As we’ve been documenting in our coverage of both games, Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 and FIFA 2016 are both proving to be excellent examples of football sims. While FIFA has made great strides by including female footballers (although 13 of them were nixed because of the NCAA), PES looks absolutely astonishing and we can barely tell virtual Neymar Jr. apart from the real man himself.
In fact, so positive have the reviews been for PES 2016 (it’s currently sitting at 87 out of 100 on Metacritic) that the series’ product manager Adam Bhatti is convinced that the Konami sports franchise will be beating its EA rival. Bhatti reveals their plans for this in a new interview which you can read after the break.
Pro Evolution Soccer vs. FIFA
In an interview with MCV about the new game, Bhatti said that:
“We’re definitely catching up with FIFA and we have to be respectful about that. We have to keep closing that gap. In a couple of years we’ll clearly lead again. But we have to convince a lot of people. There are things we can’t control like licences, but in terms of presentation, visuals, we want to be industry leading.”
Bhatti is correct that there is nothing that they can do about licenses as the license holders will side with whoever they feel like and it’s understandably difficult for Konami to compete with things like the recent FIFA 16 TV ad that included the likes of Messi and basketball’s Kobe Bryant. However, the series does boast the exclusive rights to the Euro 2016 tournament, which is a big deal.
As for the visuals, it’s hard to deny that PES 2016 is one of the best looking games out there (sports sim or not), while some of FIFA‘s visuals look somewhat awkward. It will be interesting to see how the Pro Evolution Soccer development team avoids the ‘uncanny valley’, though, as there is a point where graphics can look too good. But for now though, Konami is probably just happy with the response to their latest game.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.