Another good meaty session of PES2011. Today I don’t feel like talking about the multitude of ways the game highlights current-era PES’s shortcomings. Today is all about the game itself and my struggles in it. Currently I’m surprised at how much of the Master League environment I didn’t remember from 7 years ago.
I pride myself on my good memory. I’m the man in my office who remembers keypad codes to all the doors and that kind of thing. But there’s so much about PES2011 that I had forgotten. Not the headline elements, of course. That weird little side-shuffle the players do when they’re approaching a loose ball. (Seriously, what was that meant to be?) The stumble animation. The featherlight shooting model (one of PES’s best-ever). Shimizu and Schwarz. All that sort of thing is securely lodged in memory forever.
But the nitty-gritty of the transfer system, the in-depth training system, the stamina and form arrows, all of these are becoming familiar again after all these years. Predictably, I love it all.
In today’s only mention of nuPES, I will assert that if PES2016/17/18 had featured a Master League with PES2011’s kind of ML environment, things might be very different for the series, looking forward. But in the prevailing multiplayer-focused climate, players cannot be incentivised to play a single-player mode, oh no.
I’ve played about 6 matches since my last post. As ever, the weekend was a wash in footy gaming terms. It all happened on Monday.
The current table:
I’m pleased with my goal-scoring. Also pleased that I’m just 5 points behind the promotion places, heading towards the mid-season January break.
I’m still ‘only’ on Professional. My main grumble with this level is that the AI is curiously passive most of the time, only really springing into life when I take the lead in a match.
Goals are still at a premium, and none of the few that I score have been worth the trouble of recording and uploading.
Here’s the recordability threshold that a goal has to cross. To record a PES2011 goal I have to sit up, unlock my phone, open the camera app, and hold the phone with the lens pointing at the screen in one hand whilst awkwardly manipulating the PS3 controller to advance the replay with my other hand. Then I switch angles, and film another angle from the player’s point of view, which involves yet more fuss and fiddling (and all the while, my immersion in the game is going cold). Then after the match or session is over, I use my phone’s rudimentary editing suite to trim the video. Then upload it to YouTube, directly from my 4-year-old phone, which often sends it into a tizzy for several minutes.
Such is the level of rigmarole required to get a goal replay from PES2011 up on the blog, so only truly special goals will ever show up here. Perhaps only ever the occasional long-ranger. That’s just the way it is. Some things will never change. That’s just the way it is…
I’ve got a strong chance of promotion this season, I think. If I get a few more good players in the mid-season break, the results will pick up enough to haul myself up that table. I fancy making PES2011 a 6-season effort, so I’m strongly motivated to do this.