evil and won’t dispatch until the Monday (the day before official release), whatever day they get stock in, because that’s how they do it. Goody two-shoes.
ShopTo, based on past performance, will be Thursday/Friday.
Simply Games (my choice) will most likely dispatch the same day they get stock, i.e. they’ll be Thursday/Thursday – if stock arrives that day.
If Play.com are still around they’ll list PES2020 as In Stock from Tuesday of next week, in order to attract gullible pre-orderers, but any such will be fortunate to get the game before release day. (I’ve just looked and Play have relaunched themselves as something else. I doubt they’ll get any takers.)
It’s going to be a tense wait next week to see precisely which way it goes. For me personally, any outcome that results in a Friday or Saturday postal delivery is… not ideal, actually. I doubt I’d have much more than time for one or two Exhibition matches all weekend.
So the evil part of me is hoping for a Friday/Monday result across the board. Sorry.