Review: eFootball PES 2020 Legend Edition (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: eFootball PES 2020 Legend Edition
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (35 GB)
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Developer: Konami
Original MSRP: $79.99 (US) (Standard Edition $59.99), £59.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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The last football game I played was FIFA Football on the Vita, and while I might not be a fan of the sport, I can appreciate a good game.

Gameplay:
eFootball PES 2020 at its core is still a good game of football, it is only when I’m in the menus or managing my team when I start to dislike the game. The controls are solid and easy enough for a newbie like my daughter to learn, at least the basics of dribbling, passing, and shooting.

Become a Legend it said, play through the career of a soccer player it said. Well, the game lied, unless you consider spending three games not even being picked for the line-up and another six matches sat on the bench. Become a bored spectator is what it should have said. I don’t know what I did wrong, but I doubt I’ll see my multi-colored haired character ever set foot on the pitch.

I can also manage a club in the Master League mode. I chose to manage Newcastle with the appearance of someone called D. Lane because he looks like the actor Ian McShane. I also changed his name and forced him to wear a suit for his match attire. I then sat through a few weary cutscenes where I had to answer questions on how I see the team performing and then it was onto my first match. I opted to try the Coach mode, which turned out to be an excellent decision as, without my poor soccer skills interfering, they scored two goals in the first ten minutes.

I soon found the automatic replays drove me mad; I can skip them after waiting for a second or two for the annoying game logo to flash by the screen. The frequency is relentless and it ruins the flow of the game.

A word of warning, the game doesn’t auto-save and it needs to be activated in the System menu. I was lucky and only lost about forty-minutes of time in the Master League mode.

Visuals:
eFootball PES 2020 is a good looking football game, but it suffers from the dullest menus I’ve seen in years. On the pitch the game really shines, with some great animations and transitions, it can sometimes look as if I were watching a real game.

The crowd and stadiums look good but the lip-syncing during the national anthems is embarrassingly bad, not really an issue as it doesn’t affect the proceeding match. On a rare occasion, you can see down the sleeve of a player as they wave or gesticulate their grievances toward the referee. It looks like a transparency glitch, showing what looks like the crowd. Again, this isn’t anything that spoils the game and most wouldn’t even notice.

Audio:
eFootball PES 2020 features a bucket load of commentary names, with the exception of mine. I chose D. Rinkwater as my created character’s name and luckily there happened to be a Drinkwater in the long list. I almost went with Baba or Coco.

I was delighted to find a massive list of town and city names when creating a club, which is great, as I loved hearing my local town being mentioned by the commentator. The commentary itself is nice too, and mostly does a good job of talking about the match. There is a good selection of menu music although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Online/Multiplayer:
For a game that now has a large focus on online and eSports (hence the name change), I didn’t have much luck finding another person to play with. I had no restrictions in the Quick Match, and on one occasion spent five minutes searching without any luck. A couple of other times had better results but still took a long time to find another player.

On one search the game eventually found someone but their connection was so poor it asked if I wanted to play against them. I was desperate, so I accepted. It turned out to be stable enough to play without any issues.

I wasn’t a fan of the clunky and poor design of the online modes and stuck with playing against friends and family in local multiplayer, which was fun and often very tense.

Conclusion:
eFootball PES 2020 is good on the pitch but boring off, especially when searching for an online game. Sadly, I personally cannot compare this to previous iterations, but it does feel like little effort has been made. Having glanced at the reviews for the older titles it seems like my thoughts were on the mark as little has changed.

Fans of the sport will have probably bought the game or its competitor; other gamers should either wait for this to go on sale or look at last year’s version, which is inevitably cheaper now this game is out. Oh, and before I end this review I should mention the Legend Edition is purely focused on myClub content, so if you aren’t interested in that mode, don’t bother with it.

Score:
6.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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