FIFA has long been the gift of soccer matches. It is still one of the best-selling games every year, even as some installments have disappointed. An ancient rival, however, reappeared in 2019.
Pro Evolution Soccer has taken steps to challenge FIFA's reign as long as the ass of jokes and the poor man's football game are on course to take the crown this year.
With the launch of PES 2020 on September 10, a complete 2 weeks before FIFA 20, it will dazzle fans and become the city's top football game.
Konami takes on EA
If you haven't heard, the PES 2020 Demo from Konami went out in late July and we're living for it.
PES existed in the shadow of FIFA for years, but this year the Japanese gaming firm laid the groundwork, creating a gameplay experience far superior to FIFA's. With both matches mentioned at the same cost; why are you going to splash out for a worse match?
Considering how EA has had a brand benefit with FIFA for years (outselling its nearest rivals last year at a pace of 15 to 1), it comes as no surprise that the designers of American video games are resting on their laurels.
For instance, this year, countless gamers have complained that FIFA 19 gameplay feels too comparable with very few changes to the past 2 versions. Compare this with Konami's attempts to improve their creative process transparency and improvements to most parts of their video game, and well... you get the gist.
Attention to detail
EA are extremely complacent and suppose that their licensing monopoly is sufficient to justify their laziness with enhancements to gameplay, but now PES has battled back in a large manner.
They followed Juventus ' exclusive rights and succeeded, meaning that the eight-time defending Italian champions will not feature on FIFA 20, but will be substituted by the laughable Piemonte Calcio. They supported this by agreeing fresh alliances with Bayern Munich and Manchester United, as well as renewals with Barcelona, Arsenal and Celtic.
Konami was able to secure the Brazilian national setup's exclusive rights. Which could imply that this year alone the national team could appear on PES. This year, PES is well and truly back, and the much enhanced licensing strategy is just the iceberg tip.
Focusing on enhancing the gameplay of PES 2020, online as well as offline, could turn their follow-up cult into a global fandom. The slower gameplay pairs with the near ball control particularly well, giving the game a fluid and intuitive feel.
Physics engine enhancements enable a deeper gameplay experience. With enhanced ball physics and distinctive first touches, the designers strive for an authentic feeling.
The Evolution of PES
During the mid-2000s, having owned a few editions of PES, I lived through the days Konami failed to obtain any licensing. The outcome was teams called' North London Red' by Arsenal and' North London White' by Spurs. We saw the dark ages of PES, where some soccer players couldn't look more distinct than their virtual counterparts.
It's noteworthy to see how much the game has improved after not playing PES for the best part of a century.
Konami had concentrated heavily on enhancing the appearances of virtual players. Using Manchester United this week on the demo. Konami's attention to detail is amazing.
The portrayal of David de Gea is unusually precise, with Konami concentrating on the most minute information to make their game more authentic.
I was persuaded by slight angle twitches and camera angle changes that I was watching a match on TV. Konami gathered momentum with every passing season, but this year's leap brought them to unchartered land.
Konami is taking measures to revolutionize eFootball, develop their game to give the player a higher feeling of agency, with fresh interactive dialog systems in the Master League game mode placing the reins in the player's hands when controlling the progress of their story.
Players can select answers that match their character and help them develop their own private tale of the Master League.
This involves custom sponsorship logos for team kits and the accessibility as an avatar of iconic directors like Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Zico.
PES developers also teased fans with their brand new Matchday game mode, which aims to close the gap between virtual space and reality and enable gamers to emulate the achievement of their favorite club.
The Limitations of FIFA
Loyal adherents of FIFA have produced their voices heard online and are disappointed with the absence of modifications in modes such as Ultimate Team and Career Mode.
EA's Career Mode Pitch Notes described their implementation of Player Morale System and Manager Customization pre-and post-match interviews, but as discussed in a piece published previously this week, it falls dramatically short of our high expectations.
These are cool characteristics, but we want MORE! We want some kind of certainty that FIFA has made their game more realistic, as watching 35-yard rainbow-flick volleys fly into the top corner is getting a little older now.
The pursuit of realism by Konami can be attributed to their enhanced fan feedback account, and we want to see some of these attempts matched by EA! The said Pitch Notes, which highlighted improvements to FIFA 20's career mode, have overwhelmed fans worldwide.
These fans also saw official FIFA 20 in-game visuals, which also didn't go down very well.
With all this following overwhelming falls of Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs data, it looks like this year's EA will be brief.
FIFA’s Redeeming Features
It's not all doom and gloom for FIFA loyalists; EA revealed 17 fresh playgrounds to be featured in FIFA 20 Volta in the official Volta Pitch Notes published yesterday. They range from a neon-lit rooftop in Tokyo to the return of the iconic cage of FIFA 18, located in the heart of the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Pass, lob, and shoot with extra flair, and even bait the defense with a range of cheeky taunts. This addition is a classy touch by EA, acting as a node to ancient FIFA Street editions and reminding us how much FIFA and the beautiful game really influenced our childhood.
You really believed I was going to complete this post with nothing bad about PES to say? Well, you're mistaken. Although the FIFA 20 Demo will not fall until September, some problems were confirmed by Konami's early release of the PES demo.
First, the menu displays appear to be somewhat less user-friendly than FIFA's, with the transition between game modes taking a little longer than desirable.
I also discovered it particularly hard to modify the line-up and the formations, with Konami expecting players to know the meaning of each symbol.
The enhanced QOL designs of FIFA 20 also highlight this weakness of PES 2020, but with their Demo out and fan feedback coming back in, we could see some improvements ahead of the complete launch in September.
With all that said, it's more interesting than ever to see the playing field. A bit of healthy competition from these two gaming giants could bring out the very best, which is only useful to the fans.
I still find it confusing how last year Konami created a game masterpiece and was outsold by a stunning margin. Football fans must wake up after the bandwagon and stop.
Try PES 2020 if you have an open mind and want something else this year. The internet demo was a breath of fresh air when the complete match falls on September 10 it's going to be the year's best football game.
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