eFootball 2022 New Features: 'Power Kicks' revealed & set to take over the meta

eFootball 2022 is arriving in just ONE WEEK!

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So, we're taking an in-depth look at all the new features coming to the game formally known as PES.

Latest - All-new 'Power Kicks'

A feature that will be new to eFootball 2022 is the addition of 'Power Kicks'.

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The power kicks add a new dimension to shooting and passing and can be activated by holding R2/RT and then choosing your input.

However, you will need a good amount of time and space to pull this off.

A normal pass/shot/cross will be green on the power gauge, however, a power kick will turn the gauge blue.

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Key features

Check out some of the key takeaways from the gameplay trailer.

Some of these features will arrive in an update post-launch with further details to come.

Controlling the ball touch

"Players will be able to control the strength of kicking the ball as well as determining dribbling speed; from a knock-on all the way to a full dash, just as in real football.
"In addition, on PlayStation 5, eFootball will make use of the controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to feel the difference of player movements."

Tricking the defender

"With greater freedom to control how the player will trap the ball, each play becomes a mind game. A wide array of dribbles and body feints are also available with intuitive commands.
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"In combination, these ensure that every single duel offers an exciting moment for both attacker and defender."

Steal the ball and create chances

"Players can block their opponent's shot by throwing their body or by reading the kick and cutting the pass.
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"Naturally, stealing the ball close to the opponent’s goal creates an excellent scoring opportunity."

Physical battles

"eFootball recreates the "physical defence", which is so important in real-life football, with a charging command when defending.
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"In addition, the offensive team can also use their bodies to keep the ball in play, making both offensive and defensive play more dynamic."

Perform a Sharp Kick

"An option to charge a “sharp kick”, complete with new animations, will make the game even more technical and exciting.
"Players will be able to perform special kicks, such as sharp crosses, fast lofted passes and rising shots.
"These new actions take more time to execute, so players will need to choose the right opportunities during a match."

Free to Play

Yes the big news this year is that PES is rebranding to "eFootball" as the series becomes free to play.

At launch, the game will be complete with microtransactions arriving in MyClub in the following months once the game is fully rolled out on all platforms.

Cross-play

For the first time, the series will support cross-platform play, with cross-gen matches available at launch and cross-play between PlayStation, Xbox, and PC going live in the autumn, with mobile players joining the fray in the winter.

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Paid DLC

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Just local matches and online play will be available on the free to play eFootball, with those wanting access to the brilliant Master League or Become a Legend, requiring a new paid DLC.

It is yet to be revealed how much this will cost and what exactly it will contain, but we believe this is a great move from Konami to look after their hardcore PES audience.

Gameplay Trailer

Watch the official eFootball gameplay trailer below.

There's plenty to get excited about it here - with Unreal Engine allowing so many new features to arrive in eFootball.