Started off as Espanyol in div2 on normal difficulty.
I thought that starting with default team would counter the fact is was only on normal as my players were poor. I was wrong!
I won the league and only used youth team players. Aartman, Neillender, Wroughllen, 1 gk and two CBS. The problem is the players get too good far too quick.
After 3 seasons, some players went from 66 to 84 in just two seasons! The youth team develop wonderkids like they have the best of all youth academy's rolled into one! Also with micro boosting the players abilities get out of hand.
On my second season I won La Liga and the cup and whipped barca and Real more than any other team. It annoyed me as it was too easy and I only had the default team. The only way around it was to start again on Professional.
I didn't want to continue my game on Prof as i'd already won cups/promotion on Normal and it felt like cheating.
My best players were Aartman and Gezllaca Niellender the third.
Next I started on Professional with Southampton. (don't want to play as Arsenal with made up players)
I made a promise to myself. To not use micro boosting on players attributes ie to 99. Last game I boosted Mehmedi? Gave him boosts and boots and he was unstoppable, too fast!
I finished 7th in the league. Won the first three games, then it when wrong! I struggled with my default team at first, I kept on getting through balled all the time. I was used to my players being 75-80 plus. Aartman was amazing but now on this re-start he was only 16 and slow. Minandinho was so slow. Previously he could use a tiny bit of pace just to get a shot or pass off, now, pressing R1 was an Auto tackle waiting to happen!
I couldn't score with him. I had to adapt, I could only hold the ball up with him, nothing else. I would be in the box with space, press R1 and a phantom defender would ghost across and tackle him. I developed tarrets, f,in Minandinho I would say! On prof it was much harder but more rewarding. Previously on normal I could score any goal, how and where I wanted. I could use skills and score great goals. Now on Professional I had to adapt to a basic style (until my players improved) I almost got worse at the game, Technically. I wouldn't hold the ball up, twist and shoot or take on three players and lob the goalie.
I conceded nearly each game and poor Aartman could only run for a few yards then I had to pass. However Gazllezca and Neillender got good! I found that Gezllezca could pass and dribble for fun. Neillender became my strongest player and I then put him up front.
Second season my team was much improved. I had bought more wonderkids and goals were easier to come by. I still was conceding too many from set pieces and through balls. On prof, I forgot the offside trap and just positioned my defender goal side and 9/10 times could intercept the through ball.
I had Arsenal on the first cup game! I was doing so well 69% possession and the better of the chances but as soon as they got a sniff at goal they scored.
3 shots on target 3 goals!
I won the league by 9 points. Wroughllen top scorer, then Neillender, Gezllazca top assist by a mile, gave him passing player card-weighted pass. Orlaine was used only when on red behind the strikers, lurking with his S.Power 86!
I promoted nuno gomez and Govou from my youth academy and bought another two cheap youngsters. My team in 5 years will be unstoppable!
I got two 1 million pound coaches. On professional I only got 3 boots in one season. On normal about 8! I got less training points and win points also.
I have played my first game in the premiership and won 4-1 but played against a Champtioship team. Next - Man City!
I hope Professional is not too easy. By the end of the season I want to be in mid table and find the top teams nearly unbeatable. Only when my team is really good do I want to compete.
I remember playing Tottenham on professional with the default team. Aaron lennon killed me, I had to change my formation because of him. Then they brought Bale on the other wing.
If I win the League again first time or finish in the top 5 I will put the difficulty to top player. I used to play FIFA but the AI would cheat when on higher difficulty Settings. The developers were lazy and would just rank up the speed and response of the AI to make it harder.
What is Top player like? In Professional the other team still hoof the ball out of touch when pressured but do punish you when you make mistakes.
All in all I love PES 2013. It's the first PES since PES5 that I have played this much.
Since PES5 ive been buying both FIFA and PES but both haven't lasted more than 1 month in my console.
There is so much they could do to improve ML but they are headed in the right diresction.