Become a Legend 2011 has begun. This year before signing with a team you can see the % chance of being picked. I had four teams to choose from. 3 were around an 8% chance of playing. And then there was Willem II, who were a 43% chance. So I chose to sign for Willem II in the Dutch league, and it also gave me the opportunity to partly recycle an old Smiths-related post title. Bliss!
I’ve taken the unprecedented step of suspending my Master League career due to overwhelming disgust with PES2011’s general gameplay. Become a Legend (BaL) takes place within the same game, of course, but in a different way. Different enough, I hope, for me to finally give BaL the attention it probably deserves.
Historically I’ve blown very hot and cold with BaL. I really love the idea of it, but I’ve always found that playing it is a tedious slog. I’m not a great PES player. It takes me a while just to get into the team, and then I end up being subbed in every match. Or I’m on the bench, where I have to watch 60 to 70 minutes of ‘action’ whilst waiting to be brought on (if at all).
And all of that goes on for far too long. I can’t accept it, and I won’t accept it if it happens again this year. It’s a waste of valuable gaming time for me.
I think 3 seasons in PES2009 is as far as I’ve ever got—I was still regularly being subbed, and I just quit.
How long before I quit BaL 2011 in a fit of disgust too? Or will I break on through to the other side this time, and embark on an experience to rival anything I’ve ever known in Master League? I’d love it to be the latter. I’d just love it.
This time, I’ve decided to load the dice in my favour. I’ve set the match difficulty to Regular. I did have it on Amateur, but after scoring 4 goals in my first match and winning the Man of the Match award (naturally), I’ve bumped it back up to Regular.
I’m an AMF named ‘not-Greg’, an English national, 5’8″ tall, with no hair and a wispy fringe of a goatee beard. It was a quick and lazy setup, really. When I set it up (on Christmas Day), I was in no mood to spend any more time with PES2011 than I absolutely had to.
The season is about 5 matches old. I played a training match and was immediately picked to start in the opening game of the season.
I played well there (getting my 4 goals on Amateur), but was still subbed at 65 minutes. And I was on the bench for the next match. And the one after that. I started again in the next two, but was subbed in both. Sigh.
My patience is holding up, for now, which has got a lot to do with the Regular difficulty setting. I see a lot of the ball and I’m able to do meaningful things with it. It’s only a matter of time, I think, before I’m a regular starter. I’ve got my focus points aimed at building up stamina, as I believe that’s the main factor that influences the manager’s decision to sub me.
BaL isn’t Master League. Nothing is. I haven’t forgotten ML, and I haven’t forgotten how and why it ended, thanks to the most technically poor PES game since PES2008(PS3). I’ll find time to do some quality moaning about PES2011 as the coming months unfold. And I’m sharpening my cycnicism for the PES2012 hype train.
In the meantime, I can only hope that the consolation prize of BaL will tide me over.