Let’s compare the two titles dedicated to the world of football to see the pros and cons. PES 2009 And FIFA 09 they have certainly made improvements from the previous chapters, but FIFA succeeded where PES could not and so, vice versa.
Two different worlds collide to give life to the challenge everyone was waiting for and so we begin with our review. The games can be distinguished starting from the menus. FIFA presents itself with a sober style and very light music, to give it a more “busy” touch. PES, in response, aims at younger people with mural-style graphics and pleasantly fast music.
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FIFA it presents itself excellently from the licensing point of view. You can dispute over 25 championships, not excluding the smaller ones such as the Italian Serie B. There are some flaws. Some players’ names have been mispronounced and perhaps one or two teams may be made up of unknown players, but as far as clubs are concerned, the names and crests are the authentic ones.
The possibility of being able to connect to the internet to keep the statistics of each player always updated to reflect them in the real ones is excellent (Adidas Live Season).
PEShowever, seems to suffer a lot in this respect. Far fewer championships make the game variety rather monotonous and the presence of invented names does not contribute to the joy of fans of the game Konami.
The latter could take the trouble to edit their favorite team starting from the names of the individual players, up to the physical appearance but, is the game worth the candle?
In the context Champions Leauge, PES offers magical moments, during and before the match. But, it brings with it a negative aspect. In fact, it is not possible to play with all the teams that participated in the Champions League this year and it would seem that German football is completely non-existent (Bundesliga and the main German club do not exist).
Here too, two completely different styles. FIFA offers a much more realistic view and the stadiums will give you goosebumps. While PES tried to give a more drawn look to the players, having a great effect on the close-ups of the players. Although, overall, FIFA manages to come out on top.
You can see this right from the start, from the animations, the jerseys, the stadiums and so on. FIFA has made great strides in recent years and seems to have caught up with PES without any problems. The latter, however, does not offer great innovations and many may dispute the choice to adopt graphics that are practically identical to the previous title.
As for realism, both have flaws. FIFA doesn’t seem very credible, even if the contrasts between players (for example, when they wait for a ball from above) are really well done. The ball, however, seems to have remained the same as in previous EA chapters. It may happen that some rebounds are totally unnatural and that the shots do not give any emotion.
PES, on the other hand, is much more frenetic. The players, very fast, run here and there giving little weight to the contrasts, therefore. The ball control, however, is very good.
Furthermore, the Konami game also presents differences from FIFA in terms of game movement. PES, as already mentioned, is more frenetic and features more solo actions made up of dribbling and “magic”. FIFA, on the other hand, is heavier and slower, a continuous series of passes until the enemy defense opens up.
In short, FIFA tries to give a more realistic tone but the various flaws in terms of animations and ball control make everything more fictitious. PES, on the other hand, is closer to the “imaginative” world of footballmaking many fans happy, but also losing that “realism” that never hurts in a football game.
The gameplay of FIFA is made rather heavy by the “forced” movements of the players that make up your team and, most of the time (if not always), the action will take place with a series of endless passes trying to throw the tip forward. Difficult to say and also to do, probably. Many of the passages seem really unrealistic, with impossible and often even wrong trajectories. FIFA is a game more designed for tactics but the controls are not on its side. The various tricks can be performed using the right stickwith which you can do anything. But, controlling it is far from easy and all this makes the progress of the game unfunny and unrealistic.
Furthermore, FIFA for PC offers the possibility of controlling your players with the mouse and keyboard, perhaps restoring a fluidity that is lost with the joypad. You can order your teammates to sprint, kick on goal and you can perform various tricks (heel kicks, overhead kicks and so on), with simple movements of the peripheral.
PES it’s a completely different story. He brings the fast component of football into play. The players (especially the best known) they are extremely fast but ball possession is not affected but rather encouraged by the various tricks available (less than those of FIFA, but certainly simpler to perform). PES is a game of direct attack, of solitary actions or at most a few one-twos before being in front of the goalkeeper.
Precisely this type of game, so unbridled, makes the most important aspect of football less enjoyable. The team. It’s practically impossible to manage concrete action at the pace of PES.
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Although it offers multiple possibilities for manually modifying the view, it seems very complex to find a suitable one. The views of FIFA are very open, precisely due to the slowness of the players, but this particularly affects the possibility of showing the player well-made animations.
Furthermore, in the wide field view, you will have many difficulties managing an aerial action because the doors will be shot essentially in profile and will distort the depth view.
PES, on the other hand, despite not having all the options of FIFA, has an excellent camera which gives the possibility of greater awareness even in actions in front of goal.
The audio sector presents significant problems for PES. As for the environment it is truly unlistenable. The noise of the ball is very fake and the chants are rare and poorly made (although it is possible to upload your own). The commentary, however, was very good. There aren’t many sentences but the interpretation is excellent and in sync with the action.
FIFA reverses everything. The commentary is rather poorly organised. A few phrases that repeated can get tiring. The ambient audio, however, is good. Excellent pitch noises, fans, discreet, but offering good sensations when the choirs are sung.
FIFA wins and wins again. Multiple online modes among which, singles, tournaments, championships and above all the 10vs10. No lag problems on servers managed by EA and anyone with at least a decent connection will be able to play without the slightest problem for hours.
Another story, however, for PES. Few modes, including 1vs1, 2vs2 And Myths Online. Unstable servers contribute to lag which, even not being very heavy as in the previous chapter, can ruin the gaming experience.
Two completely different games and both have some flaws. Trying FIFA and PES before purchasing one of the two is a must.
FIFA isn’t very convincing when it comes to visuals and heavy action. But PES hasn’t made any progress in the field of playability which, moreover, was easily taken over by FIFA (even if still a little heavy).
If you were to judge the two titles according to how much they have improved since their previous edition, Fifa 09 would certainly have the podium guaranteed.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009:
Audio – 7 – Good commentary. Much less its environmental ones.
Graphics – 6 – Non-existent changes from the old version.
Playability – 9 – Excellent controls, easy and intuitive.
Longevity – 7 – Few online modes, but Become a Legend is very fun and well handled.
Total – 7.8 – A good mark. Pretty bad if you think about the career of this series. Pretty non-existent news. There is some fun, but too few online modes and single player championships.
Audio – 7 – The opposite of PES. His ambient, stadium and choirs are good. A little less commentary. Repetitive and unconvincing.
Graphics – 8 – Giant strides for FIFA since the previous editions. Excellent animations.
Playability – 6 – Rather poor, even considering the physics of the ball.
Longevity – 9 – Many modes both online and single player.
Total – 8 – EA definitely outpaced Konami this year. Excellent news and updates even if FIFA still has several problems.