FIFA 17 vs PES 2017
Posted 07/11/2016 by BrightHouse Social Team
When it comes to playing football at home on your sofa, there are really only two options: FIFA 17 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. These iconic series have long fought for the top spot in the world of football computer games, each offering their own take on this tricky genre.
We’re going to compare the latest releases of both games to see which one comes out on top.
FIFA 17 vs PES 2017 – Graphics
FIFA 17 has changed game engine since the last version, moving over to Frostbite - a much fancier engine used by other EA games like Battlefield and Mirror’s Edge. This has given FIFA a fresh new look, with more detail and effects. The number of player animations has been greatly increased to give them more natural movement, and some of the more famous leading players have been fully motion-captured.
PES moved over to the FOX engine last year, which also gave it a huge improvement in graphical quality, with very realistic looking players and a better looks for the stadiums and crowds.
Overall, though, FIFA’s Frostbite engine just gives it the edge in looks, with more atmosphere in the stadiums and nicer lighting overall, especially during night games under the floodlights. Both are still very good looking games though, and the players in PES look especially fantastic.
FIFA 17 vs PES 2017 – Gameplay
FIFA and PES have both upgraded elements of their gameplay this year. FIFA has focussed on improving the AI of the players, as well as how players interact. The physical size and strength of the players is now more important, with players able push each other around to get possession of the ball.
Set pieces have also been updated, with more control over where you aim with free kicks and penalty shots, as well as tweaks for run up and power. FIFA 17 generally provides more accuracy with passing and shooting too, but this can make the action feel slower and more fiddly sometimes.
PES 2017 tends to favour a faster style of play with simpler controls that deliver exciting games. Players are a bit easier to control than in FIFA, and there’s plenty of great interaction between players to produce thrilling moments. On the whole this makes PES the better game for pure gameplay, giving you a more satisfying experience during a match.
FIFA 17 vs PES 2017 – Modes
FIFA 17 brings a brand new story mode to the series called The Journey. This mode sees you follow the career of Alex Hunter from a young hopeful to an international star player. This mode is well put together and adds a nice dimension to game, with real life players and managers making an appearance. You still have Manager and Player Career modes too, and the popular Ultimate Team mode.
PES has had many of its modes revamped too, though there’s nothing on quite the same scale as FIFA 17’s new offering. Master League mode has had a few tweaks to its transfer mechanics, as has MyClub, but there’s nothing really revolutionary.
FIFA 17’s new story mode might just swing it for some players, but many still prefer the dream team creation game modes overall.
FIFA 17 vs PES 2017 really is a game of two halves. On the one hand FIFA offers a very atmospheric and authentic experience, with famous players, managers, and stadiums all beautifully realised in a great graphics engine, while on the other, PES offers the most satisfying and rewarding experience on the pitch in terms of sheer gameplay.
As is often the case, it really comes down to personal preference. Both games really are excellent, but the details are what will swing it for you.
FIFA 17 and Pro Evolution Soccer are both out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You’ll also find FIFA 17 as part of our PlayStation and Xbox gaming bundles.