FIFA’s like ping-pong says PES producer

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For a long while, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer was the better game for football fundis than EA’s more polished, but less realistic FIFA. For the last few years, that position as a purists’ simulator has faltered – but PES wants it back… and isn’t above taking pot shots at the competition.

Speaking to Nowgamer, PES European brand manager Adam Bhatti said that Pro Evolution Soccer is more realistic, with better goalkeepers and far more refined shooting mechanics.

Assistant producer Klaus Garner took it a step further – perhaps a step too far.

“We have a game that lets you play real football; you can play counter-attacking, possession, long-ball,” he said.

“Which you can’t do in the other title, where it’s more like ping-pong.”

Shots fired. Bhatti then clarified, saying that:

“FIFA is all about scoring goals, they want to get you to that moment. That’s not a bad thing, a lot of people just want to be able to score goals and have their lobbed-through ball work every time.”

“In real-life Schweinsteiger with the ball in midfield wants to hit a ball to Klose, and in that case the other team’s midfield will block out the passing lanes and the defence will push out.

“That makes it really hard to make that pass to him, very rarely will a lobbed through ball work – but that’s exactly what you can do in FIFA.”

PES is a “connoisseur’s football game,” but it’s exactly that sort of marketing drive that’s shot Konami in the foot – with Bhatti admitting selling it as such was a mistake.

“We still are that,” he added, “I think we’ve proved that with our understanding of the sport in this presentation. At the same time as being the connoisseur’s game we don’t want to end up excluding people.

The problem with making a football game too realistic, he says, is that the “method is difficult and frustrating, so our challenge is to make the idea of playing real football a fun experience.”

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FIFA’s out next month, with PES requiring a bit more polish for a November release. I think the delay is going to hurt them quite a bit. FIFA has made great strides in its actual simulation, and I think many pundits will get it instead of waiting for PES – and then not feel any real need to double dip in the football game pool.

Last Updated: August 29, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Both are silly soccer games 😛

    • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

      Sssshhhhh. Gavin will maul you. It’s Football.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin


      • Lulz. And yes.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Maul? Sure he won’t just dive & claim a penalty? *runnnnnn*

        • Lord Chaos


        • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora


      • L337J1MB0B

        The word football comes from the meaning of running with a ball on foot. It has nothing to do with kicking a ball with your feet. This is why NFL and Rugby can be called football.

      • Brady miaau

        No, no, maul is in the other game

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora



    My type of attacking. Nothing wrong with strong competitive advertising etc.
    Like ping pong. Hahahahaha. Killed me

  • Viking Of Science
  • Ryanza

    I’ve always been a fan of Pro Evolution Soccer. The only thing EA’s Fifa has going for it, is the licenses.

    Now I’m not a soccer gaming fan but if I do decide to buy a soccer game it will always be PES. And then spend hours editing all the names.

  • Hammersteyn

    The difference is easy to spot. PES is soccer and FIFA is football. But neither will let Liverpool win a cup.

    • Ouch! Gavin is going to ban you! Prick tehehe

  • All I saw was boring…

    • Guest

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    • WarframedSquirrel

      Wanted to get clever with a reply… didn’t work… *tries another way*

      Edit: *gives up*

  • Aussious

    Truth I can’t stand fucking FIFA, PES is for the truly dedicated, with an amazing community that spend hours of their time selflessly creating option files because both FIFA and EA are such corporate blow holes.

  • Jonah Cash

    Hahahahaha!! Ping pong??? Really??? Then pray tell me why is my draws more than my defeats and just less than my wins? It is not all about scoring a goal anymore, maybe you guys should buy Fifa 14 and play it a bit… It is years ahead of PES now, and won’t be looking back anytime soon!!

  • “EA’s more polished FIFA”…… are you guys on drugs or are you payed by ea?… ea have never had any polished games since two decades and it topped its self with bf4 bug ridden fiasco… also fifa ultimate team is a scam… jesus chirst have some honesty when you do game news articles. we gamers arent stupid.

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