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  • Summary: The eFootball PES 2021 Season Update brings you all of the critically acclaimed features that won us E3 2019's "Best Sports Game" award, plus more!
    As the PES franchise celebrates a quarter of a century since its debut in 1995, we invite you to join us once again as we head out onto the
    The eFootball PES 2021 Season Update brings you all of the critically acclaimed features that won us E3 2019's "Best Sports Game" award, plus more!
    As the PES franchise celebrates a quarter of a century since its debut in 1995, we invite you to join us once again as we head out onto the pitch for a new action-packed season of football.
    Boasting all the latest player and club data, the game also comes with an exclusive UEFA EURO 2020™ mode, allowing you and your friends to simulate some of the sport's most heated rivalries.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Sep 21, 2020
    90
    This Season Update experiment makes you wonder why this hasn’t been the norm for football games for years. If this is the future of the genre, sign me up. EA should be looking over their shoulder. PES has retaken the crown.
  2. Sep 16, 2020
    80
    eFootball PES 2021 does exactly what it says. Well, not exactly, as it took some time to refine a few gameplay elements of its predecessor to become even more enjoyable on the pitch - even online.
  3. Sep 20, 2020
    80
    All things considered, PES 2021 is a perfect point of entry for those who missed out on PES 2020 and a valuable update to the game for those who already own it, but it's not different enough to cover up its flaws in the same way its predecessor did, making it an arguable tier lower than FIFA as sports fans turn their eyes towards what next-gen simulations can offer.
  4. It is appreciated that Konami releases PES 2021 as an update rather than releasing the same game every year.
  5. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Nothing less or more than what was promised. Still the best football game around but its problems feel more glaring a year later.
  6. Sep 21, 2020
    70
    It's the same game from last year - for better or for worse. The fact that Konami is really upfront about it is great, but they do get only one shot next year to wow us with PES 2022. In the meantime, this is what we got - and it's good.
  7. Sep 25, 2020
    50
    This season update doesn’t bring anything new - not even correct rosters for the new season, which it really should include. But if you haven’t played the previous instalment, this is a fine way to cheaply acquire a great football game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 69
  2. Negative: 31 out of 69
  1. Sep 19, 2020
    10
    Its about Gameplay, Gameplay, Gameplay. Years of tuning, untuning, incremental changes finally coming to a full and complete footballIts about Gameplay, Gameplay, Gameplay. Years of tuning, untuning, incremental changes finally coming to a full and complete football experience. Konami stuck to a focus, a plan, and it all comes together. Sure those who like new sparkles, and non game fluff will not be happy, as nothing fundamentally changes there, as Konami were honest about (check the title). But on the pitch. The final 1% tuning - its the difference between thoroughbred and nag, ferraris and ford (except GT40 of course). This is a game that rewards you for learning how to play it properly, because when you score a goal you remember it, like you are on the pitch yourself. Its Japanese culture - detailed, precise, complex embodied in the best football gaming experience. Those in the community that supported this game over the years of frustration have spoken, read their reviews if you want to see what it is all about. Well done Konami. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2020
    10
    Me gustó muchísimo el juego, la verdad la jugabilidad y fluidez han sido factores fundamentales de cara a la mejora.
  3. Sep 20, 2020
    9
    I am surprised at how much better this is than the 2020 version. More measured gameplay, less rigid attack patterns, crossing actually worksI am surprised at how much better this is than the 2020 version. More measured gameplay, less rigid attack patterns, crossing actually works too now. You can really feel the individual attributes of each player. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2020
    6
    It is a good game from Konami if you play offline, but thats all... -.Online gameplay is very clumsy and unhandy .... The pros are : veryIt is a good game from Konami if you play offline, but thats all... -.Online gameplay is very clumsy and unhandy .... The pros are : very good freekicks, and ball phisque but.....The game is lacking crucial control things that Fifa is offering ( besside more licensses and atmosphere)- like more manuall controll.- more mechanichs- shielding, low driven shots, driibling, jockey etc... Il stick to Fifa for now Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2020
    3
    I cant believe theyve managed to make the gameplay worse than before. Yes it may be an improvement on the abomination of the latter data packsI cant believe theyve managed to make the gameplay worse than before. Yes it may be an improvement on the abomination of the latter data packs but its still not as good as previous iterations of the Pes series.

    Massive disappointment to return to the smaller clubs turninginto barcelona in the 85th minute to get their 1st shot on hoal and usually to win tbe game. Pad smashingly frustrating response times are still prevalent. Seriously hire some proper programmers. Avoid.
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  6. Nov 17, 2020
    2
    PES 2020 was better. In 2021 season update gameplay in on-line games is worse than even before. Still playing offline is pretty nice, but mostPES 2020 was better. In 2021 season update gameplay in on-line games is worse than even before. Still playing offline is pretty nice, but most od players (including me) buy this game for myclub. Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2020
    0
    It's the same game as last year with minor tweaks. Unfortunately the game is unplayable online. There are more and more users every year andIt's the same game as last year with minor tweaks. Unfortunately the game is unplayable online. There are more and more users every year and the same old p2p connection. The lag you get to encounter online is horror, ev
    en with 1GB internet. They simply don't care about anything else than the microtransactions from featured players
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