So my first few competitive matches on Superstar, on zero-bar passing, went pretty badly. My very first match of the season was against Bayern Munich. It was the first leg of the qualifier for the Champions League. I was the home team—for what that turned out to be worth.
Bayern blew me away, in classic new-style PES fashion. They eased into a 2-0 lead by half-time. I performed heroically after the break, doing well to stop them scoring another. I somehow jammied a goal back, and so the game ended 1-2 to them. After the hurricane of the first half, I was actually delighted. It felt like a very recoverable deficit to overcome in the second leg.
In between the two legs, the Premier League season got underway. QPR were the opponents. I was at home again—and I lost 0-1.
Here was where I started getting fed up with zero bar passing. When zero bar is working, the matches feel natural and engaging in a way that football games need to do, I think, to be more than what they are. If that makes sense.
When zero bar stops working, as it sometimes does, it often feels as if it’s not your fault, that the game is interfering with things, and that feels very uncomfortable indeed.
I signed one more player before the transfer window closed. I very rarely follow up on player recommendations seen in the wild, but when I saw an AMF called LINCOLN pop up on my List of Targets for about £800k, I snapped him up.
At the time of writing he still hasn’t actually played a minute for me. He’s been on a blue or purple arrow since arrival. I haven’t risked him, not yet.
I spent the rest of my cash on upgrading every staff member to Level 5. So that’s that sorted, then.
I played the second leg of the tie against Bayern Munich.
And I won the match 1-0, at Bayern—a fantastic game and a great performance. Wroughllen got my solitary goal. That’s him exulting in it at the top of this post (and modelling this season’s Away kit). But those two away goals from Bayern had killed me.
What disappointed me about this match was that after I scored, in the 60th minute or so, there was plenty of time for me to get the second goal that would have taken me through. But it seemed that an old, old PES problem came to the fore: the game didn’t know it was the second leg of a two-legged tie in which it was still ahead. It reacted exactly the way you’d expect it to at 0-1 down in a one-off match: powerplay time.
I hardly had the ball for the rest of the match. I certainly didn’t get a shot on goal. Bayern dominated play and made all the running.
Into the Europa League, then, and in truth, I’m not too bothered. It was always too early for me and Champions League.
I played my first Europa match, against a team called DHROFFSMITZ. I had Coynborough sent off early on for going straight through the back of one of their players—a touch of frustration from me. Despite being down to ten men, I won 3-0, a great Superstar game of footy.
My goals included a 35-yarder from Jacomorac, playing as emergency DMF, which continued my tradtion of scoring screamers with the most unlikely players.
Also see a nice opportunist goal from Bebe on his debut, showing once again that, yes, keepers rushing out is a thing in PES2013:
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I went back to up 1-bar passing around about here. I was struggling to cope with zero bar on Superstar.
I said somewhere recently that I wished there was a difficulty between Professional and Superstar other than Top Player that I could find my feet on. Well, Superstar on 1-bar passing will have to do. And it does very well, on the whole.
It feels good not to have to worry about the last-third nerf for a while. The game on these settings reminds me a lot of being in the deepest groove with PES2012. No bad thing.
Here’s the League table:
I suppose I should mention the 1.02 patch. There. I just did.