Konami Strike Again

So all was going well, PES 2021, modded up to the eyeballs, on PC, Ultra high graphics, looking the nuts, had started a ‘test’ master League with EC Bahia in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, new players, a pool of players across South America I hadn’t heard of, including the youth team, using the ICMP/Holland game play mod, fouls were there, it was all going really well, very enjoyable, so much so, that i was planning to carry on with this ML, and make it my main, season long journey, then, of course in true Konami style, it all went tits up.

the gameplay mod introduces some fouls at least

You see, there is a bug within the game, that causes Bal and ML modes to inadvertently crash randomly, I’ve experienced it a few times, and the way i got around it was by skipping or simming the next match, which up until now, cured the crash, I was allowed to then carry on through the season, not ideal as simming matches takes the result out of your hands, and if you are playing a cup match, or pushing for a title, this could go against you, but at least it allowed me to progress my ML, I only had to sim 2 matches up to the halfway season point.
However, I reached a point where this method no longer worked, the game crashed back to desktop at the same point every single time.

Konami have put out statements on social media that they are looking into it, but a ‘hotfix’ for PC was to delete various system files, update the gate, and restart a ML ….

Yes!! delete your edit and ML save files and restart, Konami want every user experiencing crashes to just ditch 2 plus weeks worth of playing, all transfers, tactics, training plans, matches everything and restart, that’s their fix!?
Find it incredulous that a multi million dollar developer cannot issue a fix in their own game without everyone having to waste all that time with their progress, but as i couldn’t continue, I indeed had to ditch my promising ML, and delete the files.
Who knows if this will actually resolve the issue.

So, as of now, i have not bothered restarting a new ML, I will wait another 2 weeks for data pack 1 and all the transfers to be fixed before starting, and then, maybe Brazil again, maybe England, undecided.

In the meantime, here’s a short compilation of goals scored before my ML ended:

I have an EA Play subscription, so was granted early access to a 10 hour trial of FIFA 21, must say, early impressions, on PS4 at least, are not that great.
The game feels very frantic, and arcadey, and the new agile dribbling mechanic is awful, and I have no idea what EA are thinking but the pitch turfs are horrendous, a washed out, dull, drab kind of sage green/grey colour, completely unrealistic and lifeless, never seen a top flight pitch like that in my life.
So if I do play FIFA 21 for the long haul, it will have to be on PC, with a reshader, and mods, and the modding situation is in limbo right now.

Whilst working at home, I setup my laptop at the kitchen table, easy access to plug sockets for chargers, and can use my macbook as a second screen when needed, but take my lunchbreak, and sit in the living room, whilst I’m lunching I’ve been watching several footy documentaries on Amazon and Netflix, I started off with the Spurs one, always fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes at an elite football club, and my hatred of Mourinho has changed since watching, he’s not actually the asshole he appears to be.

Next up after that was the Man City one, never realised Pep’s team talks would be so boring and uninspiring, and currently halfway through the Sunderland ’til I die series, also never realised the club was in such a dire situation, and after watching the Spurs and City shows, Sunderland’s facilities look like a working mans club.

As I type, I am downloading the new Mafia: Definitive edition, which looks insanely good, always nice to have something other than footy as an alternative.

24 thoughts on “Konami Strike Again”

  1. Strange, my Fish gardening pun from this morning in the previous post didn’t show up in the Latest Chatter. Hopefully the multi million pound company that owns this blog can fix the issue 😉


  2. Even weirder, now I’ve posted the above it showed, but that one didn’t. Is the Latest Chatter one comment behind?


  3. Paul – this is just abysmal again by konami. No words. I’ve been playing league so far with the v4 by Holland and it plays a very good game. Won’t be going near mL anymore till there is a fix.

    Also went for Amazon prime like you have , dirt cheap and with some very good content. Currently watching the spurs documentary as well, fascinating stuff.


  4. The Fish pun was being examined by the marillion overseers for blasphemy. We let it pass though, Hogarth has taken them places they’d have never reached. I believe fish is now all but retired, but live music feels a lifetime away for everyone. Apparently jim Kerr enjoys his garden too.

    Btw the corona diaries podcast steve Hogarth does with his mate is excellent for its insight of life in the music business for someone who is not struggling but still needs to plan. The monotony of so much of it and the utter incompetence of those who run things. Rather like Konami.


  5. Chris99 – I’ve noticed sometimes the latest comment doesnt show up in the latest chatter box, its a wordpress widget bug, usually refreshing the page sorts it.


  6. #1 – It’s ridiculous, ML has always existed in this little contained bubble, any tactics changes, updates, patches, fixes etc dont affect an existing game, you are expected to start a brand new ML to be able to apply any of the changes, which is absurd.

    If a data pack for example in 6 months time, causes a ML glitch, will konami issue a fix then expect everyone to just ditch their current ML, 6 months worth to apply the fix?
    Beyond belief.

    I’m just playing friendlies, choosing all different teams all over the world, I installed the stadium server stadium pack, with over 500 stadiums in the game, i couldn’t even install them all as didn’t have space on my SSD drive for them all, but every stadium in the EPL, championship, France’s2 div’s, germany, spain, holland, brazil, argentina, greece, turkey, portugal …. all there!

    Will wait for Oct’s transfers and the data pack, and then start a ML, undecided who with yet though.

    I am using Hollands v3 exe with another DT18 file, I heard that there are responsiveness issues with V4, and some ball physics issues, one of the main reasons i shit all over PES20 and stopped playing it was the responsiveness, so don’t want to go back there again.
    I hear v5 has fixed all that and is out this weekend so will give that a try.

    So gutted my Bahia Brasilian ML had to end, I wa sflying with that and had just got the point where I was building team spirit and bonding with the players. Oh well.


  7. Still playing exhibition too. Bundesliga maybe out the window as my plan for a Dutch/Belgian superleague maybe on the cards, always said I would but chicken out usually. FC Den Bosch or and made up FC Zeeland


  8. No, I’m just me, sitting here editing the chile second division for strips from the 1980s while enjoying lasagne toasties and led zeppelin’s missing demo tapes….


  9. Paul – can only agree with you on all counts. Btw I don’t know if you have a HDD as well with more storage ? You can put the sider folder anywhere you want so maybe that would help. V5 is out now, just tried it but that one feels a bit sluggish, might go back to v4. Does that stadium pack have all eredivisie stadia as well? Sounds pretty good!

    Werd – FC Den Bosch is my hometown club, definitely go with them!


  10. On the Amazon Prime front I’m currently working my way through The Boys. Very entertaining, but there are more swear words than a Mourinho team talk.


  11. #1 – no standard HDD. I have a 250gb M 2 SSD I use for the OS. A 500GB SSD used for game files and just installed another 1Tb SSD for more game files. Will shiny be ordering a 2TB ssd too. Jist glad I opted for the modular PSU with plenty of spare connections. There’s 1 more spare sata slot on the motherboard too.

    My sider folder is just under 590GB. That includes all ballpark, over 340 balls, 500 stadiums, scoreboards, turfs, chants, goal music, graphics add ons kits etc. Yes that stadium pack has ALL eredivisie stadiums. If you want a preview if any let me know.


  12. CHRIS99 – my wife loves the boys. Always telling me about it. There’s one in particular with a penchant for the C word I believe ?!


  13. Paul – don’t mock they sound lush 🙂

    Turf -don’t mock that’s sound good 🙂

    #1 – Den Bosch it is then.
    reading loads about the floods in 54 and the land reclaimed after, also Lelystad built on a new island, Vinex and how the Netherlands is still reclaiming islands/Land now. Fascinating!


  14. dear oh dear Paul, how on earth can Konami manage barely to change the game but still introduce a multi season Master League-destroying bug? Beggars belief. Still, that camera angle you are playing on looks really good, close to the action but still showing enough of the pitch to pick a pass

    can imagine not-Greg giving a wry smile if he’s reading this, which he probably is, and we all end up playing PES this year


  15. Paul – That would be Billy Butcher. Yesterday’s episode saw him shout it several times at a beached whale before driving a speedboat into it. The scenes of everyone climbing out of the innards of the whale while it’s heart was still beating were gruesomely entertaining.
    Are any of those SSDs m2? Really impressed with my laptop one. Working from home from six months on my old laptop would have been a right faff.


  16. Abbeyhill – heres hoping the move to next gen and a new engine eradicate things like that. There’s no reason ML needs to be a contained entity.
    Can only imagine its limitations of konamis fox engine rather than intentional disruption.

    The camera angle is dynamic, I’m.using Nesa’s broadcast cam module with KnightMD’s ini file which has all the proper true to life broadcast angles for all Premier league and la liga stadiums.

    I also created my own entries for the Brazilian stadiums when I was playing the now dead Brazilian ML.


  17. Chris – yeah my wife mentioned the whale incident. Sounds crazy. Seen the new Free Guy movie trailer with Ryan Reynolds? Looks hilarious.

    Only my OS SSD is m.2 – it flies. Windows 10 starts up from cold in 8 secs. Almost mac book Pro performance.

    My motherboard only has one m.2 socket so the other SSD’s are not circuit mounted NVM like the m.2 is.


  18. Don’t know if anyone else has had to go for a drive thru Covid test but the one here was exactly how I’d imagine a post zombie apocalypse safe haven if it was contracted out and worth ten quid an hour.


  19. No, mini turf did. He has had a cough for a few weeks – likely all the plaster and sawdust from the renovations, but the gp wouldn’t see him until Covid had been ruled out. It was surprisingly efficient for an operation run by what seemed like entirely bored twenty somethings in hi vis. Booked in for half 6 last night, test centre 7 miles away, didn’t have to get out of the car, result (negative) back this afternoon. Of course the f’king gp is closed for ‘staff training’. In what I have no idea as they appear to be doing very little.

    It’s basically a giant cotton bud that you move all over your tonsils for ten seconds.


  20. I had a random letter from the NHS asking me to take part and take a free test, which they will deliver to my house and send a courier to pick it up, then send me the test results, so I’ve opted to take it, just awaiting delivery.

    Had my flu jab last friday too, so bound to get a cold soon.


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