Every year for football fans, there is this dilemma which leads to a passionate debate, whether Pro Evolution Soccer is best or FIFA is best. These two football games back their rivalry to ten years, where PES and its near-perfect gameplay was the popular title.
Moving on these years, FIFA made changes to their gameplay and made their game better and better for the fans making it to overtake and far exceed the quality and success made by PES. Now, every year these two giants of video game football go head to head, attempting to win over fans for their game.
Earlier in those days, EA Sports FIFA provided more of an arcade experience of the game and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer was praised for its proper game of football, even though it lacked all the player names and teams from FIFA.
For any football game the gameplay, tactics, graphics, team licenses and the game experience decide which is the best. So, to decide which is best among these two, we have compared both these games under these given criteria.
It is to be noted that both these games are released for the next-gen consoles for the first time.
In FIFA 15, the next-gen graphics used by EA Sports looks stunning. The presentation of the game looks like we are watching a football game in television. For instance, the player’s jersey’s movements and getting covered in dirt during the matches feel more natural and realistic.
EA have also updated and tweaked more details off field like on the sidelines, you’ll see LED ads, ball boys throwing the balls back to the players, cameraman, coaches, and lots more. Also, the audience looks dynamic and alive throughout the game.
The goal celebrations are also taken into account, as the players are given a special customization of controls to celebrate the goal they just scored. The replay system was overhauled by EA as they look realistic with the movements and camera angles, making us feel like watching the match in front of TV.
In PES 15, the player resemblance looks amazing and beautiful as we can see the players faces and guess their names correctly without seeing the profiles. Thanks to their new FOX engine, almost all of the famous star players are easily recognizable to their every detail of expressions, scars, hair cuts and beards.
The stadiums in Pro Evolution Soccer have always been a step ahead in atmosphere and setting and always improves better every year. The way the fans cheers changing from team to team, tells us which team is playing in their home stadium, even their banners give the impression of watching a real game.
The player celebrations are realistic in this game unlike FIFA, as the players original celebrations are carried out, after scoring a goal, Gareth Bale shows his trademark heart symbol for fans. The replay system may not be spectacular as FIFA, but the manual moving of the camera allows you to watch the goals from every angle and zoom the camera in on every player’s face.
The animations in PES 2015 are really impressive this year and consists of several high quality moves. The players can now make better chances of the less space with their skills and the return of PES ID, where individual players have their own style and animation, makes PES even more realistic.
For example, Ronaldo’s gameplay is easily identifiable from the frame and motions, almost as if we are watching in the TV. Mainly, the goalkeepers are tweaked to more realistic in this version, they have improved significantly, now its even harder to score past them after the opponents equalise. The gameplay looks more natural in PES.
The animations in FIFA 15 have also improved, the players react more emotionally in the field, they will look angry if things go wrong, just like in real life. FIFA doesn’t offer the ID like PES, but we can surely feel the fast dribbling of Messi, Ronaldo and the typical ball stopping control of Aguero when we are controlling them.
However, in FIFA 15, the goalkeepers are more responsive and have 50 new animations, created by digitizing the movements of Everton’s and USA’s goalkeeper, Tim Howard. The punching away shots, touching the ball with fingertips, and much more looks extraordinary in the game.
The renewed tactics menu in FIFA 15, makes it easier to customize your formation and possible in giving the instructions to each player.
Like, for instance you can give freedom of movement to your superstar player, by getting the wingers to help out in defense or have the center backs push up and play as strikers if you’re in the dying minutes of the game when you desperately need a goal. This new system allows to do all this strategies.
But in PES 15, specific adjustments and improvements have been made to the tactics and strategy system. They have always been fantastic and these new improvements make them feel better.
Konami provides a complete range of dynamics in the field as changing the behaviour of the team based on the situation of the game increases the simulation aspect of this game.
#4 Original licenses
The major drawback of PES series, is it doesn’t provide the original team names and licenses. However, there are always fan made mods and patches available for this game in internet.
But, PES offers the official competitions like UEFA Champions league and UEFA Europa League, even European Super Cup and the Copa Libertadores.
When you play the Champions league in PES, an introductory video plays with the official Champions league theme with the banner unveiling the champions of the year, it just gives goosebumps. PES can try to obtain licenses for all the major teams, stadiums, and European competitions in the future.
Comparatively, in FIFA, all the teams, leagues, stadiums, players names are provided correctly. There are over 25 championships all licensed in this game and you also have the complete Premier League, along with all the stadiums from the first division.
But, FIFA 15 doesn’t offer those official competitions, so you’re forced to play the standard championship or made up tournaments over and over.
#5 Game experience
In FIFA 15, EA have significantly improved the terms of gameplay, animations and responsive controls. It gives the impression of watching the match live in TV and the playing is fun and entertaining.
On top of that the skill games, endless game modes and FIFA Ultimate Team (the mode that enables players to create their own fantasy teams by purchasing packs of player cards using in-game currency has been FIFA’s main selling point in these last two years) will keep you occupied with this game.
But this PES 15, with it’s use of FOX engine, have improved the game a whole lot compared to it’s previous versions. The gameplay, animations, players realistic graphics have been significantly improved, and the specific movements of the players and their control touches are truly exceptional in this game.
The transitions, the players movements, the team play, the AI teams, and its different playing styles gives you the real experience of football simulation compared to FIFA.
In conclusion, FIFA 15 have introduced many new features, animations, the renewed tactics and graphics, but PES 15 have also managed to catch up with many of these aspects with their new game engine, which makes the players resemblance more realistic and have pretty much improved from its previous versions giving the game new value.
It’s really difficult for fans to make a choice of which is the best, but come the end of the day, each game offers it’s very own experience, and is always offers more entertainment and fun for the players.