As the biggest sport on a global scale, it makes sense that soccer is the foundation for various video games each year. These games can range from traditional representations of the beautiful game to more abstract takes.
Yet which soccer games were the best to be released in 2020? Below is a ranking of the top five titles to play.
1. eFootball PES 2021
On the surface, Konami’s latest edition of PES doesn’t scream quality. The online and offline modes are limited. The game is restricted in terms of the official licenses it has to offer. The menus and interfaces are a little rough around the edges. Yet when it comes to pure gameplay, eFootball PES 2021 sits above the rest. It offers the most fluid and realistic depiction of soccer on the field
Even though the 2021 edition of the game isn’t much of an update on last year’s installment, it does offer a number of improvements to its already excellent gameplay. Players are more responsive, the AI is more intelligent, plus, it feels even more natural than before.
2. FIFA 2021
There is no bigger soccer franchise than FIFA. In fact, everything else pales in comparison to the popularity of this gaming behemoth. It is the title of choice for YouTubers, Twitch streamers, and tournament organizers. You can even find FIFA betting odds and have a flutter on virtual soccer matches.
So why is FIFA so popular? Well it offers what PES misses out on – a full roster of official licenses, an assortment of game modes, and more stable online servers. Its main highlight is arguably the Ultimate Team game mode, where users purchase player packs and complete trades to assemble the best possible starting eleven. They then use this team to go against players across the world.
3. Football Manager 2021
A significant departure from the previous two games on this list, Football Manager 2021 still has a large fan base among aficionados of the sport. This management simulation sees users focus on transfers, setting up their teams for matches, managing during games, keeping their players happy, and much more.
For those who enjoy strategy more than action, Football Manager is the only option.
4. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions
When you want action but not a realistic soccer simulation, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions helps fill the gap. Based on the anime of the same name, Captain Tsubasa delivers fun and frantic gameplay that’s easy to get to grips with for everyone. Plus, unlike most games based on the sport, this title also features an enjoyable story mode that highlights some of the best moments in the series.
5. Rocket League
Yes, Rocket League isn’t exactly a new game. Yet its switch in September 2020 to a free-to-play model introduced the title to a whole new audience.
Rocket League is also one of the most diverse takes on soccer, where it combines the sport with cars, rocket boosts, and other fun features. Simple enough to get going but difficult to master, there’s something for players of all skill levels.