Here we go, here we go, here we go. The real game starts here.
Coventry City. Master League. Defaults.
My general Master League settings:Professional was absurdly lightweight and lasted for 1 game before I went up to Top Player.
They’ve re-zoned the difficulties this year. Instead of progression being Professional/Top Player/Superstar, it’s going to be Top Player/Superstar/Legend.
This will be home until the club realistically gets big enough to move to another stadium:My starting Formation and First XI has a wonderfully familiar look. It’s funny, when this lot of Defaults made their debut in PES2016 – I didn’t like them. Then I grew to quite like them… Now I love them. As beloved as Dodo & co.? Not quite, but not too far off.Not all Defaults are created equal of course. For every Castledine and Rice there’s a Driessen and a Hervey – and even they probably have their fans.
Personally I’m not sure about Goios, and I’ve never seen the point of Pallister, but I’m giving them a go.
If you go through the Defaults one by one and look at their stats and skills, the ones who stand out tend to be the ones you already love – but there are others who need a chance to shine. I am interested in the likes of Redmond and Karlsen and plan to keep them around for a few seasons at least.
I forgot to mention, I picked this manager avatar:My 3 kits, as supplied by regular commenter Paul, whose PESFX site is a repository for many bespoke kits.
Above from left to right: my traditional brown 3rd kit (an unofficial homage to the infamous 1979-80 CCFC brown kit; forget Lady Godiva and The Specials, the ‘excrement kit’ is one of the few things that non-Coventrians know about Coventry).
The other two kits are the current official CCFC kits, Away and Home respectively.
The game has picked Arcas to model the kits on the pre-match screen of every match so far – including a match where he wasn’t even on the bench. Weird.And so to business. The presentation of information in Career Mode is pretty much replicated in PES2020.In a hypothetical court case between EA and Konami, who would sue whom and for what? Did ISS invent the through-ball? Did PES invent the career mode-style mode as we have come to know it? Was Career Mode a rip-off of Master League, and if it was, does that let Master League off the hook for ripping off Career Mode nowadays? What a court case it’d be!
Something else that PES is mimicking from FIFA: no AI fouls. All the fancy shielding and dribbling mechanics are irrelevant when the opponent can just barge into you without consequence.
We all knew it was going to happen, and it has happened.
I’m aware that some people are getting AI fouls, enough to satisfy them. That doesn’t alleviate my suffering when the AI fouls count per match in my maiden Master League session was like this: 0, 0, 1, 1, 0. Which puts PES2020 alongside the worst for fouls that I have ever known in PES.
There are signs that this might pick up as my familiarity with the game picks up. I’m not in total despair just yet. But I am watching the PC scene keenly and waiting for news of a ‘fouls mod’. Most of the time those mods are just moonshine of course, but you never know.
Overall, PES2020 plays a great game. I love the ‘miss-kicks’, whether or not that’s a miss-spelling. Individuality is good. Shooting is fantastic – so many times I pull the trigger with my player poorly positioned, in a way that would have produced a shot on target (or a goal) in previous years. In PES2020, I very often see such shots going out for a throw-in. On BASIC shooting…
Here is a little 1m 50s digest of my opening few matches, with a few goals scored – none of them special. But Jarvis gets off the mark, and my three kits are all showcased.
Master League is the gift that keeps on giving. Nothing can stop it.