It’s time to forget about PES and realize that we are now facing the future of Konami football. The parallelism is obvious: Koeman’s debut at Barça was catastrophic and today we are faced with the arrival of Xavi in November. Some believe it and some don’t, but the reality is simple: neither eFootball nor Barça have won anything yet. Of course, both promise.
Should we dwell on the details experienced by the premiere of eFootball? I think it was significant only in the 1.0.0 demo. of the game, held in Windsor earlier in the week, Konami did not give any type of interview. A Facta non Verba of a book, and considering the conditions and improvements the game has undergone since its unfortunate premiere in september, the work done by its developers is remarkable. The production shows a very different finish to last fall and there is reason to be optimistic about what might happen for the free football game.
Its authors said at the time that this was not the case, but it is clear that the change of engine and its ambitious idea to create a football mega ecosystem in which platforms as different as an Xbox Series X and a mobile phone coexisted. The idea on paper, wonderful; in practice, we have already seen the result: after three of the best Pro Evolution Soccer it was done for years, the incomprehensible step backwards that eFootball meant for Konami’s footballing interests, they were more than obvious: a discouraging mistake and a blow to the credibility of an entire imposing project.
What do we have today? A promise: the arrival of a much neater and more interesting version of the video game than that experienced then. We played it and, certainly, the thing has nothing to compare with what we experienced months ago. In general, everything has been redesigned, many technical problems that occurred intermittently during matches have been eliminated and the gameplay has been refined to an enjoyable point. Does this mean that everything is already done? Absolutely: eFootball is a marathon project long distance that will continue to add new elements and change over the next few years, but that doesn’t mean it’s all done, far from it. The summary is that we are at the starting pointwhich was scheduled for last fall.
Signature of winter
As I said, everything looks much more fluid, clean and vivid, with some new animations that give variety to the actions of players on the green that have nothing to do with what we have seen in the past. Yes, it is true that the actions that many football players are involved in are somewhat hectic, chaotic and clumsy, with rebounds that were thought to be forgotten in the main football simulators on the market, but that does not seem to be a problem that can be fixed in the coming weeks with a few patches. Reality in control eFootball with its 1.00 update is that the game is unquestionably enjoyable, and much of the blame for that lies with one of the various additions that have been added to the equation.
The stunning new kicks are one of the coolest additionsOne of them, perhaps the most interesting, is the new ball control which will allow you to play the ball in different ways when it is under your command. For example, with a control oriented to evade rivals or, simply, to cover the ball while waiting for better attacking or defensive options. A new defensive scrum option has also been added which adds new options to press forwards and helps taller players have a new imposing defensive value on the pitch, giving new time variables to avoid being marked.
One of the coolest additions is the stunning new kicks. It is a variable of passes, crosses and shots which require a bit more time to execute, but result in more powerful execution than conventional execution. Therefore, you will not be able to do this at any time: you will only be able to use the new ability when you have enough time and space to perform it. The results will be evident after a few hours of play, and they are a very optimal option to ensure that the ball ends up in the net.
eFootball is looking for a second chance
I’ve told you about some improvements I’ve noticed in his controls, but Konami clarified that there are many other. There they highlighted things like changes in game pacing and speed, dribbling response, general improvements in online modes, interface and menu changes to bring them to a new level, adjustments in the charges to speed them up and the correction of many bugs. The other great addition that adds to the software is the new Dream Team mode, formerly known as Creative Team. What you imagine no more and no less: football cards and envelopes to open to create your dream team.
It amused me despite the fact that I had to prove a lot in the months to come.As usual in other industry benchmarks in game modes like Dream Team, players will be split between varying degrees of rarity that will make them more or less valuable in the field. Regardless of what you open or not, you can upgrade them with different formations that will lead them to improve their stats in different specialties. Each Dream Team league will last 28 days and each season will last two months with thematic elements, so you can’t doubt that Konami will take inspiration from the different major football leagues of the moment to give wings to its new Dream Team.
The general sensations at the controls of eFootball and its patch 1.00 are good and I took advantage of it although I have a lot to prove in the months to come. The words of the software producer did not seem strange to me, seitaro kimurawhen he recognized that, perhaps, Konami was in too much of a rush to release the game on the date set, which did not benefit the project at all. Beyond what has already happened, it remains in the hands of the company to demonstrate the legacy and importance behind one of the leading brands in virtual football and transform the first months of the title into an anecdote.