Look at this table below. It’s not just about where I am (if I don’t win the title this season, I’ll be having a serious word with myself). But just see the Losses column:
Could it be that…? Might I manage to…? You know…? One of those seasons… That unmentionable word… I’m not saying it.
I could do it, as I’m not sure if PES2016 has much left to really test me anymore. That’s tempting fate in a huge way, as we all know what the game is capable of doing. Sooner or later I’ll get the peculiar game where nothing I try seems to work and the AI snatches a goal that it defends to the death. I wonder if that is inevitable?
I’ve been helped by having a really strong squad. I’ve stopped puzzling over the lack of 90+ OPR players. The rating system is changed now. The 80s are the new 90s in Pro Evo — until Konami changes it all again, which they doubtless will.
The power of habit is strong. Since the dawn of Master League, most Defaults have been rubbish for so long that most of us have a habit of looking to sell them all for as good a price as possible as early as possible. Many ML veterans will therefore have moved their Castledines on as soon as the first good offers arrived in the early seasons. Bet you’re sorry now, eh?
It’s a toss-up between Castledine and Aimar as to who will be my first 90-rated player. Both are on 88 at the moment and both still growing. A few regular readers of the blog vouched for Aimar when I first promoted him from the Youths, and he is indeed becoming a game-changer.
The Champions League has started. I’ve won all three of the opening ties and am top of the group table. I don’t anticipate trouble in the Champions League until the knockout stages. I’m also through the first few rounds of the FA Cup. The Treble is still on.
One of this season’s Youth promotees, Lopez, came on towards the end of a tough league derby match at Villa. A rare daytime game was heading for 0-0 when I got an even rarer free kick. It’s common for me to play entire sessions of 5 matches without having a single free kick. Excited, I was.
My usual free-kicker, Castledine, was being rested (blue-arrowed, I think). The game auto-selected Embolo as the kicker, but I checked and saw the lad Lopez had some ability. I slotted him in as the kicker. This free kick would be his very first touch of his whole professional career. Could he…?
Indeed, that side of the Villa wall were all midgets. But you’ve still got to put them away. (The goals, not the midgets.)
I’m having a decent time with the game at the moment, chiefly because I had to leave a gap of a few days in playing it over the weekend. I didn’t play Friday either, so when I booted up Monday morning it had been four days since my last footy gaming action.
It felt really good, so good that I’m heeding the message and trying to leave gaps of a day or two here and there. I still have Metal Gear Solid V to finish.
Any football game would buckle under the kind of scrutiny I’ve brought to bear on PES2016. But I remain profoundly unimpressed with the elements of PES2016 that are self-evidently made to meet multiplayer expectations. I plan to moan about this forever. No-fouls football is an abomination.