The petty annoyances of PES2012 are legion. Off the top of my head, Jim Beglin constantly referring to the wrong side of the goal is one. “That went into the right corner of the goal,” he’ll say—when the ball has just gone into the goal’s left corner.
In established convention, the ‘facing’ of a goal is from the goal’s point of view. So the left side as a striker looks at it is actually the goal’s right side, and vice versa.
But this convention isn’t respected by Konami. Maybe it’s different in Japan, I don’t know.
I know it’s not actually Beglin’s fault. He just records the lines he’s asked to say. He’s not to blame for Konami using them in the wrong contexts.
Another annoyance comes in the pre-match setup screen. Often you’ll spend 5 minutes or longer tweaking your formation pre-match, slotting in all the right players and tweaking their positions, maybe even adjusting the tactical sliders to make everything just right.
And then you’ll accidentally double-press Circle and go aaaall the way back to the main menu, cancelling out everything you’ve just done. Now you’ve got to go back in, and do it all again…
There are more like that. The annoyances of football games in general, and PES2012 in particular, are not all about CPU scripting and glitchy collision detection.
Season 15 has stuttered slightly. Last time, I was hot on the heels of the league leaders, Manchester United, just 1 point behind. I’m still on their heels, only not quite as hotly as before.
That 1-point gap has become a 3-point gap, Their better goal difference effectively makes it a 4-point gap.
I suffered from two calamitous draws, one against Liverpool at home, the other against Shamrock Rovers(!) away. The latter team have an eerily lifelike Regen Pirlo as a craggy 18-year-old midfielder. He’s already pretty good, and while playing regularly for Shamrock Rovers he’s developing quite nicely. I’ll probably swoop for him in a couple of seasons.
In both matches I had good last-gasp chances to win that crashed against the post. First from Rooney, second from Forlan. If just one had gone in I’d be much better placed than I am now. As things stand I’m relying on Man Utd losing and drawing in order to catch up, while not dropping any more points myself. In this game, that’s a big ask.
I’m through to the semi-final of the Cup, where I’ll play… Mancheser United.
And after being eliminated from the Champions League I’ve gone straight through to the knockout phase of the Europa League. Where my opponents are Marseille. I’ve already played the first leg at their ground. I won the match 1-0. I should, fingers crossed, finish the job back at mine.
My big new signing, Sibon, is truly a beast. I’d like him to be a bit quicker on the ball, but I can’t complain about his physical dominance of the box. After a slow start, he’s now scored 4 goals in his last three games. Three of the goals were mighty headers.
I have mostly stuck to my usual style of play, and allowed chances for Sibon to occur naturally. As I said before his arrival, if he gets just 10 goals for me in this half of the season, and those 10 goals help me win something, he’ll have been worth every penny of the imaginary £40m I spent on him.