Into the January transfer window of season 2 in PES2011 on the PS3 – and I have experienced my first real wobble with the game itself, rather than with the platform.
Earlier this week a regular commenter, Darryl, remarked that he had picked up FIFA18 and wasn’t having an easy time with it. The reasons he gave – sluggish players, peculiar defending – darn near made my mouth water. He made the game sound great. So much so that I found myself heading to the PS Store looking for FIFA18. ‘If it’s £30 or under,’ I told myself, ‘I will get FIFA18 and play that, and return to PES2011 at a later time.’
But FIFA18 is incredibly still £60 (SIXTY UK BUCKS) on PSN – for the Basic edition – so that put the kibosh on that little plan.
But why was I even thinking about it?
I’ve spoken a lot about my struggle to adapt back to the PS3 platform, but really that’s more about not liking the change to how I capture screenshots and vids for use on the blog, rather than the playing experience itself. The graphical drop to PS3 is not that great, and it soon becomes normal.
It all comes back to nuPES, and what those games have done to us all over the past several years.
PES2011 is totally unafraid to be plodding and pedestrian. All the PES editions since roughly PSE2015 have been whizz-bang, in-your-face, online-friendly sprint-’em-ups. That’s slightly unfair, of course, but not very much so. nuPES is the anti-PES.
And after playing those accursed editions for 4 years now, my perceptions of what constitutes a proper football game have been… not changed (no power on Earth will ever change that). But I have been influenced.
It’s like when you sit in one position for too long and a limb goes to sleep. nuPES is the sleep of PES. It takes time and coaxing for that limb to come back to life.
Likewise, it is still taking me time to re-acclimatise to PES2011.
PES2011 isn’t bothered about whether I’m scoring goals or not. PES2011 doesn’t care if my strikers are about as useful in front of goal as Mr Blobby on Night Nurse. PES2011 is quite happy for the ball to be bogged down in midfield for several in-game minutes, rather than endlessly sweeping left and right like windscreen wipers.
All of the traditional PES values have been watered down in nuPES – arguably, even removed completely. So PES2011 is a pretty formidable transition for the PES gamer who has spent 4 years playing Konami’s Super Online Soccerball Panini Simulator, or whatever the hell it’s called these days.
Unfair? No. Not even close to being unfair.
But I continue. FIFA18, and whatever secrets it holds (if any), can wait.
The table is interesting at mid-season:
I doubt anyone’s catching the Villa this season, but the other two promotion spots are well within my reach. No playoffs in PES2011, remember, so it’s top 3 or bust as far as promotion goes.