PES 2020: Improved in some ways, yet lacking in many more

New Delhi: When it comes to football games, FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) are the only ones that matter. But in the war for the mantle of the best football game, PES has been the loser.

The primary difference between FIFA and PES remains in the fact that the former takes an arcade-like approach to gameplay, while the latter is a simulation of real football
The primary difference between FIFA and PES remains in the fact that the former takes an arcade-like approach to gameplay, while the latter is a simulation of real football

That’s primarily because Konami, the game’s publisher, hasn’t been able to acquire the rights that Electronic Arts (EA), FIFA’s publisher, has. EA’s tie-ups with official football clubs, brands and more allow the use of real team names, real player names, jerseys, etc. For a football enthusiast, the game is more appealing simply because it can represent the real life football ecosystem accurately. With PES 2020, Konami is trying to control the aspects of the game it can. And that’s the right move, 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. The most obvious break in gameplay comes when you see the game’s artificial intelligence (AI) handle players. For instance, defenders fail to run towards the ball automatically and the referee’s decisions often makes no sense.

The primary difference between FIFA and PES remains in the fact that the former takes an arcade-like approach to gameplay, while the latter is a simulation of real football. FIFA’s arcade-like style is easier to get addicted to than PES, which is probably why FIFA outsells PES. Unless you’re a fan of realistic football, PES won’t impress you.

There are other pitfalls too, in how contracts work in the manager mode, inaccurate commentary, in-game user interfaces. While PES 2020 is definitely a game worth playing, if you’re choosing between the two, FIFA will be more enjoyable.

PES 2020

PROS

■ Great graphics and fluid animations

■ Gameplay is really smooth and fun

■ Focuses on realistic gameplay over arcade styles

CONS

■ In-game menus are hard to navigate

■ Commentary is repetitive and sometimes incorrect

■ In-game AI is unintuitive

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FIFA 20: Gameplay gets a major true-to-life upgrade

A Sports is back with the yearly update to its football simulation FIFA game. While it retains the familiar look and feel of its predecessor, there are several under the hood upgrades aimed at making the gameplay more realistic. A few elements that you notice right away is that fast paced attackers actually feel faster and won’t be outran by slow defenders anymore. Also, the way the ball moves and interacts with the ground feels more realistic. While defending, players will have to put in more effort and merely pressing the tackle button won’t work. Taking set pieces is going to be breezy as now gamers can choose the exact spot on the goal post where they want to shoot. Also, new skill modes like dribbling backwards to get away from approaching defenders feels snappy.

If you are a stickler for realism in football games, it is worth splurging on despite the fact that its starts at  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3999
If you are a stickler for realism in football games, it is worth splurging on despite the fact that its starts at 3999

The story mode that was regular fixture in the last three FIFA games has been left out in FIFA 20 and has been replaced with a street football mode called Volta. It is a refreshing addition to fall back on and break the monotony of the career and ultimate team modes. Volta has got a career mode of its own, which lets gamers build a team and participate in tournaments. Career mode gets some new elements like the option to customize your manager. However, by and large it feels repetitive and similar to last year’s edition in terms of how transfers, player training and matches work. FIFA 20 is not a huge upgrade, but it does feel different. If you are a stickler for realism in football games, it is worth splurging on despite the fact that its starts at 3,999. If not, you can wait for a few months for a price drop on it.

FIFA 20

PROS

■ More realistic gameplay than before

■ Volta mode feels refreshing and fun

■ Has licensed leagues and teams

CONS

■ Far more challenging to play

■ Career mode lacks depth

■ Don’t expect major visual upgrade

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