LifeisXbox’s eFootball 2022 review | Pro Evolution has fallen into the depths of Lord of the Rings Moria. Never in my twenty years of active gaming have I seen a larger jump in quality from a franchise. It is baffling and it hurts my green Xbox heart to see one of my most played franchises drown in something so messy and broken. eFootball 2022 is terrible and nothing like the glory days of previous Pro Evolution soccer games. Konami made the change to free-to-play, everyone knows that sales struggled for PES compared to EA’s Fifa but I’m afraid that this release is the final nail in the coffin. There is no coming back from this, not even for the Germans. (football ref.)
This is a short review, our usual the good, mixed and the bad was difficult because of the nature of this game.
Potential was huge with a free-to-play release but this new era of football from eFootball is disastrous. Numerous bugs, completely broken animations, a handful of clubs/countries and the new visuals from the newly used Unreal Engine is bizarre. You have seen the memes by now, facial expressions from the football stars are hilariously bad.
Filling up an entire paragraph with things that go wrong in eFootball 2022 is easy, there’s a bug in every single match that you play. From refs that transform into ugly 2D characters, players that vanish into thin air, animations that fail and become stuck, goalkeepers that freeze and remain stuck for 90 minutes, graphical glitches, players that instantly teleport. I’m not kidding in my six hours of play I NEVER played a match without something going wrong. My only reaction to this is , what the fuck Konami?!
Not going to waste more time with this review, we’re normally more in-depth but there’s simply too much that’s bad. Visually it escaped from the early Xbox One-era, animations are unreliable, the AI are a bunch of chickens that run around in their hen. The only positive thing I can mention is the audio and commentary… that’s it. Pro Evolution has been demoted to the amateur league.
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