Patch Wednesday was as interesting as I thought it would be. The size of the patch—13MB—was a surprise. As it installed, I had to wonder just what I was in for. A football game is a delicate balance in so many ways, a tradeoff between enabling user freedom (that new buzzword) and deliberately hard-coded limitations. Tinkering with any part of it risks ruining the whole.
And my first match was definitely a bit weird. I sensed a slight change in the handling—I imagine that sensing a disturbance in the Force must be a similar feeling. I didn’t notice any change in game speed, as such. I play on -2 and have done since early on in my PES2011 adventures.
The only overt change I would swear to noticing was in the touchline control issue. It’s much better. I found that my players could collect the ball for a change.
It used to be that a bouncing ball approaching one of your players within several yards of a touchline would simply bounce off them in a ridiculous manner and go out for a throw-in or corner—one of the stupidest things in any PES game, ever. True, before touching the ball you could super-cancel and ‘renegotiate’ the interaction, but I resent having to do that. It should work to begin with.
I’ve just got to the Premier League with my Master League team, and I’ve bumped up the difficulty to Top Player. Not the ideal time to assess the impact of a major gameplay-changing patch.
After a pretty easy first few games on Top PLayer, I’m struggling to get any kind of game going. A large part of this has to be the patch in action, I feel. The sudden leap from my previous session to the rock-hard difficulty of the sessions since the patch, is too great.
In my first post-patch session I played 5, won 0, drew 3, and lost 2. I scored about 2 goals. One of the matches was a traumatic 5-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn:
Perhaps more significant than the scoreline in that match was the possession statistic. I’m used ot having at least 60%, usually more. But I had the least amount of possession for the first time since my very early days with the game.
Is it the patch or not? Is it the patch or not? Is it the patch or not? That’s what I keep thinking every few minutes, every time something thought-provoking happens in-game. Is it the patch or not…?
Like I said, I have no way of finding out—other than to suspend my play for a session or two and carry out all kinds of exotic experiments featuring other accounts on my PS3 and whatnot. Which I’m not prepared to do. I haven’t got the time, even if I had the inclination. This is a blog about playing Master League, not an inquiry into meaning and truth. I’m happy to sit back and let the forum sleuths investigate and argue amongst themselves. If I’ve got a PES game that I’m happy to play and that gives me enough of a challenge, I’m happy enough.
Below is the league table after that disastrous session—I’ve slipped down the table a long way. I’ll have to be careful not to get dragged down into a relegation battle.