It’s the same question every year: which is better, PES or FIFA? For the past five years or so, the response was almost unanimously FIFA, with its greater depth and sophistication dwarf the relatively shallow game coming from Konami camp. This was not always the case, of course. PES ‘PlayStation 2 peak was so glorious that has long occupied a sentimental place in the hearts of those who were there to experience first hand the suspects penalties tracks cleverly designed, and the agony of defeat to a goal downtime.
Unfortunately, most of these players have migrated to FIFA, thanks to the quality of football has to be simply superior. Wonderful it is, then, that the issue of PES vs FIFA is again an increase in the value without a hint of satire and cynicism. PES 2015 is not only the best game in the series has delivered for many years, it promotes and favors a form of football that is welcomingly, very different from that of FIFA 15 – and variety in games is never a bad thing.
PES promotes technical and tactical approach to football. If FIFA 15 is the embodiment of the Premier League, action, speed and ferocity, then PES 15 is the Spanish La Liga, considered more subtle and delicate. Success is less about the midfield burst and delivering a killer shot at your attacker, and more on the use of ball movement to disrupt the shape of the opposition, and create space for teammates to to work. As such, it pays to have a basic understanding of how the different formations create unique pathways, and set up situations in which you are more numerous than the other team in certain areas of the field.