Next week marks the first heavyweight battle between the top two soccer games in the world, FIFA 12 and PES 2012 where we will identify the winner for this season based on the demos.
For the past two years it has always been FIFA that triumph over Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer who thoughtfully not on their best form.
FIFA 12 starts with a new defending mechanics that will need a bit of getting used to but when you exploit it, it makes each tackle feel more just as important where ever you are on the pitch. There are more emphasis been put on positioning and jockeying, making sure the opposition don’t get a cross in or counter attack.
On the attacking side, the shooting on the new FIFA is better and with it on semi assisted, or even Manual mode the shooting will feel more dynamic and you have more control on where the ball is going although it is more difficult.
The physics are good, especially the players when controlling the ball, or even when the pass is awful and they are struggling to control the ball, which, of course adds the realism.
Dribbling has been improved and if you know how and when to do the skill moves, again, it adds to the game and makes the chances you create and score more fulfilling and entertaining.
PES is improving every year, but according to some PES 2012 is still very robotic and little like last generation engine when looking at the player mechanics.
Every pass, dribble, shot and control looks labored and hard work and shows little technique what you see in real match. They still run like they’ve just sat on a spike and when they collide it just looks stupid.
Some of the goals you can score on PES against physics. For example, when you play the ball over the top and the ball is moving away from the player, near the corner of the box and without the ball even bouncing and at an awkward height, hit it across goal with no change in body position into the far corner with the player’s weak foot.
FIFA 12 is like Battlefield 3, where it goes for more realism and a more dynamic style of play. PES 2012 is a bit like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) where it doesn’t take itself too serious albeit the fast paced, fluid and actually fun to play game.