I’ve yet to start playing anything else in my post-PES2014 world. PES2014 was a huge, filling meal of a football game. It’ll take a while to feel hungry again.
The urge will come back — it always has before, and there’s no reason why it won’t again. For now I’ve been amusing myself with other games. Not just other football games, of which more below, but other games.
I think it’s time for Witcher 3 to get a good play. How could I not?
When I was growing up in the 1980s, if I’d seen a screenshot like this one I’d have gone stark staring insane at the prospect of the world I was growing up into.
I played a couple of hours of Witcher 3 some months ago, enough to know that the game itself more than lives up to its promise. I’m also very partial to an in-game cardgame, and Witcher 3 has a doozy.
I’m not going to like the mushrooming quests and sub-quests and sub-sub-quests, but I will see how I do.
And there’s other football games too.
I’ve had a few matches on The Greatest Football Game Ever Made, where I scored these two beauties with a certain J. Mathieu popping up in that famous DMF hole:
That second goal won the ECC against Barcelona. NB: this is all only on 4* difficulty.
Am I tempted by PES5?
I’m always tempted by PES5.
I’ve also been back to PES2016, and played some of FIFA16.
Here’s a vid of four goals. One from PES2016, one from FIFA16, one from PES2016, one from FIFA16.
The first goal shows what happened in the first few seconds of my very first match back with my ML team in PES2016, after 6 months or so away:
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve touched, really. I had a whopping transfer kitty in PES2016. I amused myself by spending much of it on Drogba.
PES2016 could do with being a lot less frantic in the middle of the park. Those damned slide-tackles are the problem. They’re ridiculously effective. When out of possession, there’s no reason not to spam slide tackles pretty much all the time. There are rarely any consequences for getting one wrong. PES2016 is a no-fouls football game.
FIFA16 is also a no-fouls game for me, it turns out. Just as with PES2016, most of my matches in FIFA16 end with pitifully few fouls, or no fouls at all.
FIFA has been a good football game for pretty much the whole of the past decade. But I never seem to play it that much. FIFA15’s 5 Career Mode seasons was something of an anomaly.
If I was a betting man I’d predict I’ll play a bit of FIFA16 and then spend the last few weeks of the footy game year on PES2016, or maybe even PES2015.
It’ll be something on PS4. I can’t face the PS3 and its loading times again.
Although, having said that…
PES2011 is one that sort-of got away. Back in 2011 I flounced off in a strop about the stumble animation. Regular readers will know that I do this quite often, but usually slink back days later, sometimes hours later.
I didn’t slink back in PES2011’s case.
It’s generally reckoned, even by me, that PES2011 was one of the series’ finest editions. So there’s that.
I don’t feel any sense of pressure to make a decision. I’m just enjoying some post-PES2014 relaxation.
When I settle on a football game again, I might even choose to play a non-career mode.
But I will never play online. Online football gaming embodies the opposite of everything that’s worthwhile in football gaming. I include even ‘good’ human opponents in that sweeping judgement. I’d rather not play football games at all than play anything online.