Well, it’s been four months plus since a new post, and that last one was merely to whine about the state of FIFA online, nothing has changed in that respect, I simply haven’t been playing any career-mode orientated games, or anything that was bloggable, I was playing FIFA FUT most days, but EA have crippled the game so much since release that it is now a mush of complete unrealistic BS, where having skill or playing the game tactically does nothing, you will only win if you pay-to-win and amass the fastest players on earth who can and will dribble past you with ease, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
In the last FIFA patch, EA apparently fixed long range shots, as they were too accurate and too easy, and they were, people were scoring from all kinds of distances online with regularity, I waited for the 4.6GB patch to install then booted up, first opponent in FUT, 4-2-4 formation, Salah, Neymar, MBappé and Benzema up to, quite obvious what was gonna happen.
I lost 3-0, to he had 3 shots on goal all game, i closed him down, blocked passing lanes, tracked his runs, didn’t let him use his speedy players, but he scored three 40 yard shots into the top corner, all with MBappé, so much for the patch, I haven’t loaded up FIFA since that day.
Needing a footy gaming fix in the background always, the only other option was to revert back to PES 21, I had removed it off my PC so the laborious task of re-installing and then downloading all 220GB of the VirtuaRed 4.1 patch was underway, a few install issues with stadiums fixed, and was finally back underway.
I personally think that PES 20/21 was the best game in the series, ever, none of this PES 5 adoration, with its 8 way clunky dribbling, rock hard nets,, supersonic speeds and stoppages every 5 secs, it may have had AI advanced for its time, but it just does not hold up these days.
Remember, PES21, is PES20, the absolute same game, just with a roster update, remember they took a year out t devise this grand plan for ML and PES, so much for all that.
PES 20 was released back in 2019, so a game 3 years old, is still going strong, and the PC modding community are still releasing game play patches and graphics, and add-ons etc to this very day, testament to how well it plays, and it was certainly a refreshing change playing t again after the insane pinball of online FIFA.
I chose to return Rafa to the North East, and use the Arab billions to follow real life and turn the Toon into a world footballing powerhouse, I gave myself maximum budget and started with the proper club players, no ML defaults in sight.
Upon starting this new ML adventure I immediately remembered just how lackadaisical and unbothered Konami became towards the end of PES, as choosing the ‘fairly large’ transfer budget, which was the highest choice possible, gave me a £220mil starting transfer budget, not too bad, can work with that, but to go with that, only a piss poor 200k wage budget!!!! Which immediately ruled out making any marquee signings.
Every decent player commands more than 200k a week salary (I chose salary to be weekly not yearly), so was immediately limited as to who I could try to sign, I ended up picking off a few ‘end-of-lifers’ and signed CB Bhurkal, and CF Higuain, who was a bit of a coupé, only on a 2 year deal, but he will be useful as a big target man, lastly in the door was Montiell, a decent pacey RB.
As per standard, I shipped a few dead woods out of the door and recouped a few quid.
I’m playing on Professional level, as all those months of FIFA muscle memory and ways of doing things need to be slowly readjusted, and I’m also using the ‘eSim Beyond revolution’ game play patch which adds extra AI difficulty, tweaks ball trajectories, improves reaction times etc, so far so good, but definitely difficult enough, shown by my opening results.
After 3 defeats in our opening 3 games, we picked up a well earned 2-0 win at Tottenham, followed by a confident 3-0 drubbing of Palace, hopefully the muscle memory is easing, I’m adjusting back into PES’s more realistic and considered approach, and the TS (Team Spirit) rating will rise, its currently at 61, which is awful, players don’t make the runs, everything’s a bit static, and passes and shots are more inaccurate, there are patches that remove the TS, but I can’t be bothered, it’s crude in its implementation but does make some realism sense, I will grind on.
A couple of goals and highlights from the opening few matches to finish off with, including a nicely taken goal by Higuain: