So my current feeling is that this is certainly my last season on PES2019. The Charity Shield win at the start of this season technically satisfies my declared wish for a trophy before quitting the game. It was almost as if a friendly spirit was saying ‘will this do?’ I think it might, you know. I think it might.
What has kept me going through all these seasons has mainly been the affinity factor. Getting to know my crop of players in PES2019 has been one of the most rewarding Master League experiences of my PES-playing life. The way Gomez dominated the early seasons. Then the way Forlan eclipsed Gomez and become one of the greatest strikers I’ve ever played with in any Master League. Forlan of PES2019 has long since surpassed Forlan of PES2012. (Nobody will ever exceed Bergkamp of PES5, for the record.)
But there’s also Robben, a player who can be anonymous for a few matches but then have one match where he dominates and is decisive. And of course Castledine, a wonderful all-round AMF and the best incarnation of Master League’s eternal Cas-man since the original Castello. There’s Fazio, a big stopper so strong and dependable that when he’s out for whatever reason, I notice he’s out. Remember Lincoln from the early seasons? I only moved him on because I was trying to wrest control of the finances. I wish I’d kept him now. This has been a great Master League for the individuals, the best such, overall, since PES2015.
Season 13 will almost certainly be the last one now whatever happens, as I do feel fatigued with the game as a whole. Tending to my squad and seeing the players through matches isn’t enough on its own to keep me going here.
Knowing it’s the last one (almost certainly) gives the passage of time an extra frisson. I believe I will be thereabouts for the league again this season. Looks like Spurs are this year’s runaway leaders who need to be caught up with:I’m reasonably happy with my defensive record so far this season, My goal-scoring needs to pick up if I’m to storm up the table in classic Master League style.
The Team of the Month for November told the story of the league so far in miniature:Those players from the lesser and newly promoted clubs – Leeds, Cardiff, Huddersfield et al – show just how tough the matches are against them. I was beaten quite badly by Leeds and Huddersfield, and I struggled to a scrappy win against Cardiff. Three of the hardest matches I’ll play in all of this footy game year.
Time being at a premium again for the next week or so, this final season might take a while to play out. I’m estimating Easter will see the culmination of PES2019.