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A bit of a conundrum

Yes, that image above is a live capture of my Tv, showing me downloading a purchased efootball PES 2021 off Steam.
I know I said recently I’d never buy another PES game again, until they radically sort their shit out, and PES21 is just a repackaged PES20, but, I have a bit of a conundrum.

FIFA21 does not release until mid October, by which point there will be less than a month until the PS5 release, my beloved wife wants to buy me one for Xmas, if only we could get hold of any, so realistically, it would be Jan before I could start a proper Career Mode in FIFA21 on the PS5, it would not be worth getting the PS4 version in October, only to then have to ditch 2 months worth of progress, time is valuable.

Also, on the PC front, the developer of the Frosty toolsuite that allows such in-depth modding of FIFA has now gone to work for EA, relinquishing all Frosty development, the mod creator by the name of FIFER is working on his own modding tools, to take over from Frosty, well he’s paying a developer to work on one, so realistically it could be months, maybe 6 or more, after FIFA 21 is released, before we can mod the game in any kind of way.
With me needing a footy game fix, that leaves me with a couple of choices, either wait for ages for FIFA, or try and squeeze some form of make-do-until-then pleasure from PES.

I bought eFootball PES 2021: Season Update, to give it it’s full title, off Steam, I still think £25 for the exact same game that was £45 last year is a piss-take, so I used CDKeys, and got it for £15, that’s the price of 2 pints down this way, so thought may as well.
I also ported across the Sider folder from my PES20 installation, all 370+ GB of it, which is the ‘Ultimate Patch AIO’ mod, it has everything, all the new kits, faces, goal songs, crowd chants, menu themes, badges, and I downloaded the additional stadiums pack which is quite simply, unbelievable, 511 stadiums, pretty much every stadium for ever club in the game, Turkish, English, French, Brazilian, Argentinian, Spanish, German etc, and for multiple divisions, every EFL Championship team, and every Premier League team has their proper stadium complete with flares, banners, and all proper adboards.

After playing PES20 with the above mentioned mods for a week, I was enjoying all the visual aspects, but gameplay still irked me, mainly the complete lack of responsiveness, dribbling was impossible, and being out of the PES loop for so long i visited the evo-web forum and it turned out that the latest Konami data pack, DP8, totally broke the game, made players unresponsive, sluggish and just ruined it, and all the early reports of PES 21 stated that although it was the same game,. DP8, in effect had been removed and the games responsiveness polished up, along with a few other tweaks.

This was certainly evident when I first played PES 21, most of my gripes about the game, had seemed to be either fixed, or vastly improved, the AI, and teams tactical shape and movement still leaves a lot to be desired, but overall the actual core gameplay felt quite solid and fun again, we will have to wait for the PS5 and PES 2022 on the new unreal engine, for any major changes, hence the rebrand of PES20 with a few minor tweaks into PES 21,, but the changes have made this game playable again, and after only playing PES20 for a short time before moving to FIFA, for me, along with the superb mods, it feels quite new again.

So, for the short term future at least, i shall be starting a new Season 20/21 Master League, on PES 21, on PC, with Super mods.
One drawback to this is that Konami do not release a data pack with the finalised transfers until 22nd October, so to have a realistic ML, with the likes of Havertz, Kiyech, Silva, at Chelsea, DeBeek at Utd, Ake at City, Thiago at Liverpool etc, I will have to wait until the October update before starting a ML.

Who would have thought, a few months ago, balls deep into a superb FIFA 20 CM on PC, that today I would be about to start a PES 21 ML, it has been a funny old year for sure.

Below is a short video of just a few highlights and nice moments from the PC modded PES21, using a couple of different teams, I have had to use Windows10 game capture facility, as the NVidia GeForce recording s/w has been playing up and for some reason wont initiate when playing PES21, and the win10 s/w only captures at 1080p, not the 2k footage I usually use, so not sure if it will do the game justice, but trust me, it looks so sharp, vibrant and clear, and moves beautifully.

The below footage, when live was played at 2560 x 1460 resolution, Ultra high settings, and with a LoD maximiser mod installed.

15 thoughts on “A bit of a conundrum”

  1. Haha Paul, this year gets weirder and weirder!! I am sure we will all be reading with bated breath to find out what happens next with you and PES but sounds like a promising start, I’ll watch the video later

    Out of interest though why not FIFA21 on PC? Even without all the Frosty mods it would surely be comparable with the PS5 edition with graphics at least as good on your decent rig. Or are there meant to be gameplay enhancements on PS5 that we’re not getting elsewhere?


  2. I wish PES Chronicles was still up so I could remind myself exactly what that comment was that brought to an end n-G’s decade of posts. Something about how you’d have to be mentally ill to put money in the Konami coffers for another PES wasn’t it?

    What a shame.


  3. Abbeyhill – after experiencing the sumptuous nature of modded FIFA on PC, I couldnt play a vanilla version, and if I did start a career on the vanilla, would have to ditch it again when/if the mods came out. Just isn’t worth the hassle and lost time.


  4. Shed – actually no, only NG knows why he decided to go AWOL, but i highly doubt that it was because I said that PES was wasn’t ever worth buying againb, and if it was, then quite frankly, you shouldn’t be running a public blog if peoples honest, and justified comments offend you so much.

    I actually commented on I think it was Tommy’s post, saying how it always amused me that PES fanboys will defend the game no matter how bad it is, and at the same time, criticise FIFA for things which simply aren’t true.
    Again, fact.

    my forage back into PES21 Ml might only last 3 weeks, who knows, as its the same game, just tweaked a little to make it actually playable, with the now FIFA levels of presentation thanks to some mods, but the ML mode will still be the same shit, hollow, stale empty mode that i’ve always criticised it as being, maybe no amount of aesthetics can gloss over that turd, we will see, all i know for sure is that i want a football game to play, that suits my needs at thids moment in time.

    It will be another year before another PES surfaces, PES 2022 on next gen PS5, running on a brand new engine, if konami balls that up, with all that time, to produce a game, and all that processing power, and still deliver an unfinished, crapheap of a game, then I simply wont buy it, or another PES product ever again.

    As it stands ive paid the price of 2 pints for something that will keep me going for maybe a year, maybe 3 weeks, and thats my perogative, if it offends NG or anyone else, then thats their problem, not mine.


  5. I think it was simply that NG had a lot on with work, long hours/grief, etc and didn’t want the blog to add to it. Ie. If it ran with minimal input then all well and good but otherwise he just couldn’t be chewed. (Disclaimer: I’m not NG, this isn’t a keyzer soze thing).

    I haven’t had a pint for a long time but blimey, I’m glad I don’t get mashed in Milton Keynes. It is a disgraceful piss take that they are selling a skin and database for what is effectively a full price game outside of release week (15.99 is currently the ps store cost of loads of top stuff). Not tempted, in fact the only reason the PS4 is still not in the mini turf room is fifa and my Italian adventure. Soon as that feels stale then I’ll have to let it go.


  6. Turf – thats how I took NG’s departure too. More if a work/life imbalance what with the current situation and him working in the NHS. Mires rather than taking offence at anything.

    That’s why I have a beer machine in the cinema room. Kegs are 8 quid and hold 4 pints.


  7. Finished 12th in serie A in my first season. The board were delighted. Rocky start but by the end I was doing ok, and I’d shipped out a load of overpaid mediocrity. Brought in a fair few players for season two but very few free transfers as the scout just refused to work. Very strange as it was fine at Blackburn.


  8. Must be some kind of bug carried over from wherever you moved from Turf.
    When I moved clubs in FIFA20 the league table got stuck.
    I moved to athletico from Palace and later in the season viewed the English Premier league table to see how my old club were doing and it was stuck at the point where I left, ie teams had only played 6 games, and it was late Feb. Weird.


  9. Good job Turf although I suspect these glitches are there to punish you for lack of club loyalty. In a first for me I have taken the England international job alongside my role at Exeter to bring the final season and a quarter to a fitting conclusion.


  10. Abbeyhill – I’ve never taken an international job eithe rin FIFA or PES, thi year with FIFA 20 CM winding down was the only time I’d ever switched clubs in a game.
    It feels more of a hinderance than a valuable role and amusing you get the England job as manage rof Exeter!


  11. That would be European Giants Exeter City to you Paul! Yeah I never normally bother with international management but thought it would be a great way to round off the final season of an epic career. A bit like when Sir Bobby took the England job after 13 years at Ipswich


  12. Clotted cream and jam scones being brought in from nearby neighbours eh Abbeyhill!?!
    Sounds like an epic CM.

    This next years footy gaming really is up in arms with the current situation with fifas modding tools discontinued, the ps5, or lack of availability, etc.


  13. Abbeyhill – absolutely, the game is about me not Blackburn rovers. You be a Dario gradi all you like. Sure you’ll be loved in some small quarter of the south west but you’ll not be celebrated as a giant of the modern game. You’ll never see your name in world soccer as breaking records with multiple clubs, like ancelotti, lippi and turf. I almost applied for the Roma job but I thought three in one year was a bit sleazy. And they gave me an £80m transfer budget.

    I have been attempting to work while the house is in uproar and inevitably turned to pc gaming after all of half an hour. Trying to get back into crusaders kings 2 is ridiculously hard, I barely know where any of the buttons are let alone what to do. Pc gaming is just too much like work.


  14. Well this is surprising to say the least. Have to say this has triggered me to reconsider buying Pes 21 as well, especially the bit about responsiveness. The rest is as shite as pes20 then, correct? I still need my footy fix dammit…I just don’t fancy waiting ages to start an ML. Might do some big transfers myself and screw the rest.


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