It finally happened… I have only managed to play literally 1 single match of PES2011 since the last time.
This is simply how life is at the moment. Work and several other factors take up nearly all my time, currently.
It’ll be like this until… next week, when I have the week off work. I plan some serious gaming time then.
Was the 1 match a good match?
Nope, not really.
It was a dull, plodding 1-1 draw in the middle of a drab season. No wonder Konami jazzed up Master League with the recent all-singing, all-dancing, Ibrahimovic-focused editions. Nobody under 30 is ever going to play old-school Master League ever again.
They don’t know what they’re missing. When Master League was a slog to begin with was when Master League was greatest.
I’ve got some transfer deals in the air, just waiting to hear. It’s very easy to sign players, relatively speaking.
I boobed at the start by inadvertently triggering PES2011’s ‘Advanced Start’ glitch. This is where Editing a team prior to starting Master League somehow awards you several million extra pounds, and bumps your ranking up to the low 50s instead of sticking you at the absolute bottom of them all.
I would not have done this deliberately, but on reflection, I’m glad it happened. I’m not in the mood for a traditional ML slog at the moment. I’m in the mood for Classic PES, and the Classic PES feeling is what I’ve got.
The players in PES2011 mostly have the turning circles of oil tankers. By comparison to the nimble ninjas of nuPES, even the likes of Shimizu feels like a lumbering armoured knight on horseback.
I still haven’t scored any really noteworthy goals since that very first long-ranger almost from the first session of play. This one, from Motta.
Everything since that time has been scuffed headers, and kneed-in bouncers from corners and the like. Classic PES did scruffy goals very well indeed. It makes you work for the slightest reward.
I cannot say that I never miss nuPES. Strangely, I do. Over the space of 4 years it was my PES world, and that has had an effect. But I miss the PS4 platform more than the game. I came back to PES2011 in search of nougaty truPES goodness, and that’s what I’ve found in bucketloads.
Next week should see me really get down to business, with long daily sessions, just like in the good old days.