My last session on PES2016. Yes, I think it’s the last one ever, but I’m never saying never again, again.
I got to the FA Cup Final, lost the FA Cup Final, and then finished my League campaign in a distant 5th place.
I went out of the Champions League at the Quarter Final stage. So I finish my final season, the 8th of its line, having won precisely nothing (except the Community Shield and Supercup way back at the start).
And that’s fine with me. Superstar turned out to be a decent challenge in the end. Unassisted passing was also well worth playing another season for. All in all, I do not regret playing this one extra season.
The FA Cup Final was a beast of a game. I lost it in extra time. The AI came out firing on all cylinders, just like it had in the Champions League QF, where I was eliminated 7-1 on aggregate. I’ll say it again: why could the AI not always be like this? Instead of being so strangely passive and loathe to put its boot in. I actually get a couple of free kicks when the AI is ramped up like that.
The Team of the Tournament:
Good old Giorza!
I forwarded time to the very end of the season, and gulped when I saw the transfer kitty I’d have had to play with in a completely hypothetical Season 9:
That’s enough for at least one super-duper player (a Messi or a Suarez), and much more.
No, I wasn’t tempted. In a previous PES with proper player individuality, maybe I would have been tempted. But one of the sad truths about PES2016 is that nearly all the players feel much the same as each other.
Some last highlights — beginning with a comical blunder from my goalkeeper of a sort that’s actually pretty rare in PES2016:
I’m going to miss that Castledine fellow. Despite this game’s overall flattening-out of player individuality, he will remain one of my most memorable single players in any PES.
And so, just like that, on a grey day in January, PES2016 came to a full stop. Like I said above, I’m never saying never. I have yet to try full-manual shooting in PES2016…
But it is over. I probably played for a few weeks longer than I should have. This game was sucked dry for me sometime in early December, truth be told.
PES2016’s gushing reviews and high scores (all that the games publishers really care about, whatever they say in public) were not justified, in my view.
Reviewers were universally indulgent to aspects of gameplay that would have been savaged in FIFA. I’m talking about the almost complete absence of fouls and free kicks from single-player gameplay, of course.
I will save more recriminations — and much praise — for my end-of-year review in September/October later this year (depending on PES2017’s release schedule).
If I was awarding my own score right now I’d plump for 7/10. But my feelings about that whole fouls/free kicks issue are so strong that a score of 5/10 for PES2016 would be completely justified, in my opinion.
No-fouls gameplay matters so much because it affects EVERYTHING so much. PES2016’s arcadiness is 95% down to the laissez-faire fouling environment. Almost anything goes. No consequences.
I know that PES2015 was much the same in terms of no-fouls. FIFA15 was also the same, for me. FIFA16 is the same, for me. No fouls or low fouls, all football games now are the same. It’s complete bullshit. It really makes me depressed to think about.
It might be unfair for PES2016 to bear the full load of a trend that’s been creeping into football gaming for as long as the desires of the online marketplace have been setting the agenda. But that’s what’s happened.
PES2016 is now officially over on the blog. From Tuesday I will be blogging about my footy gaming adventures in a whole new direction. I’m taking a step back one generation to my dear old PlayStation3. I’ll be playing the fully-patched PES2014. The PES game that just about everyone loathed after release — but, in its final patched form, almost nobody ever played…