Very close on one side, and by far on another
El_Esbirro wrote this review on .
This year, the clear winner by far is FIFA 09, but please reviewers, don't say this is the best football game ever. I still believe in my heart that International SuperStar Soccer 2000, is still indeed the BEST football game ever created. Fifa 09 is close...not close enough, but close.
I have still not tasted the prime beef of Fifa 09, which is the "Be a Pro seasons", "Be a Pro Online", or any type of match online. I have kept that as dessert. I keep indulging myself with "Manager Mode"...a familiar bite of the Fifa menu, but somehow it feels so different??!!
Why you ask...oh simply because if you go ahead and create a player, put him on a free agent list, go to manager mode and add him to your team (in this case i went with Grossetto Fc from Serie B, I just love Italian football), it's like doing "Be a Pro", only that you have control of everything of course.
Ha, i have never had this much fun. Every year a new fifa or pes come out, i only pay attention to what new teams they have added, the lineups, the new boot collection, the graphics and that's it. But this year, FIFA finally decided to work a little bit more, and made the game a whole lot more interesting, compelling and FUN to play.
The gameplay it's the main dish...it's totally better. And the players movements and reactions seem more lifelike (tackles simply rock). If you were like me, who bought EA EURO 08, then you would understand when i say, "EA EURO 08 was the actual DEMO for FIFA 09". Euro 08 had the same gameplay, and same everything...i guess when they saw how good it played, they just simply picked up the ante, and just pushed it as far as they could go.
So...well sorry for PES...i still play it, and am also a fan of that series (I JUST LOVE FOOTBALL), but somehow they just lost that spark. But i guess the competition between the two, works best for us.
I am neither a fifa or pes fanboy, but if you need to go with the best solid fun experience, then go with FIFA 09, this year they scored a rampaging 4-1 score against PES.
Kudos EA Canada, this year you come out on top.