PES 2020 Review Round Up: All the scores & words surrounding the FIFA 20 challenger

PES is well and truly back as it wins universal acclaim from gamers and critics alike.


PES 2020 has been on the market for a few weeks now – and it looks to be the best entry in the series for over a decade, putting pressure on FIFA 20.

Instead of rolling over and accepting yet another crushing defeat by the hands of EA’s FIFA, Konami came out of the blocks fighting.

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They pulled off a marketing tour-de-force including acquiring the rights to Juventus, Manchester United, oh and a small tournament called Euro 2020.

Leo Messi has been leading the marketing charge for PES 2020

They even hired Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta as a consultant to improve gameplay and reworked ball physics.

So, does all that amount to a great game? You bet it does. Here are all the major reviews.

Remember, you can see our FIFA 20 review round-up here.

RealSport – 8/10

“eFootball PES 2020 is a step in the right direction, but that step is probably not significant enough to significantly threaten FIFA’s stronghold on the football gaming market.

“It still lacks the licences to compete with FIFA’s realism and its online Matchday feature cannot seriously challenge FIFA Ultimate Team in terms of personal user experience.

“However, matches are genuinely enjoyable to play, packing plenty of attacking football. Also, Master League is pretty great – if FIFA’s changes to Career Mode do not make an impactful improvement, there will be no doubt regarding which game has the better single-player mode.” ” — Harry Jones [Full review]

GameSpot — 9/10

“The licensing issue revolving around PES will likely never going go away, and people are still going to download option files to get all of the official kits and badges anyway. Like its predecessors, eFootball PES 2020 continues to do its talking on the pitch, refining and improving on last year’s game to present what might be the greatest football game ever made.

“Sure, it’s disappointing that you still can’t play as Borussia Dortmund and the majority of the Bundesliga and a few other leagues, and its single-player offering is almost identical to what was included three years ago. But all of this effortlessly drifts to the back of your mind once you step between those white lines and simply start playing the beautiful game.” — Richard Wakeling [Full review]

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