eFootball, Konami’s latest attempt at overtaking FIFA, finally went live today. And things didn’t pan out as the company was hoping. Well, as far as Steam ratings go anyway.
Konami had announced earlier this year that they would rebrand and re-launch their long-standing Pro Evolution Soccer series as eFootball.
The game would now be free-to-play and would feature a seasonal addition of content, similar to Warzone. The game has finally launched and is available on consoles and PC currently. Given PES’s track record, we doubt Konami had super high hopes for eFootball taking off immediately, but even they couldn’t have anticipated the kind of reception it got on Steam.
It is a little too early to judge how the game is performing on consoles, but those playing it through Steam are very far from impressed. So much so that eFootball is currently the worst-rated game in Steams’ history. This comes from Steam 250, which records the best and worst games according to player ratings.
The website functions by taking the number of upvotes a game receives and divides it by the total votes, resulting in a score in the form of a percentage.
As of writing this, only 8.4% of the people who have played eFootball on Steam have left a positive rating. What’s worse for Konami is that some of those positive ratings have been left as a joke. One such review stated that they upvoted only because they enjoy games that remind them of playing on the PS2.
It should be noted that it is super early for eFootball, and there is a high chance that its score on Steam will level out in the coming days and weeks. But this initial hump is a pretty rough one, as the second worst-rated game, which has been at the spot for a while now, is Flatout 3: Chaos and Destruction with a rating of 15.2%.
Players have been posting footage of glitches, mechanics bugging out, and just complaints about the game’s overall look and gameplay as their reasons for a bad review. We’re hoping Konami is already on the job of ironing out these issues because if they don’t fix things fast enough, there’s a good chance this game would be dead on arrival.
eFootball, previously Pro Evolution Soccer, is a football simulation game developed and published by Konami. The series is undergoing a rebrand and will now be a free-to-play, download-only experience.