It’s over. PES2017 Master League Season 10 has finished with me scooping the League and Champions League Double. The addition of remaining Invincible all season in the League makes for a unique kind of Treble.
I’m so pleased with notching up an Invincible season that I’m going to zoom in on my individual stats.
Lovely. I only just avoided keeping the Goals Against column in single figures too.
I know. This achievement has as much to do with glaring AI deficiencies than with my dubious skillz. That’s something for me to mull over in the future, in September’s end-of-year review of PES2017 perhaps. Here and now, I’m all for enjoying the moment.
The long odyssey that began in mid-September 2016 came to an end yesterday afternoon, 17 April 2017. The game lasted 7 (SEVEN) full calendar months.
Whatever else might be said of PES2017, that’s some sterling service, right there. PES always gives me incredible value for money. That’s been true of every single edition of the game.
My star striker this season has been Aduriz. He bagged 5 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. I chanced upon this individual post-match stats screen that I did know was there, but have criminally under-perused throughout PES2017:
A great performance from a player who would have become a personal PES legend, I am sure, if I played a few more seasons.
I was looking for the overall match stats:
Look at the fouls and free kicks stats, there. Literally zero fouls on me in a full-blooded. hectic, high-scoring Champions League semi-final tussle. PES2017’s qualities arguably pale into insignificance when faced with its lack of AI fouls.
The final was against AS Roma.
Things started badly and carried on from there. I hacked and slide-tackled as much as I felt like doing. That’s what these modern-day football games have trained us to do, right? So I did it.
Just as a real-life defender bear-hugging a forward at a corner knows that 99% of the time the match officials will do nothing and it’s therefore worth the risk, so it goes with playing max-aggression style in our current football games. You nearly always get away with it, so you might as well do it.
But this time I got Bruno Alves, my big dependable CB, sent off. This was in the 40th minute. I was faced with playing more than a half of the Champions League final with 10 men.
And then I went 0-1 down after half-time. Things looked bleak.
But one of PES2017’s special features — scoring ‘easy’ goals from headers from crosses — came to my rescue. Even so, it was not a done deal and I had to fight for the chances. I was whooping when both goals went in. And won 2-1.
My two Champions League-winning goals are featured in today’s video, which covers ground from the last few League matches as well:
Also on show is the way Ibrahimovic is developing as an individual, scoring a signature goal or two and laying on a cheekily flamboyant assist as well.
I’ll miss quite a few things about PES2017, it turns out. Palacio, for one — easily my best player in PES2017, and one of my most memorable ever.
I will also miss Ibra. And Aduriz. And Wesley Sneijder, even if the post-match celebrations prove beyond all doubt that he is a vampire.
The Champions League final stats:
Yes, look again at the shameful statistic showing the number of AI fouls (0) and free kicks for me (0). This scandalous decision by Konami can never be ignored. It can never be forgiven. There will never, ever come a time when I’ll feel it’s been talked about enough.
The PES2018 demo will be with us before we know it. And I’ll assess it primarily according to the average amount of fouls I get per match. If the average — the AVERAGE — is below 4 AI fouls per match (and I think I’m being very generous stating such a low figure, there), I’m denouncing it straightaway. And I won’t stop mentioning it in every single post. I expect this is what’ll happen.
Palacio got Player of the Year. I got Manager of the Year, as is only right.
Curiously, I only had one player in the Team of the Tournament. Spot the marked bias toward one team in particular here — a team that only finished 6th:
They always program the next PES based on the current real-life football season’s happenings. So I have two predictions for PES2018: more than a few scorpion kick goals, and plenty of tough matches against a free-flowing Spurs.
I idly checked the top scorers for the Champions League. Wow:
I have no memory of Aduriz scoring that many.
I clicked through a few weeks after the last match of the season. Then, before the always-rubbish testimonial match, I switched off. I needed to edit today’s video in Share Factory. The PS4 gave me a gentle reminder:
I hit OK — with more regret than I thought I’d have. The last few sessions on PES2017 were pretty decent, actually. I might return to PES2017 before the year is over.
But for now, it’s on to pastures new.
Pastures old, I mean.