Andrei Dumitrescu: I am once again alone in the office this week as my colleague Andrei Dobra enjoys a well-deserved holiday, so my long-term obsession will once again dominate the article where we talk about how we plan to spend our gaming time during the weekend.
I am a big cycling fan and all through La Vuelta, which recently ended in Spain, I have been craving to play the race, taking the same route that the real-life competition takes and deliver starkly different results.
I was stymied by the fact that Cyanide, the company that created Pro Cycling Manager 2012
, had promised that it would deliver yet another patch for the game and I was holding out to see how it played and whether the PCMDaily database and mod would be ported to it.
The PCM series is well-known for having a passionate player base which tinkers with the game well after the developer stops supporting each year’s installment, and I have found that the mods delivered by the PCM Daily website are the best ones around.
So I waited and waited, hoping that the patch would appear in the last week of La Vuelta and that mods would quickly be ported to it.
Unfortunately, I waited for naught as Cyanide decided that no more patches would be launched and scrubbed every mention of it from its site.
Now, I plan to vent my frustration and re-install both the base game, the 1.3.0 patch and the PCMDaily mod and then launch into a career using either a custom team (the name tends to be variations on Romania and one big local company, like Dacia or Petrom) or my favorite real-world outfit, Radionshack Nissan Trek.
I look forward to playing about 8 to 10 hours of cycling during both Saturday and Sunday. Apart from cycling, I might also spend time playing the new space-based roguelike FTL.