The final picture from PES2019. Let us analyse this. A referee seems to be reaching towards the viewer – as if to shield the action from view, or to close a door and usher the viewer away. ‘We’re closed, son.’
It’s from a few weeks ago. I found it in my 24GB PES2019 folder of replays and screenshots on the PS4. I glanced through it this morning prior to deletion.
PES2019 was a great game that served me well – and the first PES in a long while that I was still playing until the eve of the following year’s game.
Today is – probably – The Eve of PES2020. I received the dispatch notification from Simply Games at 9.30am, which indicates that they received stock yesterday and waited. Other retailers are also dispatching today. So Simply Games are dispatching on the same day as all of them – a day late by their usual standard. If next year sees another Tuesday release, I’ll go with the cheaper ShopTo.
What this all means is that my dreaded scenario will now come to pass. PES2020 will land on my doormat tomorrow (Royal Mail willing). I might get the thumbshot up on the blog. But I’ll just say it now: I won’t get to play until late evening (if at all). Ditto Sunday. Weekends are hectic working days for me.
Most people reading this who have pre-ordered PES2020 will be playing it all weekend while I’m not. So it goes.
I can be philosophical. I can say ‘at least it’ll be there for me to get into on Monday morning straightaway’ and ‘I’ll enjoy hearing all the impressions’, but that is not even remotely how my mind or heart operates.
I’ve passed the week amusing myself some more with the ‘forgotten settings’ of PES.
Mainly PA0 passing (a.k.a. Manual). I’m a bit of a veteran with this now. Barring the occasional howler, I’m competent enough to keep and recycle possession – and play killer passes – with competence. I’m still a novice, but I’m now a decent novice.
I’ve had a great week playing the PES2020 PC demo, and some more of PES2019.
And just yesterday I started in on two other Forgotten Settings.
Advanced Shooting, and Advanced Through-ball.
I took to Advanced Shooting more readily than Advanced Through-ball. It is… strange. Principally because you’re using an aiming system that’s relevant to the players’ points of view, not your side-on TV gantry view. But you weirdly get used to it. Old readers who remember the ZX Spectrum’s QWERT control scheme on the likes of Atic Atac will recall how soon your muscle memory adjusted to that weirdness. Advanced Shooting in PES is slightly similar.
Here is a vid of me messing about in Training.
Is there a future for me in PES with any or all of these settings?
There is, I think. The kind of gameplay they enable – deep, rewarding, surprising, challenging – isn’t something I can ignore, long-term. It feels like the destiny of PES, in a way, to be played like this. The ultimate sim settings.
But short-term, I’ll be starting PES2020 on my customary settings. Basic Shooting, Basic Through-ball, and PA1 Passing (a good deal looser and more PA0-like than recent years).
Watching the forums, there is hope and anxiety for PES2020. AI Concerns are the number 1 worry for single-player gamers. But don’t discount the tendency of Konami to make so-called minor tweaks that have huge implications, particularly when it comes to general speed.
Whatever happens over the weekend, I’ll doubtless do the traditional thumbshot at some point.
I’ll also try to squeeze in my traditional England-Scotland opener, even if it’s at midnight.
Happy PES Day to all.