I’ve zoomed through to the end of the January transfer window in Season 1 of my PES2017 Master League.
This year, I’m lagging behind a great many blog commenters, and behind PES players in general from what I can tell looking around the PESverse.
A sign, if a sign was needed, that there’s something unusual about this edition of the game, something that sets it apart from every PES since… since PES2013, probably. (We don’t count PES2014 when it comes to things like this, with PES2014 being something of an anomaly, as ever.)
I’ve settled in now, to the extent that I’ve set up my alt-formations accessible via D-pad. There they are visible on the right in the blog’s very first gif.
I spend most of my time, probably 98%, sitting on my starting 4-2-2-2 formation, which is really a 4-4-2 with a deep-lying DMF/CMF combo, and two AMFs pushed forward. I switch to the alternative all-out attack and all-out defence formations only when there’s a critical need for either.
Some might not have realised that the ability to change formation on the fly still exists in PES2017. Now you have to press and hold the up/down buttons on the d-pad. I think this hasn’t been thought through, as it’s too easy to change formations accidentally whilst moving the ATT/DEF levels, and not notice you’ve done it.
There’s all sorts of management information concealed in sub-menus this year. In years past it was often difficult remembering who’s stayed and who’s gone. Now every season has individual in-depth records of transfers in and out. At last it’ll be possible to mentally reconstruct the entire story of a Master League career just by consulting a menu.
I sold Arcas and also my ‘My Favourite Player’, Hettich. I did call him ‘the poor man’s Irjescu’, but he wasn’t doing anything. Not even the poor man’s Dodo. I picked up a certain CAMACHO on loan from a South American team. Is it the Camacho of late PS2-era fame? He’s got one goal so far, visible on the clip below.
Here’s my current First XI and squad after the January window has closed. ZOZULYA is a vaguely John Hartson-like loanee. One goal so far, which is at the start of the clip below.
I am a slowcoach this year. Or is it that everyone else is playing with the kind of enthusiasm that hasn’t been seen in many a year? PES2017 is going down well.
It’s going down well with me too. I can hardly dare to believe that this is all really true. When I played PES2014 earlier this year, I made a great fuss of saying that we’d never see its like again. Well, a few wrinkles aside, there’s a chance that it’s here. PES2017. Who’d have thought it?
Oh, I haven’t picked up this player yet:
If he’s still in my Youth team at season’s end, I probably will.
I’ll end with a short video showing that ZOZULYA fellow getting his debut goal thanks to a snatch-and-breakaway. PES2017 is the sort of game where that kind of goal is a highlights-worthy one. I love it.
There’s also my first penalty kick in open play in over two editions of PES. PES2015 and PES2016 didn’t give me a single penalty in about 1400+ Master League matches between them. I’ve finally got one in 20 matches on PES2017.
No, I don’t like the way I win the ball back just before the penalty at 1:12 with a cheap sliding tackle. That’s pure arcade action, pure PES2016, right there. The fewer echoes of PES2016 there are in this game, the better. I’ve been cringing at the many reviews of PES2017 that start out by saying what a leap forward for the series PES2016 was. No, it wasn’t.
6th from bottom. The worst goal-scoring record in the division. Love it.