I won the Community Shield match versus Manchester United – in a penalty shootout, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I never use the R1 aiming reticule when taking a penalty. I enjoy the game-challenge of gently tilting the analogue stick just a bit farther… and a little bit farther… and a little bit farther… often dangerously testing the ability of the player who’s taking the kick to get it inside the posts.
PES2018 (and nuPES as a whole) has the best penalty kick system we’ve ever seen in PES. The bitter irony is that we almost never get to use it. The single-player game is a virtually fouls-free zone, so you pretty much only get to take a penalty when you’re in a Cup penalty shootout. I’ve had 1 penalty in open play across 7 complete seasons, which is about 340 matches.
The Champions League Group Stage draw took place. I was drawn in a tough group. My first season in Europe is traditionally a horror show, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens when I get to play the matches.
Fitting that I should get Barcelona, as this will almost certainly be my last season. But I won’t make the mistake of walking away from PES2018 with any feeling of unfinished business, so I’ll keep the door ajar for another season after this one.
Here is my Season 8 transfer and salary budget:
I was very interested to see if I could actually spend any of that 1/3rd-of-a-billion pounds. After my third-place finish last season and winning the FA Cup, my team ranking had gone up, but not by much:Above Sunderland, beneath Middlesbrough. You can have all the money, but if the players won’t come, there’s no spending it.
So I was amazed to discover that the 31-year-old Harry Kane was willing to discuss a transfer.
Last September, Harry Kane was one of the notable features of my Day 1 experiences with PES2018, when I typically play random Exhibitions and Internationals until I can be bothered to set the Master League juggernaut in motion.
Kane stood out in my matches with England. In an era of PES that sees the overwhelming majority of all forward players handle like interchangeable ninja-ballerinas, Kane’s in-game PES2018 avatar seemed to have weight, inertia, solidity, and that elusive spark of what used to be PES’s ace in the hole: individuality.
Such players are so rare in nuPES that they must be obtained where possible.
He was at PSG in the world of my ML Season 7-8. Aged 31, he is in decline, but it’s the gentle sort of decline. I’m only playing 1 more season – 2 at the most – so why not?
I got him, with instant results:
He’s scored a couple in my other matches too. This could be very interesting. I’d roughly estimate, extrapolating from my experience of 1400+ nuPES matches across 4 years now, that among the hundreds of samey players in nuPES, there are maybe 20-30 proper old-school-PES-style individuals. I think 2018’s Harry Kane is one of them.
I’m keeping an eye on how Top Player is going. Most matches do remain creditably tough, and winning feels like a proper achievement, but a few matches have started to go like this:
If matches like the above start to happen more than 1 in 3 times, I will switch to Superstar and take what comes.
I’ve got Kane. Not since Veldwijk in my early seasons have I had a striker who feels like his own separate creation. I’m really motivated to see how things turn out – and the transfer window has not yet closed. Last night I had to end a session with a negotiation in progress for a 94 OPR-rated striker, who I think I’m going to get.
The quest for the Treble is on. That defeat was a terrible loss to Stoke, where Stoke actually played like Stoke and frustrated me so much that I almost become one of these controller-throwers that I hear so much about.