Halfway through the second half of Season 2. I continue to bob around just outside the Playoff spots.I think the game will ‘let me’ get to the playoffs. It’s just being coy at the moment. I can have a consistent run of results, but the game always seems to contrive to chuck a curveball my way.
Every long-term player of PES who’s on a Master League winning run understands that sooner or later, you just won’t be allowed to win. As I’ve remarked before, if this wasn’t true, then it’d be quite common to have unbeaten seasons in Master League, or even seasons where the player wins every match – but the former is rare and the latter simply doesn’t happen.
I whizzed through the transfer window, simplifying my squad and picking up am eye-catching young Regen, the Brazilian AMF Diego.As a 16-year-old he already handles superbly. Here’s his page at the PES2020 database. Looks like he retired quite early in my Master League world. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a few seasons.
This lad is going to be a Master League megastar. Whilst finalising Diego’s contract I wanted to try something. It’s always a worry that other teams will poach your best players by triggering the release fee. I raised his release fee to the maximum possible. From £17m to £30m.
The very first press of the right-arrow button triggered the ‘you might have rubbed him the wrong way’ message. I’ve always been scared off by that message in Negotiations so far. But I wanted to test what would happen if I ignored it and raised the release fee to the Max. On my Hard Negotiations settings, it shouldn’t have been a happy outcome for me.
After a few days I received the notification that Diego was happy with everything, including the £30m release clause.
I’m now ready to call it. Hard Negotiations are broken. Or if they’re not broken, then the setting does not mean what a lifelong computer gamer reasonably expects it to mean. I expect Hard Negotiations to mean that Negotiations should be Hard. Not the easiest ever.
Here’s my full squad for the second half of Season 2. It’s trivially easy to get new players even with all the supposedly hardest settings.You can pretty much have an entire new team every transfer window if you want. No, this is not a great Master League so far. Remember when it was a major event to get just 1 slightly better player than you already had in the first few seasons of Master League? And then how you’d spend an entire session worrying over his form and fitness, and how he was settling in? Only your own custom House Rules can bring those days back now. Welcome to the future, people.
In my entire run of matches yesterday, this nice goal was the best. I spotted the striker’s run, and Diego delivered the ball:
Being able to watch that goal going in that from that angle enhanced my enjoyment of it. This might be my final camera angle. I think most people are still tinkering, and I’m no exception.
I also played for a while with -2 speed yesterday but finished the day on -1. A -1.5 speed would probably be ideal for me.
As a final fun instalment today I recorded 3 AI free kicks against me in my last session. All the chatter is about how it’s a near-certain goal for the AI. Which is not my experience.
This is how every single AI free kick in shooting range has gone in PES2020 so far:
Just press Circle well before the kick is kicked. If it’s not working, you’re not doing it right. If you’re pressing as the kicker is kicking, it’s too late. Once you learn when to press the circle button (too early is as bad as too late), you will never concede another free kick goal again. I think I conceded 1 (ONE) in all of PES2019. So far 0 (ZERO) in PES2020, and the AI usually has at least one attempt per match.