After six months of an unsatisfactory launch that was nothing more than an unplayable demo with bugs, eFootball 2022 is moving towards good direction though tiny ones, in the eagerly-awaited 1.0 update. It is notable that the bugs have largely gone away, but the game is a squishy shell of an football game with no the depth, mode, and any compelling reasons to continue playing it. It’s difficult to endorse playing eFootball regardless of the fact that it’s free to play.
It’s kind of sad, really. What was once that was considered to be the best of its kind in the glorious times of Pro Evolution Soccer has devolved into a soulless imitation. It’s like those horrible time when football was a syphilis taking place in stadiums that were empty. Sure, football was played, but it wasn’t the same event without fans. A similar situation could be afoot for eFootball from earlier rather than later if drastic changes aren’t done quickly.
Overall, the design of the field is pretty decent The player models are mostly accurate , and the stadiums although limited in size are real. This is a huge improvement from the wacky and at times scary faces that were pulled in the first access version. This can’t be stated for the atmosphere inside the stadiums, which usually isn’t very effective, and isn’t helped by a stale commentary. Additionally, there are the menus and the UI which, though more colorful than what we’re used to seeing from Konami’s football matches, aren’t as easy and intuitive to navigate.
I’ve played in a large amount of the earlier versions of eFootball It could be Stockholm syndrome in the moment, but there’s an increase in the flow of playing as players are more flexible to move around. They also are more responsive and are no longer deferring to balls that aren’t within their immediate vicinity, but the ability to control them effectively can be a bridge that is too wide. The players feel a higher feeling of control during the game, both in defence and attack and eFootball does not feel as though it’s just occurring to you.
Defense isn’t perfect, but improved shoulder tackles and manual tackles certainly help you take on opponents with more ease. AI Defenders are known to leave the position without warning they allow for lengthy through balls that lead to goals that happen frequently. It’s not clear if this is caused by an issue or not. It’s it’s something that needs to be addressed in any way.
The eFootball 2022 game is unsatisfactory in so many areas that it’s difficult to envision an immediate fix. It’s still missing many of the core features that any game of sports worth its salt should have and with microtransactions baked into its sole fully-fleshed out mode it’s not enough to keep you entertained for an extended period of time. That’s the main aspect that a good free-to-play game has to achieve. The field action is definitely enhanced, but not at the quality of it’s Pro Evolution Soccer predecessors and too little to be constantly thrilling or, most importantly entertaining. It’s not a laughing stock anymore because of its hilarious visual bugs being solved and now it’s sort of sad.