There’s a lot that’s wrong with eFootball, Konami’s follow-up to the renowned Pro Evolution Soccer series. But it’s the player faces that have turned eFootball’s debut into a viral joke.
Players are flooding Steam with critical user reviews, denouncing the quality of the game. That’s bad enough for Konami, but what’s worse is eFootball is now the worst Steam game of all time, according to Steam reviewers.
eFootball 2022 Steam Review
Steam250, which ranks Steam titles, lists eFootball ahead of 2011’s Flatout 3, 2014’s Uriel’s Chasm and 2010’s Command & Conquer 4 in the bottom 100. At the time of writing this post, eFootball has more than 11,000 negative reviews and 1,000+ positive reviews
eFootball is horrible, but clearly it’s not the worst game on Steam (have you seen some of the garbage on there?). What it is, is one of the most disappointing releases in recent memory. PES took 2020 off, and the intention was the series will return with a bang. Instead, it’s self-destructed.
There’s also the added effect of people downloading eFootball – which is free, remember – just to see what all the commotion is about – then piling on with poor evaluations after a short time with the game. There are many user evaluations with absolutely reasonable issues, but there is a social media-fuelled snowball effect at play here, too.
Konami has included a number of messages to eFootball, which can be displayed when you start the game, describing what it’s doing in the early days to address some of the problems. One notification offers a patch to an issue that makes the players disappear. Another promises a make good for bad connections in online play. Clearly, eFootball needs a lot of development.
No matter which way you look at it, eFootball has been a terrible launch for Konami, and while the firm has always said it would update the game with additional modes and features, casual fans won’t be impressed – and first impressions are hard to shake. eFootball’s going to need a miracle if it’s going to produce a second-half comeback.
eFootball is a football simulation video game developed and published by Konami. It is a free-to-play game after being completely rebranded from the original Pro Evolution Soccer series to the eFootball series. The game’s first season, entitled eFootball 2022, was released on 30 September 2021. It’s currently available on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, IOS and Android.