I’ve played quite a bit since Tuesday’s post, but I only have the above screenshot of the current league table to show for it. There have been no on-field highlights worthy of recording.
I’ve played as many Europa League and FA Cup matches as league ones. I’m out of the Europa League at the time of writing, having disastrously lost one of my remaining group matches versus PSV. I then won the final match of the group but PSV won theirs, and so my players sank to the floor in the now-traditional gutted fashion.
I’m still in the FA Cup though, and more than fancy my chances of retaining the trophy for possibly the first time ever on a nuPES game. That would be a handy route back to Europe, as the league route seems unlikely.
In the league I’ve started flitting back and forth between Superstar and Top Player. I find Superstar just too hard and Top Player just too easy. I score lots of goals on the latter, too many. On the former, I score few goals — too few.
I’ve started holding L2 frequently to play manual passes and shots and they feel great. I have more than half a mind to formally switch to PA0 rightaway. I might give it a few sessions and see how I feel.
There are no other highlights to show or talk about really. I remain committed to PES2020, but am not yet dazzled by it. PES2020 does not so far seem to be, for me, a PES of great goals. Good goals, yes. There are many goals where I nod appreciatively and admire the way a passing move came together, or feel delighted that Jarvis has netted yet another (he’s the box finisher par excellence).
Regular readers will be very familiar with the kind of goal that has me figuratively leaping out of my seat (or literally doing so). Those goals are simply not allowed in PES2020. It frustrates and annoys me.
I’m over 4.5 Master League seasons into PES2020 now. Which is a lot of games. It’s reasonable now to assume that I have experienced a thoroughly representative sample of the game. The amount of goals I would count as great are… few. Perhaps one or two.
It’s a PES of context and player/team development rather than those super-duper wowser moments. Maybe that’s for the best, who knows?
Some bonus content today.
My PES PC project continues — but not the PC PES2020. I’m still gathering all the stadia and other files there. It’s a project that will mature sometime in 2020 itself. I have learned that the effective PC release date is somewhere around the turn of the year. Up until that point it is all about experimentation and assembling the many parts that go to make the whole. Which is its own kind of fun.
I have an ambition to install every PC version of PES, and pimp them out as much as possible. The first candidate is PES2013, which I would like to get running with the Jenkey patch and gameplay tool — still the best such that I have seen on any PC PES.
I installed PES2013, the 1.00 vanilla version, the other night, and recorded myself playing my traditional England vs Scotland opening match. Professional difficulty.
Take a look at the surprising outcome, with a moment at 10m35s that will amuse any reader who has been following the discussion here about PES2020 free kicks:
Yes, I got hammered — HAMMERED — 5-0, on Professional, on PES2013, by the AI. I remember the game being so easy in a matured ML that I didn’t really take this Exhibition match seriously enough, and got punished.
And here is that amusing moment if you don’t want to click through the video searching for it: