It was the great debate of its time: FIFA versus Pro Evolution.
Many preferred the gameplay on the Konami release, but others just couldn't get past having to use Merseyside Red or Man Red in the game.
In any case, there hasn't been much of a debate on the matter in recent times. FIFA is now clearly much more popular, with the quality of the game having long surpassed that of its once rival.
You don't get many people vouching for the newer versions of Pro Evolution, so much so that the game has undergone a complete rebrand this year.
Not only has it changed its name to the much less exciting sounding 'eFootball 2022', but it also available to download for free.
Even though it costs nothing, early reviews would suggest that it still might be overpriced.
People have been absolutely slating the game in recent days, with its brutal graphics and numerous glitches causing quite the stir.
For example, here's what the crowd in the stadium looks like.
The crowd on Pro Evolution Soccer 22 😅 pic.twitter.com/hToHFnntBM
— Yellow Football (@YellowFootbal) October 1, 2021
In fairness, the crowd doesn't play much of a part in the game. Surely the players themselves look decent?
Not quite. Here are just a few of the screenshots that have been doing the rounds, with the developers absolutely butchering the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pro Evolution Soccer looks…interesting. pic.twitter.com/sbDuCRmLor
— Ray Campbell Lupton 🏴 (@rclstudio) September 30, 2021
Pro Evolution Soccer meets Zombieland pic.twitter.com/v0wpBOYlhM
— Thierry van Es (@Le_Thier) October 2, 2021
Rest in Peace, Pro Evolution Soccer (Winning Eleven) pic.twitter.com/fCB8Upd3q9
— Bruno Costa (@1NADAsobreTUDO) September 30, 2021
That is without even mentioning the numerous glitches that have been spotted so far. The video below sums things up pretty well.
Good to see Pro Evolution Soccer reconnecting with its roots. All it needs now is a team from London called Lake District and Old Trafford renamed Trad Brick Stadium #eFootball2022 pic.twitter.com/m7lbQLBexR
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 1, 2021
In fact, eFootball 2022 is so bad that Konami have already apologised for the game.
— eFootball (@play_eFootball) October 1, 2021
We will probably be sticking to FIFA for this year.