Will you look at the state of that. UEFA Super League, Bundesliga logo, generic UEFA badge for Ajaccio… There’s very little in this screenshot that won’t trigger somebody’s footy game OCD.
The big news today is that PES2011 has PROPERLY arrived. Big-time. I’ve gone from lukewarm appreciation to full-on adoration.
The feeling that prompted me to go back to a Classic PES (albeit one I disliked originally) is finally here.
It doesn’t leap out at you straightaway. It takes some time to catch fire, but when it does. Wow. The last four years of PES haven’t been a waste – nuPES is a decent football game. But imagine what nuPES could have been with a sprinkling of the magic dust that is Classic PES.
I love Shimizu! One of the villains of many a PES – a weak player, with a weak shot – is surprisingly strong in PES2011, and I don’t remember him being that way. His shot, too, is wickedly fierce, although he has only scored one so far.
I have been trying to score a goal, any goal, to record and show here. In the end I scored a ‘scuffer’ that really wasn’t worth recording – and that turned out to be my only goal of the last 2 sessions. I’m having a proper Default debut season. Scoring a goal, any goal, is a major event.
Crossing in PES2011 is very peculiar, and I would say inferior at the moment – there seems to be little control over direction and power, with the responsibility for both being abstracted to the player’s stats, the context, the directionality, and so on. Arguably this is better – i.e. it’s giving me a more PES-ish crossing, which is what I’m meant to be doing here in the first place.
But I have to say that after several years of having a more subtle crossing control scheme, I do prefer the latter.
All of which is probably the only blot on PES2011’s copybook at the moment.
I have arrived, fully and absolutely, in the Land of Classic PES. It took about 8 sessions for things to click. I have had to heroically resist flopping across to one of the recent FIFAs, but it has happened.
My Advanced Start isn’t all that advanced, really. I’m still going through a painful Season 1 with the Defaults and the couple of decent players that I’ve picked up.
I keep getting caught offside, over and over again, sometimes 5 or 6 times per half. I’ll think I’ve spotted my striker in space and I’ll send a through-ball, aerial or ground, and – the whistle goes, and that famous long yellow line is superimposed on the pitch.
I’ve had a couple of matches that ended without any AI fouls committed against me. The average is about 3 or 4, which means that some do finish with 1 or 0. But some have 6 or 7, and it’s no coincidence that these are the better matches.
No-fouls/low-fouls was a thing in Silver Age PES on the PS3, but we never really noticed. Why? Could it be because the game overall was less arcade-oriented, and no-fouls/low-fouls didn’t seem so cheap? nuPES’s ice hockey-style frenzies are so egregious that we can’t help noticing no-fouls.
I’m training Palmieri in a skill card. My long-term vision is for Palmieri to lift the European Cup. He needs to be the complete defender and captain. I’m giving him slide-tackling at the moment. It’ll only take 72 (SEVENTY TWO) weeks.
One of the many sins of nuPES was its introduction of universal slide-tackling. Every player from around PES2014 on could extend a telescopic sliding leg that would not have been out of place as a grabbing arm in a children’s platform game. Oh yes, extreme slide-tackling was and no doubt still is ‘fun’, but it’s not PES and never will be.
But perhaps nuPES’s biggest sin (in a long list) was the way it enabled one-touch football as the default. You didn’t have to be in the zone. Nor did your players. You could always ping-pong your way around the pitch, with very little difficulty.
nuPES muscle memory constantly costs me in PES2011. You can’t one-touch your way anywhere. I’ve lost the ball hundreds of times already in circumstances where my nuPES muscle memory tells me I should be able to one-touch my way out of trouble.
It’s all pretty wonderful. I keep nearly scoring the greatest goals, but just missing out. I think they’re coming.
PES2011 is really here at last. Let my experience be a warning: it takes about 8 sessions to bed down. The last few years of footy gaming might have changed us too much.