Not a new game, more of an update.
Fans expecting a new PES could be disappointed with eFootball PES 2021. To be clear, it’s not really a brand new game, but more it is merely an update to last year’s release. Still, the reasoning behind it could mean a better game for 2022, which can support next-generation consoles since eFootball PES 2021 is only available for the PS4 and Xbox One along with the PC.
If you’ve played PES 2020 then you’re pretty much getting the same experience with PES 2021. But the updates on the game overall does make gameplay better, emulated by the fast feedback and movements we’ve noticed while playing it. Even passing the ball has become more fluid, and even the AI that drives some of the players have been more consistent compared to last year’s version.
The game even boasts the same menu system as last year. eFootball PES 2021 also brings updates to reflect transfers on players, along with other modes like Master League, Become a Legend, and Matchday. Euro 2020, an update that was released for PES 2020, is also present here.
Graphics-wise you’re not really getting anything different from what you’ve seen last year. And while it’s a bummer that this update won’t make it to next-gen consoles releasing in November, our hopes are still high with PES 2022.
Overall, eFootball PES 2021 Season Update brings substantial improvements to an already great and realistic football simulation. The developers could have easily rebranded this as a brand new game and call it a day, but we appreciate that they’re honest about it. If you already own last year’s game then I don’t see anything worthwhile in getting this paid update.
+ Various improvements to gameplay
We Didn’t Really Like:
– Won’t release on next-gen consoles
Final Rating: 3.5/5