Wednesday, 29 September 2010

FIFA 11 Vs. PES 2011... Clash of the Football (Soccer) Titans

Well it's about the time of year when FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer (Pro Evo to those who play it religiously) go head to head in the 'oh we have new features that makes us much better than last year' and really all they've done is update the team sheets to reflect the latest transfers. This time around both games are suggesting that there are a lot of new features to be had.

According to EA Sports, FIFA 11 is bringing Personality+ to the ring. With Personality+ a footballer's abilities on the pitch is mirrored authentically in game, creating individual personalities. This means that players should react more like you'd expect them to in real life such as Rooney holding off defenders or Cristiano Ronaldo diving at the merest sign of being tackled!

An overhaul to the passing system has been introduced and is based upon the users skill, the players skill level and the urgency on the pitch. If they pull it off an accurate pass in a high tempo game might be difficult to pull off but when it does then I am sure you'll witness the perfect defence splitting pass.

FIFA 11 is out in the UK and EU on Friday 1st October and is available for pre-order here
FIFA 11 was released on 28th September in the US and is available here if you haven't already got it.

Available for PS3, XBox 360, Wii and more (I think it's also going to be released for the PS2 and PSP)

As expected Konami is not lying down and is launching PES 2011 with some new and enhanced features of it's own. Boasting a significant list of changes including the obligatory looking prettier improvement and better player animations making the players move and look more realistic and several gameeplay improvements.

The goalkeepers and defenders have had an overhaul, adding increased player control over goalkeeping decisions and making defenders harry their opponents trying to force a mistake rather than going to the ball. An improved feint and turning system allowing players to sell the dummy easier by mapping their favourite feinting skills to specific controller actions.

Pro Evolution Soccer also introduces what they call the 'Total Control' system. A system by which the player has more control over the type, direction and weight of a passes, throughballs, throw-ins and more. These tweaks are supposed to allow the game to ebb and flow much better, creating periods of slow build up play and lightning quick counter attacks like the football we see every weekend in the Premiership or La Liga/MLS/Serie A.

PES 2011 is out in the UK and EU on 8th October and is available for pre-order here.

In the US, PES 2011 is released on 19th October and is available for pre-order here.

Available for PS3, XBox 360, Wii and more (I think it's also going to be released for the PS2 and PSP)

So this year it seems like both EA Sports and Konami are pulling out all of the stops to create the best football game of this season.

If you want to see some of FIFA 11 or PES 2011 in action, check out two of my movies at my YouTube channel

Whether you're a fan of FIFA or prefer the PES, every football fan is in for some sure fire fun and abusing some mates with so called silky skills!

Check out my other previews and reviews here.