Over the past years, the battle between the two giants has been uphill and there has always been a winner arising out of the two. With visuals evolved to the verge of photorealism, both simulators have taken the depiction of physical accuracy in players, teams and stadiums to a whole new level. In recent years, both have had their individual highs and lows and neither of them seem to be quitting this time. Although FIFA’s last pre-Frostbite seasons were rough and PES has long been walking a knife’s edge between eccentric brilliance and outright embarrassment.
We could only sit back and imagine how realistic the players will look when the next generation of gaming consoles are released. Undoubtedly, the graphics on both FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer have improved exponentially over the past couple of decades. Right from bringing the thrilling game into a fun-filled ‘under the roof’ experience, we’ve come an awfully long way over the past 20 years.
On a quick note, in terms of gameplay it is not clear which game is really better since FIFA has had a solid fan base over the years. But in terms of graphics, there are not many people who say FIFA is better and some of them have taken the issue to social media stating how EA has failed to improve. In addition to Franck Ribery’s tweet, many player faces in FIFA 20 look weird and there are only few that are better than those in PES. But taking a closer look at the graphics in general, Pro Evolution Soccer’s environment looks better than FIFA 20.
eFootball PES 2020
As a football enthusiast, the game in PES is more appealing simply because it can represent the real life football ecosystem accurately. With PES 2020, Konami is constantly trying to control the aspects of the game instead of facing the uphill battle for legal rights with a giant like EA. PES 2020’s graphics are improved and the gameplay feels smoother. As far as realism is concerned, PES gets things right with its animations and accurate representation of the fluidity of football.
PES 2020 doesn’t have much in the way of new additions, instead they have focused on what they have rather than innovating with new modes. It implies that Master League and Matchday are back with improvements, and Matchday is revamped with new story elements and player consequences to make it far more engrossing. Despite this, it’s actually a shame that experimental ideas aren’t being explored as the franchise don’t look to innovate the existing features.
Fortunately, Konami has snapped up major teams such as Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus for PES 2020 and these come with players, kits and stadiums all portrayed with visual perfection. Again a feature that PES is known for, and they have made sure it got bigger and better this time with a much more realistic gameplay environment.
Visuals and Graphics
In terms of graphics, you’ll never want to waste another second looking at FIFA‘s half-baked player models again. From tattoos to wild hairstyles to trademark running styles, it’s all authentic in PES 2020. One can see that time was spent on ensuring that the players looked and acted like their real-life counterparts and not like the ones in FIFA. Maybe PES 2020 won’t defeat FIFA in sales, but it’ll certainly gain a few more fans with its impressive gameplay and graphics. And there’s no way that any serious football-loving gamer can ignore that fact, not this year.
It is quite obvious that EA only makes small changes every year to a trusted formula – a method followed by plenty of franchises in the past decade. Maybe it’s the physical distance from the action or the usual gameplay which hasn’t changed over a long time. But, fans have taken on the franchise with comments as to how EA should just call the overall game ‘FIFA’ and update it every year.
Undeniably outside of Volta, there’s still plenty to explore in FIFA 20 from Career Mode, UEFA Champions League and of course, Ultimate Team. UT mode continues to draw in loads of revenue, despite a controversial loot box-esque design which encourages people to invest their money and it’s totally addictive. It still remains a gorgeous and fun-to-play football game with the addition of Volta, it has some much-needed variety and the instant matches filled with skills and elaborate game celebrations are fun.
Keeping flaws aside, VOLTA is an entertaining addition that gives EA Sports the advantage, justly compensating the absence of The Journey. Having given up the exclusive rights of Juventus to PES 2020, which has compelled FIFA 20 to stick with generic names and likenesses. It’s a small bruise on an otherwise outstanding package, since it’s just a matter of preferences and it won’t much of a difference.
VOLTA: Lightning in a Bottle
The main setback in VOLTA is that it tries way too hard to be cool, but when you get into the dying minutes of a match on a Tokyo rooftop, you realize it is true lightning in a bottle. With a unique way to play in Volta, a light-hearted set of modes for couch co-op and showcase of some instant skills, the game just attracts you especially if you’re a franchise fan. In fact, this might be the best FIFA game over the past few years, and this only been possible by responding to fan feedbacks with out-of-the-world design decisions.
And the Winner is…
Although Konami has been successful in crippling FIFA 20 by claiming specific licenses, obviously that won’t be enough to tempt the loyal fan base of FIFA. Each entry has their own distinct licenses when it comes to specific teams and locations, with FIFA 20 having the advantage in this area by a significant margin. EA definitely has the edge in terms of modes and licenses, while Konami’s graphics engine allows for a smoother experience on the pitch. Thus, when it boils down to better graphics, PES would possibly be the winner after years of struggle and a successful rebellion. Overall, it is a draw since it would be unfair to pick one, considering that both franchises have done justice this year and have obliged to carry the burden of creating a much more rejuvenating experience next year.