miguelfcp wrote:#976 reason for PES' decline as a simulation:
Overall ratings for players, yet another thing copied from FIFA that makes no sense. It welcomes gamers to make superficial judgements about the worth of players, as it's crucial for the success of your team to analyze every player's stat thoroughly in order to understand what he can and can't do on the pitch, and then elaborate a team strategy able to mitigate your players' weaknesses and highlight their strengths.
A 200cm tall guy whose only ability is strength and heading acc. is much more useful if my strategy is to play long balls and use him as a post player than a guy with many 70+ or 80 stats but short and weak on the aerial battle. Modern football games encourage us to pick the latter as his overall rating is so much better, but regardless of his overall I'd pick the first one because he fits my strategy better.
A great real-life example of this is Gabi from Atletico Madrid. He's not world class at absolutely anything expect for the fact he has lots of stamina, he's a great leader on the pitch and has one of the highest football IQs in the world - rarely ever commits mistakes with or without the ball, comprehends and applies the team strategy flawlessly, and knows whether to perform any individual action or not providing it benefits the team. If he hadn't this three qualities, he'd be playing for a mid-table La Liga team, and in real-life he can be considered an Atletico legend already. You'd certainly overlook a player similar to him in any modern football videogame because the overall rating would be rather poor, yet such a player could be decisive to step up your team's performance and counterbalance the fact that you have two or three young attacking midfielders with great dribbling but poor mental stats, a Gabi-like-player is going to act like the "glue" that combines natural talent and intelligent and therefore make the team act as a whole on the pitch.
Yeah, I can contest this one.
I have Galabinov up front in CF who is 73 ovr (overlevelled) and I use him frequently. Only has heading and captaincy skills, and his stats aren't great, but Body Contact stat? In the 90's. He is a cart-horse andf pretty clumsy, but I've used him so often I can get the best out of him. Coupled with that I can throw an online opponent off guard as he isn't a big name, and I bet a few of my opponents have seen his ovr and laughed, thinking I was dicking around. Can olay pretty tidilly with him that I can mix up play and not rely on his aerial ability. I'm not talking mazy dribbles but strength in firdt touch and decent link-up. This is not placebo.
I landed Petagna the other night. Big, bulky Atalanta CF whi is only 22. He is my next development project and levelas up past what Galabinov is capable of reaching.
As I wrote in my response to Reps I also have Fosu-Mensah at 78 ovr (overlevelled again) and I can have him play like Thuram at RB. Again, it isn't dome unrealistic ciding thing as I bet many woud struggle to use him over a couple of matches, but in sticking with him I have another player who can confuse opponents with him just being in my starting eleven.
Elsewhere, I have RMF Joao Carvalho (78 ovr overlevelled) and Nedelcu DMF (Steaua player, has a few good skills and stat balance for a DMF, 74 ovr)
Left footed CMF of choice? Ignacio Fernandez of River Plate. Can play him as a Beckham-like wide midfielder too. Little pace, but wonderful poise and range of passing.
Just a few examples from my squad who either don't break 80 ovr and are excellent players to try to learn to use, or if the develop past 80 had the tools anyway to be effective. Besides, Fernandez now being at 83 ovr feels good, given my investment in him.
I do agree with ovr's being front and centre and it vould without that. There are, however, many a cult player in the game.