There are countless descriptors for the disastrous eFootball 2022 launch but one oddly accurate tag was added to the game's Steam store page.
Longtime PES fans were left in shambles on September 30, 2021, when the abominable successor to the series launched in a horrendous state. Wonky animations, bad models, worse game mechanics, terrible optimisation - whichever problem can cross your mind, eFootball 2022 had it at release.
On top of that, the game climbed to the top of the ladder for worst-rated games on Steam, handily beating its competitors like FlatOut 3: Chaos and Destruction or C&C 4: Tiberian Twilight.
It is for all these reasons that disappointed fans kept branding the game Psychological Horror, as a reference to the mental torture of playing through what seems like a port of a mobile game.
Initially, this moniker existed only in user reviews and forums where disillusioned fandom discussed their frustrations but now it appears to be at least somewhat official. Someone managed to sneak the "Psychological Horror" tag into the store page on Steam, which could potentially serve as another warning on top of the Overwhelmingly Negative score .
It's somewhat humorous to see a sports game branded as Psychological Horror but at least we know where the roots of such a tag are coming from. There is also a "sexual content" tag for some reason but that one has remained an enigma for us.
Konami issued an apology for the disastrous launch but it remains to be seen what, if anything, can be done about fixing all the issues eFootball 2022 currently has under the hood.