Here is something different for PES Club Manager content. Instead of a guide, I want to share my biggest concerns with this game. Even though I still enjoy PES Club Manager and regard it as the best football manager game out there, it is by no means perfect.
I greatly appreciate that over the past number of months, Konami has been releasing engaging events on a regular basis and was rather generous with the amount of free rewards given to us players. I also liked the move by Konami to update the 2018-19 player ratings 4 times this season, instead of the previous twice a season, to more accurately reflect how the players were performing throughout the season.
However, I can’t help but feel annoyed and bewildered at some of the flaws that have been present in PES Club Manager since I started playing in October 2016. I really hope that the following 3 issues could be addressed by the time the new season update is released later this year.
1) Unable to set tactics during online cup matches
Although I still haven’t won an Online Cup yet, I have plenty of experience as I previously reached the semi-finals 5 times and finished runner-up once. After all these years, the most glaring problem with Online Cups remains: You have no control over your team tactics and substitutions during the match.
Substitutions in Online Cups are set as automatic, so you have no say over which substitute gets used. But why must it be this way? It would be good if you could prioritise having an additional defender come on when defending a lead in the closing stages of the game. Or have that super sub come on when you are trying to break the deadlock. As for tactics, wouldn’t it be good if you could switch to a more offensive formation (and call in another forward) at half-time when you are behind?
But since the only thing you can control in Online Cups is your team lineup and tactics BEFORE each match, matches can be lost because the game somehow decides that you should only use one substitute (or none at all) or your less impactful substitute should be brought on.
While I accept that Online Cups can’t let you control tactics in real time during the match just like other game modes, to have absolutely no say over what happens at half-time or which substitutes should be used depending on the match state is simply unacceptable. Imagine the feeling of being knocked out and wondering what could have been if your preferred substitute was used during the match. Losing in the Online Cup due to a bad game mode design is just ridiculous.
2) No incentive to play youth players
There don’t seem to be any incentive to scout and train youth players. The only exception is that sometimes PES Club Manager temporarily boosts the chances of scouting 4-6 star youth players, but this promotion hardly happens.
It is quite difficult to find 5-star youth players, not to mention that I have never gotten a 6-star youth player. Considering how easy it is to obtain 5-star players from player contacts, why would I want to wait 16-24 hours for the youth scout to present me with a bunch of youth players that are mostly 4-star and below. I have been ignoring my youth academy for a long time because I have a healthy scouting list.
But the biggest problem with youth players is that they cannot be used in the new season class category of the Online Cups. The reason being that youth players are not assigned a season class, so you can’t easily tell if the youth player was scouted in the 2018-19 season or the seasons before that.
To increase the viability of youth players, PES Club Manager should increase the scouting rate of 5-6 star youth players. And please, just assign them a season class so that they can play in the new season class category of Online Cups. Surely it can’t be that hard! Its appalling that youth players trained in the same season can’t be used.
3) Ambiguous club data
You can view your club status and ranking under club data. Rating points determine your club ranking. The better you do in your leagues and the more goals you score, the more rating points you earn. You also earn more rating points if you play in the higher division categories.
My problem with the club rankings is that PES Club Manager doesn’t define the standards that separate below average, average and good players. Take a look at my profile below (I am currently in Super Star Division 4 at the time of this writing):
For a game with more than 32 million players, being in the top 15,000 in the world should easily make me a great player isn’t it? But club ranking fluctuates drastically. Retaining in a season can result in my world ranking shooting down by more than ten thousand places. But strangely, I could gain one to two thousand places without playing any season matches! So how significant are the rankings then? And what world ranking do I need to maintain in order to be considered a great player?
Club status is another thing that confuses me a lot. I am currently rank B and rated as “Elite”. But for many seasons prior, I was at rank C and rated as “Veteran”. All I did was win promotion in 3 consecutive seasons, and I managed to improve my rank. Was that really all that I needed to do?
PES Club Manager never stated the criteria you needed to fulfill in order to improve your club status. They didn’t even reveal the full range of possible club statuses in the game. Is rank C an average or above average rank? What must I do in order to get a better rating than “Elite”?
I suppose the majority of PES Club Manager players that have been playing for a long time strive to be among the best. I like to think that I’m a good player, but with this sort of ambiguous club data, how do I know where I truly stand?
Do we compare achievements in order to determine who is better? And if so, am I not that great since I never progressed beyond Survival League Level 2, never won an Online Cup and didn’t even win every single Domestic League trophy once? There’s just so many questions, but very few answers.
These are the major issues that I have with PES Club Manager. Do you agree with me? Or are there more annoying things that you can’t stand? Let me know by leaving a comment below. If you have other suggestions for improvement, please share them too.