I’m not playing PES2020 right now, or any other ‘gamepad’ football game.
My gaming time is roughly 60/40 between Football Manager and Death Stranding. I won’t talk much about Death Stranding. Everyone who plays that game deserves to discover it for themselves.
I’m playing Football Manager 2019 a LOT. It’s been a long old time since I was properly into the FM/CM series. I drifted away from the series, as many have, when it seemed to be overburdened with fiddling instead of picking the team and playing the matches. These days you can configure the game to do as much or little as you want. I find players, pick the team and tactics, and watch matches. And I manage coaching staff who manage everything else for me.
Probably FM2005 was the last time I played for a long time and got anywhere near obsessed. That time is back now. I’ve had several 3am sessions this past week alone. I read somewhere how starting unemployed and seeing where fate takes you is the FM equivalent of PES’s Default Master League (in the good old days).
So I started as a 38-year-old nobody and landed the gig as manager of BK Avarta in Denmark’s 2 Division (the country’s 3rd tier). I’m closing in on promotion toward the end of the second season.
It’s a strange season in Denmark, as they have a proper winter break from November to February, after which your players return unfit and in need of pre-season training all over again, so it’s like two mini-seasons every season.
Promotion is looking odds-on at the end of season 2 and I will have to decide. Do I try to survive/thrive with Avarta in the next division up, with the same sort of minuscule budget, or do I see if I can get into a decent lower league club elsewhere on the strength of my Avarta achievements? This is the only real show in town for me right now.
I have had a look at PES2020 on the PC, but in the few weeks since I played most of my mods have gone out of date and need to be updated. That will take an hour or so that I couldn’t spare this week.
I did play a few matches of PES5 on PC, with a new 2019-2020 Option File that a commenter was kind enough to link me to. I played an Ex. match to test it, as Wolves vs Man City. There’s a goal about 30 seconds after the start of this clip:
I’ll be back on Tuesday with… something.
More than likely, I think it’ll be the start of my PC PES2020 ML with the OG Defaults. For those who are not hip to youth-speak in the effortless way that I am, ‘OG’ in this context relates to the Classic Defaults team made up of Castolo, Ordaz, Dodo & co. ‘OG’ stands for ‘Original Gangster’, or Gangsta, and is an idiomatic way of declaring authoritative antecedence.
Or I might just blow all that off and continue Football Managering and Death Strandinging.