Over the past decade, FIFA’s dominance of football video gaming saw a powerful new rival emerge in the form of Pro Evolution Soccer. However, with the release of the 2011 titles from both powerhouses, FIFA may have once again proven why it’s the king of the virtual playing field.
The tough competition provided by PES seems to have worked effectively in keeping FIFA developers on their toes, with the upcoming release boasting a number of well-received improvements over previous ones. These include the introduction of clear personalities for individual players, making them seem more human and lifelike on and off the pitch, and an even greater focus on individual skills in terms of passing ability, which will no longer be so generically defined.
While these improvements to the gameplay are doubtless what many veterans will find most appealing about the new FIFA title, other quirks and new features may serve to draw over former naysayers from the Pro Evo camp. These include the fun options to customise soundtracks and chants to be played at various points before, during and after the match, as well as the new Creation Centre that takes customised players one step further by allowing players to edit kits, players and stadiums online and share them with friends.
That’s not to say PES is being left on the sidelines though, with its formidable 2011 title being a worthy competitor to FIFA 2011. Creators Konami claim they have improved aspects such as the 360 degree passing ratio, which were previously felt to have let the series down in its next-generation console incarnations, while new additions such as the shot and stamina gauge will provide accurate information about each player’s level of fitness. The AI of previously overlooked players such as defenders will also be improved, meaning they no longer instinctively chase the ball when it enters their area, and can instead choose to close down the attacking player.
But however much Konami improve the technical aspects of PES, the series has always been hindered in contrast to FIFA due to the problems it’s had in signing agreements to use all the big-name teams, with notable names missing from the Premier League in particular, meaning that for those who want to control all of their favourite teams and players, FIFA tends to be a more popular option.
Paul Buchanan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.