eFootball PES 2020

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
eFootball PES 2020 Game Poster Image
Feature-packed soccer sim delivers on-pitch fun.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

We're committed to diversity in media.

We're updating our reviews to better highlight authentic stories and accurate, diverse representations. See something that needs to be addressed? Suggest an update to this review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Game encourages healthy competition, playing by the rules (or suffering penalties if they're broken), national pride. Promotes outdoor activity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Features many thousands of soccer/football players from around the world, so if they're good role models in real life, they could be considered good role models in the game. But reverse is true, too, of course.

Ease of Play

While there's depth to the gameplay, the player and ball are surprisingly easy to control during each match.

Violence & Scariness

It's not often or graphic, but players can be tripped. Plus, there are minor injuries sustained in some career/managerial modes.

Language

Unmoderated multiplayer could expose kids to inappropriate language.

Consumerism

As with most sports-based video games, there's a ton of branding -- in and around the pitch (field) -- on players, billboards, and in the broadcast-like presentation. Familiar logos of international brands are visible. Examples include Nike, Jeep, and McDonald's. There's an option to spend real money to buy virtual currency in the game, which is used to buy players in one of the modes. In another mode, you can create your own sponsor logos that will be displayed on the media backdrop during interviews. This is also the latest installment in the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that eFootball PES 2020 is a professional soccer simulation for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest installment in the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The game doesn't contain anything inappropriate, but parents should be aware that the game supports live online chat via headset microphone, so players might engage in inappropriate chat with strangers or hear strong profanity. As with most other sports games, PES 2020 also has a lot of advertising with a lot of recognizable brands, like Nike or McDonald's. There's an option to spend real money (microtransactions) in one of the modes.

Wondering if eFootball PES 2020 is OK for your kids?

Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKaren12345678910 September 15, 2020

Awful

Footballers hook up with prostitutes and when you’re a football manager you don’t have the option to reply to complaints from stupid bitches like me
Teen, 16 years old Written byNgamije faustin February 3, 2020

Ngamije

My family ❤️

What's it about?

EFOOTBALL PES 2020 is the latest iteration of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. eFootball PES 2020 once again allows you to play as or against your favorite soccer team in a variety of solo and multiplayer modes. Along with refreshed graphics and animation to push the game's realism, new features include a remastered version of Master League (the celebrated managerial career mode), a brand-new competitive mode called Matchday (where you choose one of two different sides at the start of each weekly event), and new control options. These include better dribbling techniques (aided by consultation with seasoned midfielder Andrés Iniesta), upgraded trapping mechanics, context-sensitive kick accuracy and more realistic defense moves, ball physics, and smoother player interaction.

Is it any good?

Fans of this franchise will find this year's installment to be a gratifying game. eFootball PES 2020 doesn't mess with the formula too much, but new visual and control tweaks and gameplay additions make it a worthy game to kick around with friends. Several new updates were included, allowing for things like better player and ball control, all complemented with seemingly fresh animation and player models. It's not a complete graphical overhaul -- the menu screens are still ugly and convoluted -- but it's a noticeable upgrade over the past couple of PES games. The buildup to a goal is fantastic, because you can feel the anticipation swell on the pitch while inching toward the big moment. Plus, the intensity can be heard through the stadium crowds, too, with a rise in volume and excitement. That said, some AI players (especially in the defense department) still feel like they have work to do. Also, not all the leagues and teams are included (like the English Premier League) because of their exclusive licenses with other games (unlicensed teams are still here, but under a different name).

When it comes to modes, you still have all the solo and multiplayer modes you're familiar with, but the meaty manager mode, Master League, is super fun to play on and off the pitch, and has a better presentation and an interesting story with some twists. The myClub mode is relatively unchanged, allowing you to customize teams and use in-game GP currency or optional myClub coins (bought with real money) to buy additional players and add-ons. Also new this year is a competitive online mode, Matchday, where you choose a side and then face off against rivals in group matches to earn Event Points; the side with the most Event Points at the end of a tournament enters the Grand Final round with an advantage. It's fun, but not earth-shattering. It's not too different from what came before it, but footie fans should agree: eFootball PES 2020 is definitely a kick in the right direction.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how eFootball PES 2020 compares to real soccer games. Are kids and their friends able to replicate some of the feats they see in games?

  • Does the player on-screen live a life you'd want to emulate? Why, or why not?

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love sports

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate