Season 7 dawns, and with it a decisive moment in my Master League history. Which way to go with my squad? Do I spend the money on new and better players, or stick with what I’ve got and see if can get them to the pinnacle of PES?
I could go the spend-spend-spend route. I have silly money in the bank – currently close to £100m. And I have received a bid of £160m for my inconsistent and stamina-challenged Lobato. My wages budget would easily handle a couple of superstars coming in.
Which way do I turn?
There’s no decision really. I have chosen to continue on my way. I’ve had plenty of PESes where I’ve spent my way to glory. This ML will be something different. The squad you see below is the squad that will finish this ML. Defaults and Journeymen and Youths (DJY).
I’m counting the big-name Regens as Youths, because that’s what they still are. I have 3 Youth Regens out on loan who will return at the end of the season. Vardy, Arnautovic, and Romero. I’ll decide then which ones to keep, if any, and move the others on.
Regen van Persie is really coming good now. See his Goal of the Month contender in the clip below. He currently starts most games in place of either Lincoln or Lobato, as one of them is invariably unfit or off form.
The Europa League got underway with a win in my opening fixture. True to my word.I started well in last year’s attempt at getting somewhere and doing something in this tournament, before it all fell apart when I met the big boys of the group. This year I’m in a group with Borussia Dortmund. I want at least 4 points against them. I’m still on Top Player so I feel confident.
Here is the current league table after just 4 matches –I played another match after this screenshot and won it, so I’m up in 2nd now.
All the talk in recent weeks about the PC version of the game and the endless modding possibilities that it offers. With all the delights on offer on that open platform, some might have wondered why I’m still perservering with the PS4 console version and all its limitations. There are many reasons why I still love the PS4 and still feel the urge to finish my ML on it before moving on (and we’ll see how that goes).
Here’s a little compilation vid of 4 moments from my recent session that sums up why I’m still a committed console PES gamer right now:
First we see Casteldine performing a lovely bit of skill. Then Lobato scoring what must be my lowest-ever free kick from that close in. Then Regen van Persie’s sublime outside-of-the-boot finish into the top corner from 23.5 yards. And finally Schone scores his first goal for me with a beaut of a half-volley.
I hope that whenever Peter Drury’s wife asks him if the postman has been yet, the answer is: ‘He’s delivered all right!’