PES News: Does Player attributes in PES really matters?

Does Player attributes in PES really matters? How much effect does it have in each match?

I am currently into half a season with Lazio, a team consisting of decent players, with no real superstars. Players with the higher attribute ratings include Matuzalem (84), Ledesma (83), Hernanes (80) and Klose (80). While Matuzalem, Ledesma and Hernanes have performed well in my team, playing almost every match, I seem to have some problems getting the best out of Klose.

In real life, Klose has been a relevation at Lazio, scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances in his first season. However, I have been unable to score a goal with him, despite starting him in almost every match! Probably similar to the situation faced by Fernando Torres in Chelsea during the early part of the season, I have to drop Klose on certain occasions to save my season. In came players with lower attribute ratings such as Rocchi (72) and Makinwa (67), and they have each scored a couple of goals! Even Kozak scored 2 goals despite a rating of jus 64.

This is rather disappointing, in my opinion. Klose is a great player to control in PES and I would love to score a few goals with him. Perhaps his strengths does not suit my style of play. I put much emphasis on speed, which probably benefited smaller, more agile players such as Rocchi and Makinwa. Klose plays much better as a target man. I tried to play to his strengths by playing long balls to him and crossing balls into the box, yet it didn’t work out for me thus far. One reason would probably be the lack of quality wingers in the current Lazio team in PES 2012. This will be an area for me to strengthen during the next upcoming transfer window.

As reality in the soccer world has shown, ‘star’ signings may not work out all the time. The strengths of the shortlisted player would have to match the style of your play, before making the decision to sign him. The level of ratings will take a back seat in this case. And because of this aspect of PES, teams with tight budgets will be able to uncover under-rated players with below average attribute ratings, but possess specific strengths to complement your playing style and bring victories to your team. Examples include playing tall, strong players as DM/CB, accurate passers as CM, and fast players as WF to launch counterattacks.

PES Skill: Pes Teammate Control

Spain is well-admired by fans for their beautiful attacking plays and passing moves. In this post, we shall explore how we can recreate these attacking moves in PES, using the feature ‘Teammate Controls’

Lets take a look at the two options

Assisted

Push Right Analog Stick in the direction of the selected teammate and press the Right Analog Stick. This will command the selected player to make a straight run towards goal.

Manual

Push Right Analog Stick in the direction of the selected teammate and press the Right Analog Stick. You can now control his movement with the Right Analog Stick. Letting go of the Right Analog Stick will command the selected player to make a run in the direction of the last held direction. You can also control the ball carrier concurrently with the Left Analog Stick.

Analysis

Assisted teammate controls is an easier option. You can command players to make forward runs quickly to aid your attacking moves. This works in a similar way to pressing L1 in the FIFA series. However, as your teammates will only make forward runs, there is predictability in your attacking moves, and thus your attacking options are rather limited.

Manual teammate controls give you the freedom to control your teammates, and command him to make a run into open space. As you have full control, you are able to exploit space and bring about more unpredictability in your attacking play. You can also draw markers away by making decoy runs. Opponents will be confused and you will have more opportunities to score. The downside is that it is rather hard to execute, as you have to control both the ball carrier and the teammate at the same time. In tight situations, this may lead you to lose possession of the ball.

There is no hard and fast rule on which option is better. Ultimately it depends on your style of play in PES. If the pace of your game is fast, the Assisted option might be better as you can execute player runs and make passes quickly. If you prefer to play accurate passes and split the opponent’s defence, manual teammate controls will give you more satisfaction. Currently I prefer the manual option as I would like to attempt recreating the beautiful pass and move attacking plays seen in Euro 2012.