If you want to know more about eFootball PES 2021: Season Update then you can simply read our review of eFootball PES 2020, as this is almost identical in every single way. To be fair to Konami, it’s been uncharacteristically upfront about the nature of this year’s soccer simulation, pointing out at practically every opportunity that the title’s been touched less than a Liverpool player looking for a penalty.
That said, for our money, this is the pinnacle of PlayStation 4 footie – unless the anticipated FIFA 21 can pull a miracle out of one of its pricey Ultimate Team packs. Matches flow with the kind of sharpness and fluidity that EA Sports’ option struggles with, and the whole thing is underpinned by excellent ball physics and animations. The dated commentary style drags the presentation down immensely, but players generally resemble their real-world counterparts – even if you’ll need to download files to put many of them in the correct kits.
The overall lack of licenses is what makes this roster update bizarre: the player data has been revised to reflect real-world statistics, but without even the right uniforms you have to question the purpose of this package. The series’ Ultimate Team alternative My Club tries its best but ultimately pulls up short due to the fact you can’t scour the auction house for rugged League 2 right-backs, and campaign modes like Master League and Become a Legend also suffer for similar reasons.
And yet, to borrow the brand’s slogan, when you feel like the pitch is yours this is one of the most engaging sports games available on Sony’s system. Konami is effectively taking a year off because it knows it has the basis of something special here and it wants to ensure it makes an effective transition to the PlayStation 5; we can respect that. But with barely any changes and the abovementioned licensing shortcomings, we’d recommend you just pick up last year’s game for a couple o' quid instead.
Well at least they warned us, and it's half the price of the average Fifa Game, so there's that.
It weird to see Konami being honest because usually Konami is Konami and Konami is the worst.
Despicable Liverpool slander from Sammy here.
Lest we forget:
"Manchester United were awarded 14 penalties — the most penalties awarded in Premier League Season 2019-20 and Premier League all-time history."
@ShogunRok Ah the old Rafa "facts" routine
I’m only buying if you can give Becks the hairdryer treatment.
Do you know if the Leeds United players faces have been updated? It was a bit silly playing as them last season but now that they are in the Premier League did they actually try and make the players look correct?
@ShogunRok Too right! Liverpool won the league in spite of the refs!
The last hurrah of the Fox Engine.
Makes me wonder why we never saw any PES model swap mods for the PC version of MGSV. Surely there's some demand to fulton USSR soldiers as Messi in full kit?
Bought PES a while ago but havent fired it up yet.. might try it today
I was about to slander Sammy for his Liverpool jibe but his 'Flying without Ings' subheading is pretty good.
And on this day, Pierre-emerrick Aubameyang resigned for Arsenal. And the world looked good. Amen!! So excited for this season. COYG!
As for this update, its about time a company went down this route. Ideally the update would be free, but in fairness to Konami, they have been extremely good at adding new content free of charge, like the Euro 2020 content.
This is much better than charging full price for the same game though. Fifa could learn alot from this
they've made some improvements to the attacking gameplay (build-up and passing) as far as I'm aware. review didn't seem to mention that.
"It's just last year's game"
Doesn't this apply to all yearly sports games 😜
The lack of license is really just because EA,are on that monopolizing thing again,screw EA.
They Bale themselves out by not charging full price. Unlike those Heskey kids at EA.
Last few years I’ve had trouble to Getz into PES.
Butt I’ll try again where there’s a Willian there’s a way.
Think the score here is a bit Krul either way!
I hate to say it but FIFA is Khedira to my heart. Licensing and the manager mode pulls me in.
Butt at least this expansion doesn’t costa a lot of sterling.
Howard of I felt if the euros taken place?
I’m an honest wedienfeller so I’ll say it would have been day Juan, Mata of fact I’d have preordered it. It’s not Evra day a major tournament is cancelled though.
I’ve talked myself into it. It would be Giroud not to spend some time in the Kompany of this game. I like the review, I feel you Did a proper klose Cech of the Smalling details.... cleverly it’s sold me on it. I’m Keane to play it - I might Michu online - who knows this game might find a place in my hart. If I don’t try Howard I know? It’s only Wright.
Has it got a immobile app?
I’ll get my coat I’m weaving.
(I saw you flying without Ings and was inspired)
Got PES2020 on Xbone and it really does play a lovely smooth game of football. I don't sink the time into football games to need all the bells and whistles really I just want the odd game here and there and so PES suits me.
I usually get PES each year but I didn't like PES 2020 at all for some reason. The animations and player movements now feel really dated. The menus and commentary are terrible. I ended up getting FIFA 20 and have pre-ordered FIFA 21. Maybe I just needed a change. I will most definitely have a look at PES again once the new generation of consoles comes around. I'm expecting big things from both footy games when they are on new engines. No excuses!
Hey Sammy show Liverpool you know the champions some respect
So if read the review right PES is the better game without the licenses and commentary and its halve the price.
@PretendWorking We gave last year’s game a 7 and it didn’t feel right giving this the same score a year later — especially when you can get last year’s game for a fiver.
But I agree — the gameplay is ace!
Still going to be better than FIFA21 on PS5. Coming from a FIFA fan since forever.
Being a PES fan, and buying every single game for the last 6 years. This one I'll skip, I just dont see the justification of buying it
@ShogunRok wow, I didn't know that, it's absurd!
This year really was crazy in terms of penalties though: just think about the fact that Juve had the same penalties (14), and only came in fourth! Lazio had 18, pure absurdity.
That's why I don't think Immobile's 36 goals hold the same weight as Higuaín's in 2016: Ciro scored 12 penalties (1/3), while Gonzalo 2 or 3.
Oh and by the way go United 🥳
I'm stoked for Donny Van De Beek 😍
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