Playing PES2011 on PC means a better class of screenshot. See the old front end of Master League 2011 above. It doesn’t take long to settle back in and resume navigating the long-abandoned menus and features like a champ.
The theme for today is: PES2012 and PES2013’s Master Leagues: what happened?
Here’s my mid-season squad. This is after all the mid-season transfer activity. Many of my starting Coventry original squad members are already history.
I’m currently only playing on Regular difficulty—due to go up to Professional for the latter half of the season (because it would be rude not to).
I bought the 36-year-old Sibon in what is probably his last season before retirement, figuring his goals and power might just take me over the line into the Premier League.
Palmieri and Schmidt are raw Youths but still better than the Coventry City original defenders that my option file came with.
I also got Ruskin. That’s a journeyman right-back, Damia, on the other side. And a journeyman striker up front, Pavone.
Here’s the table—only on Regular, remember. I wanted to ease myself in, and I’ve done that. No, there’s not many goals around:
These screenshots are scrumptious, aren’t they? I like not holding my phone up to a screen. I like rather a lot about being on PC, actually. I’m not a convert to the Master Race yet. Consoles are just too convenient and hassle-free in too many ways. But let me just say that the PlayStation4 doesn’t feel like as much of a must-have item as it did a few weeks ago.
And of course this ‘old next gen’ Master League with all the features can be enjoyed on any platform. I’m enjoying PES2011.
Sibon’s individual training regime, as designed by me:
I figure I might as well get all the shooting and power out of him that I can in the last months of his career.
Here’s young Palmieri’s training regime, on the other hand:
Much more balanced, with no shooting training for now. The way PES2011 plays, I’ll rarely want to see Palmieri storming forward.
Here’s a gratuitous shot of the Myth of Castolo about to score a vital goal:
I’m playing in a generic lower league stadium for now.
Looks lovely, doesn’t it? Here’s another one from another stadium—Watford’s:
But what about the gameplay? What about the stumble? What about the step-around? What about everything that almost drove me crazy back in 2010-2011, and is still there for all to see?
This post from May 2011 is fairly representative of the loathing I came to have for PES2011. What about all that?
What about it indeed. I just don’t know. There’s no accounting for context, really. Some things have their time, and it feels as if this is PES2011’s time for me.
The PES that got away is now firmly back in my sights.