I have high hopes that PES2017 could be the PES we’ve been waiting for, collectively, since at least PES2011, and arguably since the hallowed PS2 days themselves. (I would offer up the patched PES2014 as a strong candidate to be PES’s Golden Child, but I won’t get into that sticky nest of vipers’ eggs here.)
PES2016 wasn’t terrible, but it was the most un-PESlike PES game since PES2008, or arguably ever. It was a definite sideways step for the series that left me deeply mistrustful of where the people who make PES wish to take it. I’m still very mistrustful, even now, but it’s time to say that I think PES2017 is so far proving a wonderful surprise. I’m very hopeful of what it means for the football gaming year ahead.
Problems remain, but there are always problems. The greatest PES game ever made (PES5), and the greatest football game ever made (PES5 again), and what is surely the greatest computer game ever made (that’ll be PES5 again) – had its own parcel of problems. Nothing at all is perfect.
I got to the end of Season 1 with a goals-scored record of just 23 in 46. That’s exactly 0.5 per match. I haven’t had a Season 1 like it since the old days of Ordaz & co.
I nominated Rice as my next My Favourite Player. I picked Hettich last year and promptly sold him, so we’ll see what happens to Rice now. The poor man’s Joey Barton, I off-handedly called him a few weeks ago…
The actual Joey Barton appeared in my Youths as a 70-rated 16-year-old. I passed him over in favour of the irresistible Lobato. Yes, I have finally taken a good hearty swig of the Lobato Kool Aid.
Jut a few matches of Season 2 played and he’s done nothing yet. His stamina levels are atrocious and he hasn’t finished a match. Everybody is saying that PES2017 is a very cross/header/big man-friendly PES, but I’ve yet to find that.
I also grabbed Stewart Downing from the Youths. This is a PES where the killer pass is paramount, more than ever. Creative Playmakers are in.
I love PES2017’s twin nerfs: the speed nerf and the distance-shooting nerf. I want to get a long-ranger eventually, and believe I will. The forums are saying it has to be with a player with Shooting Power stat greater than 80.
The twin nerfs combine to produce a heavy, thoughtful game that is very much to my taste. PES2016’s lighter-than-air, 100mph, frantic style is a receding memory.
I’ll say again that it’s a bloody shame that high-fouls matches aren’t the norm in PES2017. Maybe 1 match in 5, I’ll get more than a token few fouls per side. It’s a shame because the high-fouls matches are by far the highest quality matches that PES2017 has to offer.
My squad still isn’t great, but I don’t necessarily want them to be.
With the very generous finances provided at the end of the season/start of the next, I probably could have done a bit better.
As well as Lobato and Downing, I got Speroni to be a reserve GK from the Youths.
Bielek(CB) and Brugman(DMF) both came on free transfers.
I was very tempted to cash in on Yankov, but decided to wait and see. I’m happy starting Season 2 on Professional difficulty with this squad. I don’t play PES to ‘beat the game’ as they say. I enjoy ‘beating the game’ when it happens. But not too quickly.
PES2017 is coming into its own. With some more time to play coming up, I intend to see exactly what it’s made of.
And for the record, I say Luh-BART-oh.