Update of the season. Two words that succinctly summarize the years of football fans' frustration with PES and FIFA and describe what may ironically be the most significant innovation in football games in years – or at least lead to it. But is it worth buying this year's PES? It is a more complicated question than it seems.
You see, as Konami expands its vision for next generation football coming next year, PES 2021 arrives as an unapologetic tentative launch, priced significantly lower than normal (including an additional 20% discount for homeowners). PES 2020) and offering clearly fewer new features than you would expect, even for a franchise with a relentless annualized release cadence. The graphics? They are equal. Controls? They are the same too. Menus? Okay, there are some new background photos, but you can see what I'm trying to say. This is, in no uncertain terms, a collection of up-to-date squads, kits and whatever Paul Pogba's latest adventure with peroxide is.
That is what the two galactics in the world of football franchises have been accused of, year after year, since time immemorial. At least PES 2021 (or eFootball PES 2021 Season Update, as it absurdly calls itself this year) is straight with us about it.
[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/efootball-pes-2021-season-update-full-match-gameplay”] Let's talk about football. For those who did not play last year's game, which is also this year's game, it represented a significant advance for a franchise that had already surpassed FIFA in fluidity on the pitch for the entire generation. The passes seemed a little more varied, the incidental touches that were not part of the canned animations gave each passage of the game an organic feeling, and the subtlety of the control was worth exploring every hour. By taking manual control of players before they catch the ball, you can make dangerous turns, make the first touches waving to the goal and acrobatic volleys.
Hit the pause button and return to the menus, however, and you may as well have entered a time capsule and typed & # 39; 2005 & # 39; on the display. It was a cavalcade of sources that would make graphic designers sick, describing a sparse selection of ways that haven't changed much since you abandoned your sociology classes to reproduce them on PS2.
[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=Foregoing%20presentational%20sparkle%20is%20the%20trade-off%20for%20better%20football%20on%20the%20turf”] FIFA, for its part, not only has all the licensed kits, names and badges that you would expect to ignore in the team selection menu, but a narrative-based Volta mode and the powerful FUT, among others. Abandoning all that variety and brightness of presentation is the compensation you make for better football on the pitch, and the equation doesn't change anything with this release.
Where things started to get really interesting for PES 2020 was in the release of data packages. Yes, it was good to stay updated with Neymar's hair, but the most important thing is that these data packages adjusted the values that support his football and adjusted them almost to perfection. Then new updates blew it up again, to the point that stars who earn a billion pounds an hour seem unable to give a first touch. Then they fixed it again.
The needle swung both ways with the data packets, so in many ways you can see the PES 2021 eFootball Season Update as an end to this ongoing saga, a sort of editing of the Data Pack's bells and whistles 9.
Unfortunately, it is not the best football this particular game has ever played, but improvements in the first touches and in the control of the running pace help a lot. Through balls, splintered or ground passes and crosses can be placed at a level of granularity that turns a game into a dime when a perfectly weighted player connects, while his ability to smoothly deflect a player's run from his shoulder. marker while they anticipate that the ball will reap great rewards when it is timed correctly.
[widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=every-ign-pro-evolution-soccer-review-ever&captions=true”] However, there is still a lot of ball watching from the AI, both from the opponent and from the players of your own team that you did not highlight. It is more noticeable after the passes are diverted and do not have a clear recipient; 21 AI players seem to fall asleep until the highlighted player meets the ball. This breaks immersion and can cost what would otherwise be clear chances.
While I'm talking about AI, I want to see a transformative step forward in the next year because the old routines are really showing their age now. Have you ever seen a left-back dribbling in two full circles before firing a pass? It is as common here as potato-headed players without proper face sweeps.
Devotees will find some new content hidden in the PS2 era menus. The Master League is enhanced with some new manager avatar options, including cutlery collector Pep Guardiola, and the Euro 2020 tournament that has yet to take place can be played in PES form, licensed kits and everything. If that seems insufficient, remember that football games got away with launching just these tournaments as full-price games for years.
[poilib element=”poll” parameters=”id=f592b839-daf4-46b3-bd07-b7474772ab0a”] So we know what eFootball PES 2021 is and we also categorically know what it is not. The most difficult question to answer is the uncomfortable question about whether it is worth buying, even at a discount.
On paper, the season's updates seem to be the answer to the problem with all annualized sports franchises: there simply isn't enough bandwidth to innovate between titles when you have an annual release schedule. Not really. It is not the kind of innovation that changes the way you play. What we face as fans of football games this year is to postpone the bonus, sacrificing a good game to get a great one later. In a perfect world, we would review this year's game next year, when we would know how Konami used that extra time and resources.
Without the luxury of that prediction, eFootball PES 2021 seems like a pragmatic solution to a problem Konami cannot be held responsible for – working from home, producing an annualized game, during the advent of a new generation of console. This is not to say that it is not disappointing, but the pricing strategy and fundamental quality in the field mitigate this disappointment.