Most đoạn phim games, even blockbuster sequels, exist in a kind of isolation. You treat each one like a self-contained entertainment experience. Football/soccer games, though, live in a very different reality than most video clip games. For one, they’re sports games, which means a new one is released every year, a schedule that presents challenges khổng lồ developers & problems for fans, who have lớn pick through bullshit bullet-point kinh doanh to decide whether it’s worth playing a trò chơi that’s likely very similar to one they spent months playing last year.
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Instead of being a single game that we look at in a vacuum và treat on its own merits, each year’s release is merely the latest chapter in ongoing sagas.
The other weird thing about them is that FIFA vs PES is sports clip gaming’s only true rivalry. Most other sports are dominated by a single game, whether by force (like Madden’s NFL rights monopoly) or by virtue (you’d be forgiven for forgetting NBA Live even exists given how popular NBA 2K is).
FIFA and PES, on the other hand, are like Batman và The Joker, their entire existence defined by the presence of the other. You can’t play PES without talking about FIFA’s licenses, & you can’t play FIFA without talking about PES’ gameplay, because those things are as much a result of targeting the competitor’s weaknesses as their own inherent strengths.
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And being sports games, titles that many fans devote 9-12 months of the year to, there’s generally only room in people’s schedules (let alone wallets) to get one of them. So the matter of comparing FIFA and PES isn’t just an interesting exercise in approach & scale, for many people it’s important business!
Ever since Konami’s PES series switched lớn the Fox Engine a few years back, it has enjoyed a short period of (critical, at least) superiority over its flashier competitor, which limped through the early years of the XB1/PS4 generation with an engine that was, to lớn put it kindly, dated as fuck.
While FIFA turned up every year with its licenses & its advertising budget, over the past few seasons PES has built a superior sản phẩm where it felt it counted most—and also in the only place Konami could afford to lớn compete—which was on the pitch.
I said as much last year. An ageing FIFA simply couldn’t compete with PES’ more physical và accurate representation of the flow of a trò chơi of football, its deep pockets và extensive licensing no longer able khổng lồ paper over the cracks in its on-field product.
This year, though, things are different. While PES offers the standard “same trò chơi but with a few new tiny features” sports trò chơi approach, FIFA feels lượt thích a brand new series. Not necessarily in terms of how it plays, but in how it’s been presented.
But first, PES. There’s not much lớn say about PES that isn’t boring “well this is slightly better/different than last year” breakdowns. It was a very good football trò chơi last year let down by terrible presentation & a disappointing lack of official licenses. This year it’s an even better football game still let down by terrible presentation with a license situation that’s even worse.
There’s just something about the Fox engine và Konami’s code at the moment that has the series in a footballing sweet spot, somewhere it probably hasn’t been this comfortable in since PES’ 20006 glory days. Everything from the movement of the ball khổng lồ the physicality of players feels great, with the result that (WARNING: sports đoạn clip game cliche ahead) the game you play on the screen often looks a lot like a game of actual professional football, if not in terms of visuals then at least in flow & build-up play.
PES 2017 takes last year’s game và just...cleans it up. Most notably the game’s player animations are less stiff, which had long been a problem for the series, but stuff like crosses & holding the ball up also feel tighter.
There’s something euphoric about the way you can string things together in PES 2017. Seeing a winger whip in a low cross that a striker takes, shoulders a defender he’s holding off then slides it into the bottom corner doesn’t look or feel lượt thích a video game moving from one programmed phối of circumstances khổng lồ the next. It just flows, elegantly, like a football should when its finding its through a bunch of world-class players into the back of the net.
FIFA doesn’t play that nicely. It’s not that it’s a bad football game, far from it, but when you play the two side by side it doesn’t take long to see which one plays the better game. FIFA has a new engine, which should have fixed a number of its longstanding issues, yet for whatever reason many of these persist. Players move lượt thích they’re ice-skating on grass & have the turning circle of cement trucks, while too many parts of the game, especially in attack, still feel lượt thích they’re a little bit on rails.
Making matters worse for FIFA is that defending this year is...yeesh. It’s not that it’s hard, it’s that there’s an obvious game design issue at play here where EA Sports wanted to do away with the idea that a football player can simply win back the ball whenever they want by hitting a button, và instead want lớn subject you lớn minutes of frustration as you watch an opponent stroke the ball around.
I see their point! That’s how football works, & in making the ball so hard khổng lồ win back in defence, they obviously want you to take better care of it in possession. Problem is, this is a đoạn phim game, not a UEFA badge coaching course, và that is not fun.
Things that are fun in FIFA this year include shooting, which feels a lot crisper and feasible at long distances, new set piece controls which seem to be frustrating hardcore players (no doubt simply because they’re new) but which I love & a very effective new way to turn your shoulder và maintain possession in traffic or in the presence of a close defender.
It also looks a lot better. The shift to lớn the Frostbite engine has finally banished the old “thug” character models, with their giant shoulders and cartoon faces & weird warping effect on the jerseys whenever they raised their arms. In their place are modern, realistic football players. I don’t think FIFA’s faces are quite as nice as PES’, but it’s a matter of splitting hairs. This trò chơi looks good.
And hey, lượt thích I said, it’s not like FIFA 17 is a bad football game. It’s the best FIFA has handled in years, & taken in isolation (which for many people who only play FIFA it may well be) it’s a very fine sports title.
Overall, though, PES 2017 is much better at playing a trò chơi of football. If that’s all you care about, & is all you base your purchasing/time devotion decisions on, there you go. Have at it, and enjoy yourself.
If you’re still with me, though, let’s talk about how sports games are more complex than just “which trò chơi plays better”.
Despite all the changes that have been made to lớn FIFA this year và all the refinements PES has introduced over the past couple of years, I think the football landscape in năm 2016 looks a lot like it did in 2014, when I said “Pro Evo plays better than FIFA, but that’s not enough”.
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Because that’s the position we again find ourselves in. PES plays a tremendous game of football, even better than it did two seasons ago, but its deficiencies in just about every other area—coupled with one massive addition to FIFA’s offering—make recommending it over EA’s series a tough proposition.
Konami’s PES slogan, “The Pitch Is Ours”, is supposed to be a rallying cry lớn hardcore fans that this is the game you want if you want the best trò chơi of football. In reality, it reads almost as a sad exclamation, accidental self-parody that the pitch is the only thing Konami can actually manage khổng lồ get right.
From clumsy menus to to minimal upgrades for vi xử lý core components like Master League to a PC version that deserves a fiery death, everything about the nuts and bolts of PES—the things that over the months you spend more time in than actual games—feels budget, broken and/or underdone. How many years vày we have to say this until Konami does something about it?
Its online play is a shadow of FIFA’s Ultimate Team juggernaut, and commentary is a stilted, robotic embarrassment. This may all sound like fluff, but over the course of your time with a sports game, as you wait through load times, navigate menus và dig into modes & options over first weeks & then months, it all adds up!
And that’s before we get to licensing. Which is dreadful. It’s somehow even worse than last year. There’s no Bayern Munich, despite Mario Götze appearing in the team’s colours on the cover of PES 2015. There’s no Juventus. Worst of all, there is no Real Madrid.
Long-term fans may scoff at this, numb as they are khổng lồ Konami’s repeated failings in this area, but for most people (and me) this is a big deal. They want to lớn see real teams play against other real teams in real stadiums, & they want to be able to vì chưng so without having to tinker with image files và user-created kits lượt thích PES half-asses.
FIFA has long let them indulge in that kind of stuff, but in FIFA 17 EA absolutely murders Konami with the introduction of The Journey, which for me has been the deal-breaker in this year’s contest between the two games. If you feel like EA had an advantage when it came khổng lồ stuff lượt thích names and kits, you’re going khổng lồ love what happens when you’re dropped on the ground floor and start living that stuff first-hand.
The Journey is EA’s first serious attempt at creating something 2K has been doing with its NBA 2K series for years: namely, provide a proper singleplayer story mode, complete with a narrative & cutscenes. It’s more than just a single new game mode, though. This isn’t some bullet point for the back of the box. Just like 2K’s My
Career, The Journey is being positioned as the centrepiece of FIFA 17, and for a guy lượt thích me who prefers singleplayer, that’s exactly what it’s become.
Unlike PES’ career modes—or even FIFA’s older equivalents, which are still present deeper in the menus—The Journey puts you in the shoes of a pre-designed character, who has his own backstory & physical appearance.
Beginning as a young boy, you control a guy named Alex Hunter as he makes his way through the ups & downs of the professional trò chơi in England, experiencing everything from a loan spell with a lower-division team khổng lồ cup finals & Premier League titles.
The Journey isn’t just a fancy singleplayer mode for a sports game, though. It’s practically a full-blown RPG experience. While you’ll be playing actual games of football, you also have lớn take part in training sessions with your team, which at first are used as tutorials for newcomers, but which soon become the best way for you to level up Alex’s stats (both his overall numbers và by unlocking và attaching specific perks); the better you bởi in each drill (essentially FIFA mini-games), the more you’ll improve, và the better your chances of making the starting XI for the next game, which in turn will give you more game time & more chances to cấp độ up.
Adding khổng lồ the RPG feel are the quantity and quality of cutscenes that are used lớn break up the football. Sure, the story is corny as hell (it’s your standard “boy come good” sports tale), but it’s told with genuine sincerity, a few lighter moments and some very fancy cutscenes helping it all go down a little easier
So far so 2K My
Career, but one thing FIFA improves on its own is that it tailors the game experience khổng lồ suit the story. Instead of just asking you to lớn play and then loosely cobbling some cutscenes together based on your performance, The Journey directly intervenes in your game sometimes lớn suit its narrative needs, creating roster spots for fictional characters on actual teams (which 2K has also done this year), injuring star players to lớn give you your first shot and transferring big players (like Harry Kane) into your club lớn give the manager an excuse to lớn present you with your career’s first roadblock.
It makes the whole thing feel lượt thích a more complete, coherent package than just a collection of cutscenes padding your games. Và while it runs into many of My
Career’s problems later down the line—like a drop in cutscenes once you establish yourself in a mid-career grind—its strong opening & overall packaging have made it one of the most enjoyable things I’ve played in a sports game in a long time.
Is The Journey going to mean much to the kind of person who obsesses over pack opening videos on You
Tube? Maybe. But it definitely means a lot to me, a solitary player who used to lớn craft his own narratives in career mode anyway, but can now indulge this style of play on a (relatively) Hollywood scale. It’ll also mean a lot to lớn a more casual player, who now gets a guided tour of sorts (including tutorials) through the meat of FIFA’s offering, while also serving as perhaps the only major sports games that is now totally welcoming of any brand new players, whether they be football fans taking their first steps in an RPG, or maybe even vice versa.
It’s a key part of the FIFA 17 experience, a real reason khổng lồ pick this trò chơi up even if you’re not a hardcore football trò chơi player, and it’s one that PES can’t even offer, let alone match.
I’m disappointed that FIFA’s move lớn a new engine didn’t result in a bigger improvement khổng lồ its on-field offering, and I’m disappointed that despite year after year of feedback PES still can’t seem khổng lồ fix their shit when it comes lớn basic issues of navigation và presentation.
Indeed, the established divides/cliches between the two series—that FIFA is the skin và PES is the soul of football—have become so entrenched this year that you almost wish the two studios could climb out of the trenches on Christmas Day, shake hands, join forces and release a single football game. Let Konami handle the on-field code and EA can do...everything else.
Since that’s never going to lớn happen, though, we’re left with this eternal struggle, which some years is won by the plucky underdog, but which most years—like this one—is carried by the global juggernaut which is able lớn devote so much money và manpower lớn their trò chơi that even when it’s not as good a football game, it remains the more enjoyable experience overall.
I played PES 2017 on PS4. I played FIFA 17 on Xbox One. I also played PES 2017 on PC, which is an embarrassing port, so that you don’t have to.
There are 3.5 bn football fans worldwide và millions of football đoạn clip gamers. Which title vì they prefer lớn play then? Statistics show that FIFA franchise is more appealing to lớn retailers & wholesalers than Pro Evolution Soccer. Why does FIFA 17 score better than Pro Evolution Soccer 2017? & why should you invest in FIFA 17? We have compared the two games và come together with the verdict. Take a read!
Number of copies sold
Both video games have a long history with dozens of published titles và millions of copies sold. In 2010, FIFA franchise broke the cấp độ of 100 million units sold. Pro Evolution Soccer series, on the other hand, sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. Let’s dive deeper into how both games sold over the years.
FIFA statistics look optimistically. Its sales rose from 6 million (FIFA 07) lớn 16 million (FIFA 16). FIFA 15 reached the record sales with 19 million copies sold worldwide.
When it comes khổng lồ Pro Evolution Soccer, sales figures turn out to lớn be less encouraging. In 2008, 8.5 mln copies were sold, which is a pretty good result. The year-earlier Pro Evolution Soccer bought its way to lớn success by selling 6.55 mln copies as compared with FIFA 07 with 6.37 mln copies sold. Unfortunately, Pro Evolution Soccer sales have been on the decline since 2008. In 2016, the trò chơi reached the critical point of selling only 1.5 mln units worldwide. Yes, Pro Evolution Soccer has been stagnating for years, while FIFA sales are evidently on the increase.
Sports licensing as a key to success
Consumed by football fans, the definitive market leader – FIFA 17 offers unique and numerous official licenses that result in the appearance of over 30 leagues, and more than 650 playable teams from around the world. Konami, on the other hand, has announced official partnerships with FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, Borussia Dortmund, Club Atlético River Plate và Brazilian Football Confederation (including đôi mươi fully licensed teams). The number of licenses has so far translated into better sales. After all, football fans look forward lớn realistic on-pitch experience by playing their favorite teams.
Another advantage of FIFA 17 is that it contains women’s national teams, therefore it can be appealing to lớn the female audience as well. It’s worth remembering that women have their cốt truyện in the gaming community, which is likely khổng lồ affect your profits.
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In-game nội dung and business potential
One of the notable differences between FIFA & Pro Evolution Soccer is that the former has a wider variety of in-game options. FIFA’s unassailable lead comes down to lớn the feature-rich online modes including career mode, the popular Ultimate Team mode along with The Journey, the recently released mode. Overall, the rich content results in a strong position of the game among players.
Football aficionados enjoy FIFA
Some surveys show that as many as 64% of gamers prefer FIFA 17 khổng lồ Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. Take into trương mục 3.5 billion football fans around the world, the part of which may be avid gamers. The best-fit football đoạn clip game providing a rich in-play offering is FIFA. Have you got it in stock? If not, who will cater to your players’ expectations?