What has occurred with Konami’s eFootball 2022? The reimagining of the long-running PES (Professional Evolution Soccer) series was meant to herald a brand new age of sport simulation, rebranding and remaking the series to supply a slick rival to the continued FIFA series 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 recreation on Steam, with an 8% approval score 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 recreation, 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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However this failure is all of the more painful for the discharge of FIFA 22, which launches at this time on PC and consoles – together with PS5, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Change.
EA typically will get flack for iterative gameplay mechanics, however the consistency of the FIFA series – some present points on the Xbox Series S apart – is a superb energy for it proper now, providing the same old high quality of previous titles with a number of new licks of paint.
In our FIFA 22 evaluation, we wrote that "FIFA 22 breathes new life into the series’ once-familiar gameplay with the addition of HyperMotion technology, and makes well-intentioned strides to refresh its most dated modes [...] It’s not without the same issues that have plagued the franchise for several years, and a few of its supposed enhancements still feel like superficial additions, but this is the first soccer simulator that truly looks and plays like a next-generation experience."
The largest change is the addition of HyperMotion expertise – which recreates motion-captured actions of gamers in real-life matches for in-game animations, considerably enhancing Fifa's visuals and behaviors. There may be nonetheless the same old fleet of microtransactions to complain about, in fact – however they're simpler to keep away from than the bulbous faces of your favourite athletes in Konami's botched recreation.
On the bench
The website for Konami's eFootball states that "Our ambition was to recreate the perfect football environment, from the grass on the pitch, to the players' movement, all the way to the crowds in the stadium. To this end, we decided to create a new football engine, with revamped animation system and game controls. The final result was even more impressive than we had originally conceived."
The consequence clearly hasn't matched as much as that promise, with over 10,000 sad Steam evaluations making for an "Overwhelmingly Negative" score.
As a free-to-play recreation, we count on to see additional updates and fixes for eFootball within the close to future, nevertheless it's onerous to see the massive gulf between these video games being crossed at this level – and Konami's insistence on an all-new recreation engine that wasn't as much as scratch could have killed eFootball on the outset.