FIFA 17 vs PES 2017 – The winner is clear

I really, really liked Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 when I played it earlier in September and I stand by the statement that I think it’s one of the best football games released to date.

It taps into the minutiae and minuteto-minute gameplay that is almost impossible to replicate in a sports game.

No game football game has so accurately encapsulated what it’s like to travel away for a mid-week cup tie against hardy opposition or the perfectly-weighted through ball after long bouts of possession.

But it’s also no FIFA.

While those who don’t play it every year are quick to write the game off as “just another roster update”, there’s a reason it’s the only video game millions of people pick up every year – it’s pretty damn good at what it does.

Having a team’s players and licenses with no compromises (even if it’s something of a relatively small fix in PES) is nothing to sniff at, but it’s all the other things it just does better than PES that begin to add up.

It has faster load times, a better soundtrack, a wider array of game modes, and now with the new Frostbite engine you could argue it looks better too.

Add to this a story mode that actually works (in a sports game – a fact that should be applauded in its own right), and the behemoth that is the crazily-addictive FIFA Ultimate Team and FIFA 17 becomes the game to purchase, almost as if against your better judgement.

Konami doesn’t have the resources of EA and the effort it puts out every year should be acknowledged, and quite frankly EA should do some things much better (like fix their broken servers).

As a friend so eloquently put it as we sat down for a session in front of the couch, “PES 2017 is that plucky Tratorria next to a 5-star Michelin restaurant FIFA 17 – just on a quality and quantity level they can’t compete, even if you love their Rabona.”

FIFA is a game that’s become infinitely more commercially interesting than PES and while some may think of that as a negative, it’s something to be applauded, especially as a video game.

FIFA may not be able to hit the incredible beauty of the on-the-pitch football that PES 2017 does, but it does everything else at such a high level it doesn’t matter anyway.

It’s the best FIFA game yet, which means it’s also the best football game this year, bar none.


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  • BrendanMcCT

    But no journey mode for the poor plebs on Xbox 360.

  • BeoTeK

    bollocks

  • Mabenito

    FIFA17.

  • Funkdoobie

    The author is clearly a FIFA fan boy, as this years FIFA is nowhere close to PES. If it wasn’t for the journey mode, FIFA would have been receiving miserable scores all round. The journey mode is the one and only reason to play FIFA, and if you want to play football, PES is the only one this year.

  • Ashley Barnard

    If PES can just get the official licensing then it would dominate FIFA. Because nobody wants to play as Man Blue and Man Red. Ppl are very picky and esp when it comes to football fans if the name is wrong the game is wrong

  • Shaun Flemming

    PES all the way baby

  • mradovan

    On PC – I’m afraid neither.
    After the appalling port of PES 16 last time, I don’t want to see it again. Between EA’s crazy price hikes and the notorious FIFA handicap which always makes one side fly and the other wobble around in slow-mo like a bunch of drunks – makes my blood boil.

  • Wurnman

    Im interested in the story mode…

  • Angelo

    So FIFA better even though “PES gameplay is better”? Pitty that PES doesn’t have more licensed teams. Havent played FIFA in years, have never owned PES. No idea which is best

  • free_2_the_dom

    What an incredibly biased article. This FIFA fanboy is probably still smarting from all the glitches on the pitch and decided to play the story mode called The Journey aka “Kardashian drama mode”. Harambe could have done a comparison like this more justice.

  • free_2_the_dom

    Also, create your own images. My word. Digitalspy either stole it from you or you guys need a gfx guy onboard.

  • Ash27

    PES 17 beats FIFA 17 in the gameplay department but only by a small margin. FIFA 17 beats PES 17 in EVERY other department by a huge margin. I’ve played both games and can honestly say that FIFA 17 is more entertaining and has much more content.

  • Chris

    nope pes is better.sure fifa has presentation game mode and commentary.pes gameplay is better.gameplay is number one priority.

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