It may have a new name, but eFootball PES 2020 is a sturdy continuation of what's been working for Pro Evolution Soccer these past few years. Sure, the Konami soccer sim may get outpaced by the sheer brand power of EA's FIFA machine, but the alternative excels out on the field, with crunching tackles and hard-fought goals. The e-sports focus is admittedly an acquired taste, but everyone should be able to appreciate the title's matchday action.
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Stepping up to bat against Sony’s immensely popular MLB The Show series must be a daunting prospect, but Super Mega Baseball 2’s colourful artwork and adjustable difficulty makes it a compelling alternative to San Diego’s licensed juggernaut. With a full team creation suite and entertaining local multiplayer options, this may be more your jam if you don’t know your pinch hits from your at bats.
Codemasters’ intensely hardcore rally simulation returns for another race, with licensed content from the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Punishingly lifelike physics and a new weather modelling system mean that you’ll need to have perfect focus in order to podium, but the range of vehicles and tracks mean that mastering DiRT Rally 2.0 is a rewarding endeavour.
Madden NFL 20 really does have the X-Factor, thanks to the addition of personality traits which elevate American football’s biggest stars above their peers. Visual and gameplay refinements along with an uber-addictive edition Ultimate Team mean that EA’s second most popular sports series touches down comfortably – just try not to punt on those pricey microtransactions.
SEGA channels its 90s origins with this arcade-inspired adaptation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Featuring a diverse range of activities, this minigame compilation demands a podium position by mixing athletics with oft-overlooked events like BMX and boxing. Dressed in a colourful, cartoon artstyle, and with lots of ways to play, this is a golden release deserving of your time.