Many gamers spend as long tweaking teams as they do playing with them, hence the importance of managerial controls. While EA hasn't had the need to take major strides, Konami has had to sharpen up this side of the game, and it's made noticeable improvements.
Rather than the ineffective card-based profile nonsense of PES 2010, there’s a drag-and-drop tactics board, similar to Football Manager. Every detail of a match can be planned, right down to 15-minute segments, which can be set by yourself, or a virtual manager. I’m not sure how effective all that is, but it’s a nice addition. I prefer to hit play and get on with it, making a few subs along the way.
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While there seems more scope for tactical tweaks in Pro Evo, both games are more than enough and if you enjoy the management side to football that much, go buy Football Manager.
With a few name changes, Fifa 11 continues with the same features from last year, with the extra inclusion of a pro goalkeeper - though it’s a boring addition. Running low on ideas, EA probably thought, 'may as well', and threw it in for good measure.
In an effort to keep up with Fifa's broad game modes, PES 2011 introduces a few of its own. In addition to licensed cup competitions such as Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Super Cup, there's now the option to play a Master league online. This gives the combined experience of managing a team against others and bidding for the world’s greatest players. If you like the off-field management side of things, you’ll love this feature and will be able to spend countless hours playing it and competing online. Me, I just want to play games, so didn’t dive into it too much.
With enough coins, you can be Roman in PES and I don't mean Abramovich
When it comes to online play, PES 2011 doesn't compare. Fifa has it nailed down, and I can't see it beaten any time soon. It runs better, with smoother menu systems and ranking methods that show PES how it should be done.
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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.