As I’ve stated earlier, I’ve only had the game for a couple of days, so am in no position to offer a full and definitive review of the game yet. I am going to try my best to put something together for Thursday evening inbetween my day job and social life.
In the meantime, I am available to provide answers to basic questions about the game now. I’ll try to organise my thoughts in sections for you to ask more questions about up to Thursday. I don’t want to say too much about various subjective topics such as shooting, passing, dribbling etc as I’ve not formed enough of an opinion on them yet and don’t want to mislead anyone. It would be completely remiss of me to present the game in either a good or bad light without having the strength of conviction in my thoughts.
Exhibition Match – CPU or friends offline
Ranking Match – Online friendlies
Friendly Match Lobby – against online players in matches with customised settings (i’m hoping this is to filter against Barca Boys!)
Watch Exhibition Match – CPU vs CPU (why would you??)
Copa Santander Libertadores:
Become a Legend
Master League Online
Cup – The usual Cup competitions
That’s the full list of the actual gameplay modes. I’ve not got time to go into Editing mode – apologies there.
But first thing to note – I can confirm that League mode is gone.
Hugo Ribeiro – Sorry but you can’t play a standalone Europa League mode.
Master League mode:
I can also confirm that there is a new menu option called “Items” which comprises of:
Shop:There are 18 different elements you can purchase to help boost player stats. Items such as Stop Watch, Free Weights, Mini Goals and Training Poles. Once you purchase these items they need to be equipped in order for them to take effect.
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I would like to add that all of these additions – the boots, the item list etc – they don’t have to be played around with. You can choose to ignore them completely and just play as you normally would in ML mode. You aren’t forced to pick boots for your players. It’s about indulging yourself in finer detail, or just continuing as you were – you have a choice.
Consumable Items (currently greyed out for me)
Equipping Items (shows all equipped items)
Boots (Shows a list of the boots you have available. It appears to be the case that only ONE player can wear a single pair of boots in your Item List. Just how this will work out, I have no idea, but just providing facts and figures for now)
I haven’t followed the arguments or furore over boots from WENB, so am not sure what the issues are. As it stands, given my limited experience with Master League so far, it seems like the direction taken in the game is aimed at providing more immersion in the daily training and dealings with footballers. I’m not sure if this feature can be toggled on or off as yet either, though I don’t think it can. Perhaps there could be room to get this level of immersion set as an option later, but just reporting things as they are.
Whilst on Master League, a feature which I can give a huge thumbs up to is in the Negotiations area. The Scouting Report area for player stats info shows a percentage chance of purchasing all players. This is a very useful feature as it means you can focus your time on realistic targets rather than waste valuable transfer period time chasing players who won’t sign for you.
Feel free to fire more questions my way, but please bear in mind that questions on passing/shooting etc are more difficult for me to answer at this stage definitively. I would like to add that I am currently enjoying my PES sessions, and am building up my list of likes and dislikes to provide a balanced review. I can’t go into them right now as I don’t want to prejudice my review, or to send out the wrong signals.
Thanks for reading.