Before fanboys get aggravated over the fact that PES 2017 is being addressed as the football game that lost to the more arcade friendly FIFA 17, it is important to take many facts into account.
Electronic Arts driven FIFA 17 has very little in terms of gameplay and innovation. But, the publisher has always been in the forefront when it comes to acquiring the top licenses in the world and having an excellent presentation. Besides, the easy learning curve in the game made it so popular in most part of the world unless you really love difficulty and realism in your football game.
Pro Evolution Soccer aka PES 2017 still rules when it comes to sheer gameplay but the problem is Konami has given little attention to the title this year. While the 2015 and 2016 editions were better powered by the new Fox engine, the latest iteration of the game is largely dominated by old generation graphics, minor gameplay adjustments and missing licenses.
PES 2017 has acquired many new licenses this year but FIFA 17 is still ahead. For some reason, the developers didn’t give any attention to the gameplay either. It plays very similar to last year’s edition. Another nail in the coffin is that the PS4 and Xbox One version of these football games look much better when compared to PCs.
Does it mean the computers are underpowered than the consoles? Not at all! The developers simply used mesh and polygons from the older games to use it in the PC version. Soundtrack remains boring in PES series while FIFA 17 has been improved in various scenarios.
The ball control is stiff and players can actually decide the direction in which the ball should move. There is very little chance of losing it to an opponent unless you are hitting it in the wrong direction. Goalie response is much more refined and some simulation styled gameplay has been borrowed from the Konami’s game to the FIFA series which is a welcome addition.
It may not annoy casual gamers but rather give those who need a challenge to test their skills. Despite all the shortcomings, PES 2017 still has the realism that many crave for but Konami should stop using old files and call it a new game making people buy it every year. The fox engine looks outdated by now. FIFA 17 has won the race this year by improving a lot and EA should stick to this trend to deliver quality.