I have made a swashbuckling run to the end of Season 4 – and played in nothing else than the FA Cup Final!
Versus one of the top teams of PES2020 so far – Liverpool!
I moved back up to Superstar after last Thursday’s patch. The Cup Final should have been carnage. A week ago, I played Liverpool in the league, on Superstar, and it was carnage.
The patch last Thursday has changed Superstar in certain ways, not all of them good.
Here is the complete, full FA Cup Final, start to finish, for those who are interested. I know very few will watch this, but here it is for those who will.
I will give the result away below ‘the jump’ (remember a few years ago when it seemed everybody on every website was saying ‘after the jump’ and ‘hit the jump’? Why did they stop saying it? Let me know ‘after the jump’…)
It was an easy 3-0 win for me in the FA Cup Final. Albeit after extra time – but when you look at the chances I had in regular time, and the general pattern of play, you will see that today’s post title really is the case now. Yes, Superstar was monstrously unfair, but I was looking forward to mastering it. Now, I supposed Legend will have to do.
Invisible trophy time.If you only want to watch the three extra time goals, here they are cued up from the first goal onward – scored by that little magician, Jarvis, coming into his own again now that Superstar has been nerfed:
I was never under any pressure at any stage of this match. The last time I played against Liverpool was pre-patch. It was on Superstar and I got hammered 4-0 in a match where I was never comfortable, where I did well to make a couple of scrappy half-chances. What a difference a week or so – and a patch – makes.
At least Donald Pleasence will have a good Halloween for once.I might have adapted to Superstar, or the Patch might after all have ‘done something’, or we might have met in the middle. Who knows.
I am having a great time with the PC version of PES2020. This is my first year spent tinkering on the PC version from the start of the PES year. It is a football gamer’s sandbox of delight. Every day can bring something new if you want it. Corner flags not flappy enough for you? I bet there’s a mod for that. Aching to play a season with Ewood Park as your home stadium? It looks great. You can roll up your sleeves, grab the relevant tools, and brew your own mods if you like. I fancy making an OG Highfield Road at some point…
Yesterday I played the best PC gameplay mod yet, one that genuinely restores the error-and-fatigue-laden demo gameplay (sans fouls, of course; they still seem to be under Fort Knox-style lock and key). At some point today I will be testing a mod that purports to remove the AI’s lightning reflexes that stop you dribbling past it. Will it work as advertised? If so, will it break the game? Who knows! Such is the joy of the PC side of the fence.
But the PS4 is still my main scene of action. It’s not impossible that you might be seeing a whole new PC-based world on this blog before long… I’ve got a nice test ML going with the OG Defaults, with its own little collection of stories. Shimizu is as annoying as ever. Dodo is a majestic DMF. Ordaz is a wonderful Mark Hateley-esque header of the ball (I’ll post an example in comments later).
But the PS4 is where I’ve played 4 seasons. I am as invested in the individuals and in my team as much as I ever have been.
For example, I shouted out loud at this Lobato curler scored against Chelsea, away, to earn a 2-2 draw:
The final league table:Yes, that is a shocking goals-scored record. Maybe my worst season-long goal-scoring performance ever. But to finish 9th in my maiden Premier League season, with 80% of the matches on Superstar…
The Team of the Season only featured my GK:So where is PES2020(PS4) at right now? My feeling is that the October Patch has toned down the Superstar AI a bit too much, and that this was a mistake. If I could flip a switch and put the AI back to how it was this time last week, I would.
Season 5 – and the Europa League – is up next. Legend, here I come? I’ll start out on Superstar and see how it goes.