FIFA 12 vs. PES 2012: Which will you buy?

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The ultimate battle of games is upon us once more as FIFA 12 takes on PES 2012 to see which the world’s best football game is. This bout has been a close one over the years as each title has its own loyal fan base following, with only the odd gamer deflecting from one to the other. This year has seen many details revealed for both games in the build-up to their release and what we are trying to find out today is which one our readers will be buying.

If you go back ten years, when anyone was asked to think of a football game, only FIFA would have been thought of. It was the same for many years after until Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer came along. FIFA was made to look like an arcade game compared to this new simulation style version so many gamers and football fans then preferred PES to give them a better gaming experience.

PES continued to enjoy success for the next couple of years with the gameplay being arguably ahead of FIFA’s, though they were still lacking in on the graphics side of things and most obviously club licenses. The real turning point in my opinion came in 2009, when EA stepped their game up. The gameplay became more realistic, meaning they now had the licenses, graphics and gaming experience advantage over PES. It had leap frogged Konami’s game which now struggles to compete.

From then on I have always preferred FIFA over PES and have not been disappointed yet. FIFA 11 was a great improvement from the previous title in the series; it had more teams and had also stepped up the gameplay again. Players were now able to jostle more realistically and complete 360 degree angles were achievable when in control of a player. After playing the PES 2012 demo I was left disappointed and glad that I am now a FIFA man. Let’s just hope the FIFA 12 demo doesn’t disappoint, either way I know which game I will be getting.

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  • Si

    Just thought I’d let you know that the PES 2012 demo is a really early build that just shows a few gameplay improvements and additions.  The real PES 2012 demo will be out towards the end of September so I’d make your mind up then Chris.

    Personally I’m going to play both demos to death this year before making my decision. I really hope PES is a little more fluid this year and, if it is, I’ll definitely be going for that. Fifa may have all the licenses but there’s just something more fun and unpredictable about PES. I’ll be very interested in the Fifa 12 demo too though.  

    • Abdi_670

      Pes is plain rubbish, it is way behind fifa. The demo shows it because that needs a lot of work, besides the new FIFA improvements sound exciting

      • Si

        If you’re talking about online multiplayer Abdi then I agree that Fifa is in front of Pes.

        I mostly play single player though and Fifa hasn’t got anything to touch the Masters League! I think people get blinded by the glitz and licenses in Fifa and seem to miss the point that after a few weeks play, Fifa gets very repetitve and you score a lot of the same goals. Plus the career mode is full of bugs. Pes has some MAJOR flaws of its own but I can keep playing it for the whole year without getting bored.

        Having said all that, I think both games need to show a big improvement this year to be worth our money.   

        • Josh Serra

          I’ve always been a fifa man because of the licenses. Being able to plY as the real stars from the real teams makes the playing experience so much more authentic.

        • Pedant

          “If you go back ten years, when anyone was asked to think of a football game, only FIFA would have been thought of. It was the same for many years after until Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer came along.”
           
          Totally wrong. 1994 maybe, but since the late 90s ISS was the best football game and Pro has been about since the PS1?

    • Abdi_670

      Pes is plain rubbish, it is way behind fifa. The demo shows it because that needs a lot of work, besides the new FIFA improvements sound exciting

    • Abdi_670

      Pes is plain rubbish, it is way behind fifa. The demo shows it because that needs a lot of work, besides the new FIFA improvements sound exciting

  • fifa

    fifa without thinking

  • Murphyr

    Both games have flaws. I have preferred playing FIFA since the relase of 08 (having been a hardcore PES fan on the previous gen consoles) but this year i think that PES will finally win back my allegience. Whilst FIFA has implemented some real improvements over the past few years this is still very much surface glitter and the game really lacks gameplay depth. The AI is frankly appaulling at times. Despite all the licences games on FIFA all seem to follow one generic template and this just gets boring after a while. Furthermore, i am astounded at the way in which the gaming press always seems to ignore the horrendously obvious bugs and glitches that pepper FIFA games – Career Mode for FIFA 11 to name but one. One gets the impression that no-one ever subjects FIFA to any real critical scrutiny and merely parrots its marketing spiel. This is not to say that PES is without problems. The iterations since 2008 up to 2011 have been a disgrace. 2011 did see a marked improvement however although it does let itself down with clunky animations and some equally frustrating shortcomings in the defensive area of the gameplay. However the AI is vastly superior and more challenging than anything that FIFA has produced and after playing the PES 2012 demo i am greatly encouraged that this year we will finally have a true choice rather than one half decent game and one also ran. The fact that the PES demo is an old build leaves me very optimistic about how good this game may be upon full release. Obviously i haven’t played the FIFA demo yet so judgement has to be reserved. However, based on my experience of the sloppy way in which EA has implemented its features over the past few years and the reviews of preview code that i have read i remain unconvinced that FIFA this year will be the ‘revolution’ its marketers have declared it to be.
    We’ll see.

  • guest

     EA overall marketing , and FIFA brand name, will already mean , that most people will buy EAs pick up and play FIFA. And dont forget that theirs no option for BOTH. im buying both , as a footie fan i enjoy both worlds.

    PES final demo out next week , should help people make their minds up. But for the last 2 years FIFA has outsold PES by a large margin. Thats why PES does not release in the uk at the same time as FIFA.
    I expect most people will buy FIFA , if however they find PES more enjoyable.

    both games are looking great this year so win win for people buying both.

  • guest

     EA overall marketing , and FIFA brand name, will already mean , that most people will buy EAs pick up and play FIFA. And dont forget that theirs no option for BOTH. im buying both , as a footie fan i enjoy both worlds.

    PES final demo out next week , should help people make their minds up. But for the last 2 years FIFA has outsold PES by a large margin. Thats why PES does not release in the uk at the same time as FIFA.
    I expect most people will buy FIFA , if however they find PES more enjoyable.

    both games are looking great this year so win win for people buying both.

  • Jake_espy

    Im looking for something with like a fantasy leauege type of mode, something were i can pick my players and put them on a team and challenge other players in tournaments, kinda like online association. Which game has that? And if both which one plays better with it? This really will make my decision for the game. My first soccer game in like 7 years..avid watching fan though.

  • Jonas

    Anyone who played the new PES 2012 with its -100 IQ goalkeepers must feel that this year Konami’s game should be a huge disappointment. Which is regreatable since the competition between the two virtual football titles should keep the need for improvement each year. I always liked PES better, despite the lack of licences, that, for me, adds a little bit extra realism to the game. But with incredibly poor goalkeeping, odd dribbling moves, and a very slow paced match rhythm, i don’t see much contest. Unfortunately, Konami’s game really fell short this time…A shame! This year, i’ll definitely going to be a FIFA player.