Given that FIFA Coins has become so famous and mainstream, it seems as if Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer doesn’t even exist on the radar of players. What’s the best soccer game to play? For many people out there, this one’s probably a no-brainer.
The reason behind Pro Evo’s unpopularity can be attributed to its slightly different control mechanics and perhaps the fact that it doesn’t have names of official teams and players due to licensing issues. Many also stay far from it, just because it’s not FIFA. The truth, however is that Pro Evolution Soccer is a highly underrated game, and actually has some features that are far better than EA’s best seller.
Let’s give the due credit and start with the fame that FIFA has achieved. It’s not easy being number 1 in the sports gaming category, and EA was the first and only company to acquire official rights from FIFA. This is one major reason for its success, as a huge percentage of players really stress over the official names of teams, leagues and players.
The said official licensing also means that the players themselves are used for photography and performance, captured by EA’s studios to ensure accuracy. Pro Evolution, however, sacrifices realism for a more arcade-like style to allow fast-paced gameplay.
A similar topic on Digital Spy ranks the two games side-by-side, comparing FIFA’s official licenses, gorgeous visuals, and deliberate passing mechanics to Pro Evolution’s fluid and fast-paced passing and Player ID system. FIFA boasts better visuals consistently, while Pro Evo loses some points when showing players from up close, although looks amazing when the game is in full swing.
Another win for Pro Evolution is the Master League game mode, which feels like a different game in itself and remains to be one of the strongest aspects of the game. With the reinvigorating career mode and fast paced gameplay, we strongly believe that PES 2016 is the winner here, while FIFA 16 coins churns out the same formula with slightly updated rosters.
What are your thoughts on the two competing football titles? Will you try the Pro Evolution Soccer or stick with FIFA? Players need to give Pro Evolution Soccer another chance, especially since the game is now free to play.