An enforced 3-day hiatus in my Master League progress saw me pick things up again on Monday with renewed appetite and zest.
I played a 9-match session. 5 matches in the morning, then (the console having been on standby) 4 in the evening.
I won them all. Conceding just 1 (ONE) goal in the process.
A 9-match winning streak is, I think, a first for me on any PES. I don’t believe I’ve ever been ‘allowed’ to win 9 matches in a row in any Master League before. We all know what should have happened around match 6 or so – a mysteriously inevitable draw or defeat – but it didn’t.
I powered off the PS4 late last night knowing that when I next switch it on, I’ll do well to win 2 matches in a row, never mind 9.
I’m still on Top Player – of course Superstar is not far away (and after it, Legend).
Which will almost certainly be in the Premier League, because this was the table towards the end of my winning run:This screenshot was taken before my last few matches. I’m top of the league by 5 points now. My eyes are on the title. The lottery of another Playoff round is something I will be very glad to skip this season.
I’m also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, having seen off Wolves after Arsenal. Liverpool will be the semi-final opponents, with one of the Manchester teams waiting in the final should I make it that far.
Could I be in the Europa League in my maiden Premier season?
This is a slight concern. For me, the balance of PES2020 is slightly toward the generous side. I see signs of the hyper-obnoxious gameplay that others have seen in PES2020, but my pass and move play-style has pluses and minuses.
One big minus is that I commonly have matches in which there are few fouls and free kicks, or none at all.
But one big plus is that the AI rarely gets the chance to bring overbearing pressure on me, as I rarely hang onto the ball for long.I miss being automatically shown this screen at the end of every month. It is not quite the same with it tucked away out of sight. You have to make a conscious effort to go to its sub-sub-menu to look at it now. This is the first Team of the Month screen I’ve looked at all season and I might not look at another one. Master League lacks texture due to misguided decluttering decisions like this.
Here is the squad I have put together after the January transfer window – 16-year-old Robin van Persie is the headline new arrival, and there are a few journeyman Free Agents sprinkled in there too:
In the middle of midfield are two new signings that are great to play with. The essence of PES. Peter Drury calls RIQUI PUIG ‘Ricky Poochy’ and I love it every time he says the name. I’ve quietly got high hopes for this digital version of a real-life Barcelona B-team player.
My new DMF, Damonte, is a 24-year-old who was born to fill the Mathieu role in this ML. Which should include some great goals of course. Nothing from Damonte yet, although I keep trying.
That’s what I miss most in this PES – goals by a pouncing DMF from that famous ‘DMF hole’ around 30 yards out.
Every PES has had those goals, even PES2014 (example). PES2020, so far, has not had any. With nearly 3 full seasons played, I’m getting worried.
And so today’s 1m45s compilation is a compilation of notable ‘moments’ from recent sessions, rather than any great goals. Interesting rather than spectacular. PES2020 still awaits its ‘wow!’ goal.
You can see van Persie’s debut match goal – with his second touch, and his weaker foot, and his grey hair; plus a few interesting Jarvis moments; and check the moment I conceded a surefire penalty that turned out to be a free kick! Somewhere in a parallel reality there’s a disgruntled AI moaning on its blog ‘how is this not a penalty?!’