PES successor eFootball 2022 has officially been released worldwide as the new format of the popular football computer game, but fans are not best pleased with the product
eFootball 2022, formerly known as Pro Evolution Soccer, has been released worldwide as a free-to-play title – and fans are already labelling it a “complete disaster”.
Konami have rebranded their long-running football computer game for the first time since its launch in 1995, waving goodbye to the popular PES franchise after 26 years.
The new instalment, which was released on Thursday, is a digital-only, free-to-play game which can be downloaded on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One consoles and PC as well as iOS and Android devices.
However, fans have been quick to point out a number of issues with eFootball, taking to social media to criticise the PES replacement.
One grumble with the new game is the quality of graphics on offer, as images of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi show the legendary pair looking very little like their real selves.
Ronaldo and Messi appear to have taken on some unusual features in the game, with the latter’s eyes much larger than normal and CR7’s eyebrows clearly out of shape.
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One user uploaded a split pic of the two players and wrote: “Please tell me this is fake?”
As well as the poor graphics, another unsatisfied eFootball customer has shared footage of a glitch in the game that has Nicolas Otamendi’s arm almost falling off as Pepe runs alongside him.
A different upload also shows Ansu Fati running with his arms behind his back like anime star Naruto.
In addition to that, eFootball only allows you to play five-minute matches, which was normally common practice with demo versions of PES.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely embarrassing launch of #eFootball today. It’s a mobile game. Controls, graphics and UI are 100% on iPhone 3GS days. Good luck to anyone playing “year 4 of the 3 year plan”. You’re gonna need it”.
Another put: “The more I think about #eFootball, I feel bad I even compared it to PES. Gameplay just feels like a completely different, much cheaper game, with zero resemblance to its predecessor. I think it’s unsalvageable.”
While a third simply commented: “my god, efootball 2022 / PES 2022 is a complete disaster”.