The PC gaming mini-revolution continues. I look at my PS3 now and wonder if this could be the end of an era. I’ve been a console gamer for my entire life, the early-80s Spectrum era aside.
And PES2011 continues. Lately I’ve been dicking about with capturing replay footage directly to hard drive. No more shaky handheld mobile phone replays, if this keeps up.
Here are the goals from a recent match against Derby that ended 1-1.
Pardon the ‘dramatic’ pauses at times there. I’m still feeling my way in this new world.
I’m well positioned for promotion in season 1.
The game feels quite straightforward on Professional. I remember PES2011 being a much stiffer test in Division 2 two years ago.
I think this is a side-effect of the Option File I’m using now. The other teams in the mix with me for promotion are Championship opposition with Championship players. Two years ago I was facing off against a custom Division 2 made up of top European teams.
I should make promotion. I will of course have to be careful. There’s a long way to go and a lot can still happen.
A season 1 promotion would be fine by me. I’m not especially seeking a hardcore, gritty, double-figures seasons ML career from PES2011 on PC. I’m seeking to enjoy myself and enjoy the matches first and foremost. That whole deadly seriousness where I sit down to play Master League as if it’s The Wire or something? I’m done with that approach, for this year at least.
PES2011 is a challenging game, perhaps the most physical PES we’ve ever had. Contact with other players is usually disastrous. The game makes you value space more than any other footballing commodity. An opposing player within a yard usually means having to get rid asap. If I see the notorious stumble, it means I’ve failed to respect the game’s boundaries.
I’m cultivating a different attitude from the one that soured me on PES2011 two years ago. It’s working for me.
Overall, things are going well. If I wanted to go and play something else, I would. Time is far too precious to waste on playing or doing anything but exactly what you want to. PES2011 is answering every need I have.
And I’ve got to love that Master League. At the time in 2010-11, I resented it for being a slightly dumbed-down version of PES2010’s Master League. Little did I know just what was coming next in PES2012 and PES2013. Now, I happily concede that it remains the second-best-ever ML environment.