What has occurred with Konami’s eFootball 2022? The reimagining of the long-running PES (Professional Evolution Soccer) collection was meant to herald a brand new age of sport simulation, rebranding and remaking the collection to supply a slick rival to the continued FIFA collection with a free-to-play construction to tug gamers in.
Alas, it wasn’t to be. The soccer sim eFootball 2022 is now the most-hated sport on Steam, with an 8% approval ranking on the time of writing and screenshots of the sport engine’s hilariously off-kilter animations circulating social media like wildfire.
Participant faces look straight out of a PS2 Harry Potter sport, regardless of the facial-scanning tech used to get participant likenesses into the sport. Gameplay animations too, are oddly fluid and floating, lacking that tactile, grounded feeling wanted for immersive sports activities sims. Some ‘eFootballers’ run round with their arms trailing behind them just like the streamers hooked up to a desk fan. It is a PR catastrophe.
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EA usually will get flack for iterative gameplay mechanics, however the consistency of the FIFA collection – some current issues on the Xbox Series S aside – is a good power for it proper now, providing the same old high quality of previous titles with just a few new licks of paint.
In our FIFA 22 review, we wrote that “FIFA 22 breathes new life into the collection’ once-familiar gameplay with the addition of HyperMotion know-how, and makes well-intentioned strides to refresh its most dated modes […] It’s not with out the identical points which have plagued the franchise for a number of years, and some of its supposed enhancements nonetheless really feel like superficial additions, however that is the primary soccer simulator that really appears and performs like a next-generation expertise.”
The largest change is the addition of HyperMotion know-how – which recreates motion-captured actions of gamers in real-life matches for in-game animations, considerably bettering Fifa’s visuals and behaviors. There’s nonetheless the same old fleet of microtransactions to complain about, after all – however they’re simpler to keep away from than the bulbous faces of your favourite athletes in Konami’s botched sport.
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The website for Konami’s eFootball states that “Our ambition was to recreate the proper soccer setting, from the grass on the pitch, to the gamers’ motion, all the way in which to the crowds within the stadium. To this finish, we determined to create a brand new soccer engine, with revamped animation system and sport controls. The ultimate consequence was much more spectacular than we had initially conceived.”
The consequence clearly hasn’t matched as much as that promise, with over 10,000 sad Steam critiques making for an “Overwhelmingly Damaging” ranking.
As a free-to-play sport, we count on to see additional updates and fixes for eFootball within the close to future, nevertheless it’s arduous to see the large gulf between these video games being crossed at this level – and Konami’s insistence on an all-new sport engine that wasn’t as much as scratch could have killed eFootball on the outset.