The performance of Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final impressed me in spite of my usual disdain for ‘tippy-tappy football’. Whilst watching the match, I had a PES-related epiphany.
I now believe that Seabass & co. based the footballing style of PES2011 on match videos of Barcelona in action. PES2011 is very conducive to Barca-style one- and two-touch passing. In fact, the AI’s constant pressing positively encourages it. And that constant pressing itself is another real-life Barcelona trait.
Inspired by the match, later that night I reloaded PES2011. I played a couple of games in my Anderlecht ML career. Not fancying too much of a grapple with the game engine, I knocked the difficulty down to Professional.
I had a great few games, scored some great goals, played some lovely Barca-style stuff. The stumble only appeared when I tried to not play Barca-style. All in all, I saw only the good in PES2011 and little or nothing of the bad.
I am not, and probably never will be, a fan of PES2011. But I might be able to play it occasionally without being disgusted. Judging by the ambient forum chatter over the past 6 months, it seems that even those who love PES2011 agree that it’s best consumed in small doses, that over-familiarity is the breeder of contempt.
I won’t be going back to PES2011, but I hope to be able to play it once in a while.
Meanwhile, back on PES5… I’m still playing it despite it being on the PC and damn awkward to start up much of the time.
This is the acid test for me and PES5(PC). To set up and play PES5 on the laptop takes more effort and bother than to play any game on the consoles.
First I have to restart the laptop from hibernation, then wait for Windows 7 to wheeze and groan its way back to life, then fend off any of several random antivirus and Windows Update notices. It can be 5 or 10 minutes before the machine’s in a fit state to be used for gaming.
Then if I want to play on the TV screen I need to get the HDMI cable from its hook on the wall, plug it in, and connect the other end to the TV.
Then I plug in the Xbox360 controller for Windows. Then I’m ready to play some PES5.
Whereas to play on a console, I just turn it on and sit back. I miss my back-compatible 60GB PS3 desperately, needless to say.
At the moment I am persevering with the whole PC rigmarole. PES5 is so worth it. With each session my rediscovered regard for the game nudges up another notch.
I’m just starting season 2, having failed to get promotion last year.
In the pre-season negotiations I managed to sign none other than… Arshavin. It’s 2005 in-game and he’s an unknown 23-year-old. I got him from some club—I forget which—in a trade-in deal.
H. Almeida and Aquilani have come along for the ride as well. Alongside Zidan I’ve suddenly got a decent frontline.
I picked up Ricardo Costa in defence.
And just like that, I’ve got the skeleton of a good team.
For the start of the new season I whacked the difficulty up to Top Player. In my first few matches I’ve noticed a difference already. I don’t think I’ll be getting promoted this season either, put it that way.
I’ll talk about it in more detail on Wednesday—which, in case you haven’t noticed, will be June 1st.
That’s June the first.
Bleeding hell. Next thing we know, it’ll be Christmas.