And we’re back. I thought January would never come. Only another 11 months before the return of Fairytale of New York on a continuous loop.
I’ve played quite a bit of my Master League Season 8. Christmas and New Year is quite an intensive footy gaming period for me, as a football game is perfect to pick up for the odd 30 minutes or an hour that you manage to get to yourself.
I’m still feeling as if this is my last season on the PS4. And now that the year has turned, I feel it’s time to formally acknowledge that PES2020 is not The One and stands very little chance of being esteemed as The One. ‘The One’ being a shorthand placeholder phrase that encapsulates a common PES-fan hope and desire.
The One is held to be ‘a new PES game that fulfils the spirit and actuality of the Golden Age of PES, whilst somehow still staying up to date and relevant in the current era’.
PES2020 is not The One. It’s not even close to being The One. I’d currently rank it 3rd in the list of Best PS4 PES games. PES2019 and PES2015 would take 1st and 2nd for me. Then PES2020 in 3rd. Followed by PES2017, then PES2018, and PES2016 last.
I think I’m being slightly unkind to PES2017 by only giving it 4th place behind PES2020. Let’s see how the final judgement goes come August.
PES2020 is just too plodding and pedestrian, frankly, for it ever be The One. The standard of goals is poor. They’re 98% of the team goal/tap-in variety. They can be great in context, proper footballing goals – no quibbles there – but there is no variety to them. PES2020 exerts a balancing stranglehold over shooting from greater than 20 yards.
I did get a couple of very nice >20 yard strikes from Lobato in one match – the only such goals that I can remember all season:
And look what happened for the first time – as the post title says, I’ve waited almost 500 matches of PES2020 for this reasonably common footballing event to happen:
Yes, I just had to miss it, even after peeking at the assist reticule.
I’ve crashed out of the Champions League. I didn’t even finish 3rd in the group, so no Europa parachute. I started the season on Superstar, then switched to Top Player/PA0, remember, but the quality of play on both settings wasn’t great.
With about a third of my final PS4 season remaining, I have started to make up the ground I lost from being in Superstar at the start. I think results are already going my way, and this 9-point gap will close dramatically:
Back to normal service on Tuesday, and a normal-length and normal-feeling post. My hop over to the PC platform is just around the corner, though, so ‘normal’ won’t last long into January.