Update October 1, 10:03 AM:
The official eFootball Twitter released a statement stating that they have received "lots of feedback" regarding things that affect game balance such as pass speed and defense operation. They've also acknowledged problems with cutscenes, facial expressions, movements of players, and the behavior of the ball. That's something at least, and the statement goes on to state that the game will be updated and that questionnaires to their users-if there are any left at this point-to ask their opinions on the game.
If there's any more info, we'll be sure to keep you updated on this developing story.
Yesterday, Konami Digital Entertainment released eFootball 2022. You may have forgotten with New World launching and setting, well, the world on fire (or at least Amazon's servers), but yes it also came out yesterday and yes it's terrible. This isn't your average level of terrible, though. I wouldn't have to write about this garbage if it was. Oh no, Konami isn't happy with mere mediocrity. If they're going to release a terrible game, it's going to be the most terrible game ever.
And it is! At least it is on Steam. For the curious, it's in the prestigious company of games like Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction, Uriel's Chasm, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, and Kenetic Void, which rounds out the bottom 5. Basically, for any poor soul that was looking forward to this game, Konami has essentially taken the eFootball series behind the shed and left it there to suffer and die. And I'm not being hyperbolic, either. I mean, look at this:
Yes, that's 9%. Not 90%, not 49%, and not even a measly 19%. It has 9% reviews that are positive. Wow. What brought this on? It's just a
soccer I mean football game after all, right? What could possibly cause a game to receive only 1 positive review for every 435.78 negative reviews? Let's dig into it, shall we?
Let's start with some news that came out early last month, with Konami already doing damage control and saying that the game's launch would basically be a demo. Last year's game was relatively OK, even. That's not good, especially if you're already on a defensive about a game that was set to be released in under two months. They knew they had a stinker on their hands. A first-class stinker on the SS Konami.
So yeah, the game itself has some problems that Konami knew about months in advance. Here's a huge problem to start: want to see Messi's face? No? Well, you're going to anyway. I hope you're wearing your brown pants:
Creepy, eh? Somehow it gets worse from there. According to the reviews the game has a max resolution of 720P. The ball apparently weighs 100kg according to one reviewer, with the same reviewer saying that "nothing feels right". I could go on, but you should get the drift by now. It looks and plays like a Alpha-level demo with only 9 preselected teams available. Good thing it's free... at least it is to install.
However, if you feel like flushing $39.99 down the toilet you can also pre-purchase the eFootball 2022 Premium Player Pack, which will come with 2,800 in-game currency that will be available starting mid-November 2021. I wonder if there will be anyone playing the game in November, let alone spending $40 on the worst-rated game available on Steam. I guess we'll find out.
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