Just in time for the month of July’s final post, I’ve climbed firmly back into the PES2012 saddle. I haven’t played the PES2013 demo since Saturday morning. I doubt I will play it again now. I’ll take another brief look at Demo 2 when it arrives. Other than that, I’m not interested.
My PES2012 Master League appetite is back. I feel refreshed, rejuvenated, revivified, revitalised, and… ah, is remoralised a word? It is now.
My very first game back after 3 days away was a proper barnstormer. I met the runaway league leaders, Manchester Utd, and thumped them 5-2.
Look at the stats for shots on target. Yep. All of mine went in. A true rarity on this game. Forlan got a hat trick.
Since the start of the season Man Utd have been the CPU uber-team. They’d won every game, scoring roughly double the amount of goals anyone else has scored.
Good finishing and a bit of defensive discipline stood me in good stead. But most important was my sense of playing with a new enthusiasm, having shaken off the jaded feeling of last week.
The victory has to count as one of my best ever—and what a welcome back to the game after a few days away. Almost suspiciously so in fact.
It’s as if there’s a line of code in the game that says ‘Hey, he’s had a few days off. Let’s give him a great welcome back…’
Not that the game was particularly easy. I conceded two goals, which would usually be enough for the season’s top CPU team to beat me or get a draw. This was a freak result on so many levels. The stats show that I made relatively few chances. I took them, that was the difference.
It cut Man Yoo’s lead at the top of the table. I’m still playing catchup, but now I’m 6 points behind them instead of 9. If I’d lost this match it would’ve been a 12-point gap and the League season would be effectively over.
I’m still in the FA Cup and also still—just—in the Champions League, where I will have to be very careful.
Bayern Munich beat me at home, and I only managed a draw in my next match against Besiktas—also at home. I often find it easier to play away in Europe, so we’ll see how those two return matches go.
All in all, it’s great to be back. Let the PES forumites tear each other apart while they play their hundreds of empty PES2013 demo games. They’re welcome to the fight. Me, I’ve still got plenty of unfinished business with PES2012 and Master League.