Rethinking the annual sports franchise update model, "eFootball PES 2021 Season Update" shakes up the standard formula and lowers barriers for fans to re-up.
Tagging the game with a $35 price rather than the usual $50 or $60 cost, Konami is offering a square deal to players: A semi-sequel for about half price.
The usual slate of roster and uniform updates are there, but gone are any gimmicks meant to pose the game as a true sequel rather than a standard readjustment of an already solid base.
All features from last year's game return. Robust Become a Legend, Mater League, MyClub and tournament modes are there. The emphasis, as the title indicates, is on esports-friendly competition. That means the priority is on balance and sound infrastructure.
The most notable new face is UEFA Euro 2020 mode, which lets you play out the 24-team, 12-venue mini-World Cup.
While there is little other than that to make the game stand out from last year's release, that's not the gameplan here. The well-executed idea is that of a conservative coach with a high-powered team protecting a slim lead late in the game. This bus may be parked, but it's got air conditioning and a fully stocked minibar.
Publisher provided review copy.