PES2012 is no more. It has ceased to be. As of right now (well, sometime yesterday morning, actually) I am a former PES2012 player.
Season 18 of my Master League career, playing as a made-up Coventry City in a bogus Premier League, has finally come to a close. With it has ended one of the most extraordinary PES gaming years of my long football gaming life.
The best ever? Possibly, just possibly. Or perhaps not. I don’t know. I’ll do a proper retrospective-with-perspective sometime in September. I always do an end-of-year review on the blog. This year will be no exception. It should be an interesting one.
Season 18 turned out to be quite a ride.
After a terrible opening third of the league season, I had clawed my way back up to a position where I was just 9 points behind the leaders. Master League traditionally is very generous to its human teams. The CPU teams tend to lose and draw just enough of the time to keep things interesting.
And so it proved. Here is the table after 28 matches:
Yup, after being pretty much out of it earlier this season, I was now right back in it. With loads of matches remaining.
I fancied my chances, needless to say.
I lost one and drew two of my remaining 10 matches. Sadly, that one defeat was to Manchester City, at home. It was a six-pointer that I knew I had to win. They walloped me 1-4. Considering I was 0-4 down after 25 minutes(!), I felt lucky to get off lightly.
Manchester City drew one and won eight of their outstanding matches.
So I missed out on a final League title, but I was proud of my team’s form in the second part of the campaign. It would have been title-winning form in any other season.
Here’s the final table:
I loved my goal-scoring too. 92 is my best tally for a while. I really found my shooting boots this season.
In the FA Cup, I got to the Final. Where I met… Manchester City.
I started the match really well, thanks in part to having the kick-off. That always helps. I controlled the game for the entire first half, having about 10 shots, many on-target. I think Man City had one feeble effort. It was a world away from their recent shellacking of me in the league.
Straight from their second half kick-off, they scored. Sigh. Never mind. I had the whole half left to get the equaliser and then the winner, right?
Nope. The match ended 1-0 to Manchester City.
That’s them wearing sky blue in the picture. I was in my black away kit for this one.
So. No League and no FA Cup for me.
The Champions League was my sole chance of silverware in my last ever season on PES2012.
I battled my way to the final, easing past AC Milan in the quarters by 2-0 on aggregate. FC Lorient were my semi-final opponents—predictably, the toughest nut to crack yet. I squeezed past them 2-2 on aggregate, with away goals helping me out.
Real Madrid were the Champions League Final opponents. Yes, the picture at the top of the post kind of gives it all away. I WON. My last ever match on PES2012 ended in me winning the only tournament that I’d yet to win on Superstar. Not the Treble, nor even any kind of Double, but a satisfying sense of closure nevertheless.
The game itself wasn’t at all memorable. Very few such Finals actually are, so in this respect PES is totally realistic.
I was annoyed not to see a proper trophy presentation. (Or did I press through it?)
And so to the post-match, post-season, post-PES2012 wrapping up.
The FA Cup team of the year was packed with my players:
As was the League team of the year:
Forlan and Rooney did very well this season, getting a good chunk of my goal tally between them:
Before I quit PES2012 for the very last time, there was one other bit of business I had to deal with in the Main Menu.
I went along to Track Record, and checked my vital statistics.
994 matches played. Some people would deliberately play another 6 matches just to get it up to the magic 1000 mark. But not me. I’ve really had enough of PES2012 now. I don’t even want to play one more match.
In another Track Record screen I discovered that I’ve had just 13 penalties across all 994 matches. That’s not good at all for a game that aspires to simulate the game it’s based on.
Here’s the screen that really counts—the true tale of the tape:
430 hours played. 421 of those hours on Master League.
(Not even a single minute of playing squeeze-yer-controller online. Tee-hee!)
PES2013 has got a tough act to follow. For now, I will move onto other things—other football games, and other games. PES2012 is firmly in the rearview mirror.
Class of 2012—dismissed.