Fifa 11 vs Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
It's all kicking off
Review Loyalty in football is a strange thing. Through thick and thin, we stay behind our fave football teams. We remain very opinionated about which broadcaster is better. But we're all glory hunters when it comes to football games - we want the best. Loyalty only lasts so long. There's only ever been two footie games that bring such argument into heated dispute: Konami's Pro Evolution and EA's Fifa and it’s been that way for quite some time.
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Although my first experience of football games was Italia 90 on the Sega Megadrive, I didn't get consciously interested until my SNES and International Superstar Soccer. I dabbled with EA after World Cup 98 on the N64, but when Konami's ISS Pro Evolution arrived on the PlayStation, the Fifa series was relegated to the subs bench. From then on, right through the PS2 era, Pro Evo never lost its appeal.
Until the next gen of consoles came along and EA had a competent platform to outclass, that is. Three or so years ago, I switched teams. With glances over my shoulder each year to constant disappointment, it appeared Fifa had pulled away. Last year's PES 10 was a far inferior game. Some of my friends disagreed, but I felt the realism of Fifa 10 outweighed the arcade-feel to PES that had struggled to evolve much from those PS2 days. There were improvements, but PES still needed the equivalent of a boot thrown across the players' dressing room.
Ronaldo wasn't on any covers this year. Big-headed enough I guess.
Which is why, when I heard PES 2011 had seen an even bigger revamp and bridged the gap with its rival, I rubbed my hands in anticipation. My soft spot for PES is ever present and while I reserve no bias for either title, I definitely wanted a closer fight.
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Have to say I've spent more time playing Sensible Soccer downloaded from Xbox Live than Fifa 2010 on my Xbox. The thing is, Sensi is fun. Remember fun? Quickly loading up a game and giving it a blast? Fifa might be "realistic" but it lacks any kind of fun factor and quickly becomes a chore.
"...I have found it impossible to score with Emile Heskey."
Maybe you should try charging him £1000?
fifa for me too
if you need PES licensing then just download the wenb option file and import it.
i have to say fifa has edged it again for me. fifa has lost a lot of room for movement tho - PES is much better this year than last, excelling in the strategy side of things. i hate the fixed camera angles tho.
i found scoring much easier on fifa this year. i can only suggest you use more real-life tactics to play tho - i guess you were a speed freak on the last years' version? ive scored many goals from all over the shop and plenty of crossed headers too. and ive only played about 20 games as i was on honeymoon when this was released.
EA still annoy me tho that many aspects and problems in previous versions are still there. poor player selection and reactions are 2 of the worst for me.
sorry this ins't realistic enough
if Heskey isn't falling on the floor very 5 minutes, how are we to respect these games?
I'm glad you mentioned ISS. That game (ISS '98, specifically) was an absolute classic and the cause of many a 4am gaming session.