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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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.
Super Mega Baseball 3 may look like a casual, kid-friendly arcade baseball game – but there’s a true simulation beneath its freakish, cartoon character aesthetics. Gameplay is relatively easy to pick-up-and-play, but there’s tons of depth facilitated by its dynamic difficulty slider. A fresh Franchise mode allows you to create your own dynasty across multiple seasons, with a simple economy system that adds storylines to your squad. And cross-console play means that the community is connected like never before, adding a larger pool of competitors to the release’s online Pennant Race.
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.