eFootball PES 2021
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Aside from a handful of updates, PES 2021 is the same as last year's game.
Don't bother with PES 2021 if you can option file PES 2020, but if you're coming in fresh, PES 2021 is a decent shout at a decent price.
Nothing less or more than what was promised. Still the best football game around but its problems feel more glaring a year later.
A new approach for the sports genre, with welcome results: this offers more than a roster update, and at a very appealing price.
Konami decided to release an updated version of last year (excellent) game. So we find the same game modes (added UEFA 2020 National Teams) and great controls, and we also find the same problems with teams, stadiums and players licenses.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
On paper the idea of turning this edition of PES into a mere update is a good idea. Football blew up, the two seasons almost piled up and the pandemic stopped development for too many months. It is better to focus on the next edition, provided that at least the minimum trade union commitment is devoted to this package, which has not happened. The absence of a partial update of roses and teams at the time of launch is unacceptable, as is the ugliness of the inter and Milan uniforms, although what PES 21 proposes always remains the best kick on the square (IMHO, eh, I do not want to be beaten by FIFA supporters).
Review in Italian | Read full review
Konami is effectively taking a year off because it knows it has the basis of something special here and it wants to ensure it makes an effective transition to the PlayStation 5; we can respect that. But with barely any changes and the abovementioned licensing shortcomings, we’d recommend you just pick up last year’s game for a couple o' quid instead.
at the cheaper price and all the updates, this is the definitive version of PES for the current-gen, and a great way to move into the next game.
If you've already got PES 2020 and have found other means to update the squads and kits, there's very little of note here. The changes are minimal and this edition is likely just for those who decided against picking up the previous entry. But if a cheaper version of PES has you interested this is a great starting point. Yes, there are plenty of issues with the modes, commentary and AI but most of that just fades into insignificance when you're actually playing a game. Until the next-gen version arrives next year, this is the best representation of football you'll find.
eFootball PES 2021 does exactly what it says. Well, not exactly, as it took some time to refine a few gameplay elements of its predecessor to become even more enjoyable on the pitch - even online.
Review in French | Read full review