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eFootball has been released worldwide today and already fans are panning the game for a plethora of reasons.
Konami have retired the PES name and instead made the new title free-to-play and only available digitally.
Clubs like Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, and Manchester United are fully licensed after Konami stole a march on EA Sports and FIFA, but the new game has a lot of issues.
For starters, images of the graphics doing the rounds show Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look nothing like their real life selves.
For reasons unclear, the pair of football titans have elf-like features on eFootball.
my god, efootball 2022 / PES 2022 is a complete disaster pic.twitter.com/GvKFBFvLSL— Luke Plunkett (@LukePlunkett) September 30, 2021
And that's not all. A glitch has Nicolas Otamendi's arm nearly falling off as Pepe tries to tackle him, while Ansu Fati is running with his arms behind him like Naruto.
To make matters worse, you can only play five minute games - something you'd normally get in a demo version of the game.
The game has been absolutely panned by fans who were hoping the new direction would help make it an exciting and worthwhile alternative to FIFA.
Absolutely embarrassing launch of #eFootball today. It’s a mobile game. Controls, graphics and UI are 100% on iPhone 3GS days.— Precision (@Precisionnn) September 30, 2021
Good luck to anyone playing “year 4 of the 3 year plan”.
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Played till my dualshock died, but I don't even want to recharge it. 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.— KnightMD (@KnightMD1) September 30, 2021
#eFootball2022 in two words: ABSOLUTE TRASH! Seriously don't download it. The gameplay is is beyond trash the graphics in FULL looks WAY WORSE than PES21 and @play_eFootball call this shit NEXT GEN? And it's lagging like shit with 20-30FPS at MAX with a high-end PC! pic.twitter.com/IpaBEB1snO— David Solt (@SDavi87) September 30, 2021
I have loved PES as long as I can remember. eFootball had me worried straight away.— Nick Akerman (@Nakerman) September 30, 2021
This happened in my first match. What have they been doing for two years? It’s basically an in-progress demo. pic.twitter.com/CbfGFTuYfA
Even with no cost it seems like gamers have been ripped off. Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr are both ambassadors for eFootball, with Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta named as "official advisors".
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