We are so used to the wordiness that companies use to promote the news of their annual sports games -especially those of soccer- that it is no longer that they do not go; is that the terms that are invented each year already seems to have written down to us other times and we believe them little. And the same thing happens with the advisors of the real sport that they are looking for: their input is rarely noticed in the final product. In this way, we pay little attention to these bombastic advances and we hope better to notice something new and wonderful at the controls.
The gameplay is still a pleasure
The first thing that catches the attention of the game is that it has slightly changed its official name: eFootball PES 2020. This decision is due to a positioning strategy in the sector of eSports that encompasses videogames of different genres. Konami wants to unmark this concept to redirect the course of soccer simulators. But once we put ourselves in command, the interface becomes our best ally to move through the different modes. Now it is much simpler and more intuitive, eliminating other distracting visual elements. The demo that we played was limited to the fast game, since it focuses on showing the playable novelties that have had the collaboration of footballers like Andres Iniesta, former FC Barcelona player and the Spanish National Team. Fuentealbilla met with part of the study in Kobe, the current city where he plays and resides, to provide his experience with more technical aspects of control and touch of the ball.
Referees who need VAR
Not everything was going to be an attack and they have also corrected some things in defense. They have added an intentional lack to provide that realism when defending when you have no choice. On the other hand, during the games we played, the referee was very rigorous even with the pressure exerted on the players, even expelling one of our players with a double yellow in less than two minutes. It is an aspect that needs to be adjusted to make way for a more fluid and vertical game without so many interruptions. In this sense, it is appreciated that there are hardly any breaks in the game in the launching of fouls, corners or out-of-bounds.
Finally we must highlight a new feature that football players will have in their statistics. This is "Inspire", a skill that favors team play when a dribbling player drives the ball, while the teammates act accordingly to facilitate their advance to the goal. All these improvements represent a small evolution in the saga that continues to grow with baby steps and shortening the distance with its main competitor. EFootball PES 2020 is released on September 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, so it still has time to polish the mismatches we have found.
My opinion after playing
While it is true that it is not a huge qualitative leap since the previous installment, Konami has long pampered his child. The franchise continues to grow to get the most realistic and accurate simulator, the latter being its biggest contribution this year. PES 2020 bets on the detail in each pass, control, uncheck or dribble almost sickly. He relies on several new mechanics that have been the result of his advice with Iniesta. He could not have a better teacher and that shows in the reaction of the ball.
The development team has found the game beautiful thanks to a series of new animations and very grateful mechanics. There are still things to be polished like the referees who did not seem to differentiate between a clean steal of the ball and a strong entrance down. In general, we are facing an upward evolution of the Konami simulator that does not want to be left behind and covers its deficiencies with game.