My most recent session saw me handing a proper thumping to one of the trickiest AI teams to play against. Lowly Huddersfield have Regen Samuel Eto’o up front, and he is always a handful. I kept him quiet in this one using the trusty technique of ‘secondary pressure while tracking his runs’. And we ran out 6-1 winners, with Aduriz getting a hat-trick. Their goal was scripted, scripted, I’m telling ya.
In the same session, I also scored what might well be my Goal of PES2019. I stated in Friday’s post that I was saving all my great and good goals for a special End Of PES2019 compilation at the end of this week.
This goal is too special to bury in a compilation. It has to be shown off on its own. I’ve been trying to score this kind of goal from the start, and finally did score it. Here it is – the goal comes seconds after kick-off:
Not quite postage-stamp, but still a true laces-hit long-ranger, one of my very few scored in PES2019. I’m giving it a solid 9/10 in the Gallery of Long-Rangers. Testament to the great truth that if you keep buying tickets, sooner or later you will win the raffle.
I have indeed scored quite a few goals from distance in PES2019, compared to previous nuPES editions – but most have been R2 curlers, and most of them came in the first few months, before Konami nerfed them almost to oblivion.
When this ‘true’ long-ranger went in… longtime readers can well imagine just how pleased I was. It was the kind of moment that I play PES for.
Results have been good, but from 13 points behind with 5 matches remaining, I’m not catching Chelsea now. I’ll do well to finish in the top 4. The table:
A slight tweak to my formation has helped improve results. I’ve made more of a connection between back and front by pulling the two wide AMFs back to the halfway line, and made one a CMF and the other an RMF.
I’ve used two specialist players for the roles.
Benat (the scorer of the 35-yarder) takes the CMF role on the left.
The RMF is a Loanee, G Acosta, who has a great turn of pace and a wicked crossing foot that’s almost Beckhamesque in the execution.
The goals have flowed and with them the enjoyment. Classic PES was never noticeably frustrating when it limited the player’s scoring rates, which it blatantly did and still does under certain circumstances. (If you doubt this, consider the last time you had a winning run of X matches in Master League, and how that winning run of X matches came to an end. No, you were never going to score in that match, were you?)
NuPES certainly is a frustrating affair when its internal flag is set to ‘inhibit human player goal-scoring’. It’s always nice to be out of that zone.
I’m in the Champions League semi-final. I head for my final session on PES2019 (ahem, probably) with a good feeling about the game, and no regret for the hundreds of hours I’ve spent on it again this year. Friday will be the finale.