6 Reasons Why This Year’s Pro Evo Is Better Than FIFA

A bold statement, I know. But, since I’ve put down FIFA 15 and picked up Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, I’ve come to realise that I’ve been backing the wrong horse this season. Last year, Pro Evolution Soccer was pretty awful. This year, however, Konami have really upped their game. I guess I should provably justify the title of this article with a list of reasons for believing it.

Goalkeeping is more realistic…

One of the best things about Pro Evo 2015 is the goalkeepers. When you compare them to FIFA 15’s, they’re pretty damned impressive. Sure, they might make the occasional howler, but in general, they’re pretty reliable. On FIFA 15, every goalkeeper, even the greats, will pull a Rob Green. Balls rolling through their legs, keepers kicking, punching or heading the ball into their own goal and, worst of all, randomly rushing off of their line. On Pro Evo, though, this doesn’t really seem to happen. Goalkeepers are the rock at the back that you need them to be. Not only that, but they also pull off some pretty epic saves – and with a bunch of style too.

The gameplay overall is far more tactical, and it feels more ‘real’

Don’t get me wrong, FIFA 15 plays very well. It isn’t a bad game, but it doesn’t really ‘feel’ real. The passes are too neat, the runs are too scripted and predictable, the game is too fast and the tackles just feel a bit robotic. There’s just no realism to it. Pro Evo, on the other hand, feels far more authentic. The game seems to be more tactical, it’s about passing and making space, intelligent runs which actually beat the defenders, and perfectly weighted balls which don’t just roll out of play if the player isn’t Linford Christie. It’s a bit less tidy, and a bit more gritty. On FIFA, most teams can play like Barcelona if you can press the pass button quickly enough, but that’s not the case with Pro Evo. You have to earn your victories, and I appreciate a game that makes me work for it.

The players look amazing…

EA have done a good job this year of getting more faces, especially for Premier League players. Konami haven’t done quite so well but, with the faces that they do have, they’ve blown EA out of the water. Players like Christiano Ronaldo, for example, look so realistic that you’d be forgiven for assuming you were watching the real guy in action.

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Manager mode is slightly less realistic, in a completely non-annoying way…

My favourite game mode of any sports game is always the manager mode because I love taking control of a team and bringing them from rags to riches. Pro Evolution’s Master League mode is absolutely fantastic this year. They’ve brought in one or two subtle changes over the years, but they’ve kept that winning formula that Master League fans have grown to love. Unlike FIFA 15, however, Master League is rather simple. You don’t have to worry about players complaining about not getting played, you don’t have to worry about scouting every single player you want to sign to find out their rough, overall stats and you don’t have to worry about players getting injured every five minutes. Sure, it’s less realistic that way, but it means that you can just sit back and enjoy the football without all of that other managerial stress.

Fouls are more believable… and satisfying…

Tackling has always been an issue on FIFA games, but it seems to be even more stupid this year. Tackles are totally robotic and, half the time, the ref will give a foul for a great challenge and nothing for a horror tackle. Pro Evolution is far more clear cut. If you get the ball, you get to play on. If you take the player, you’ll be getting pulled up. It’s black and white, and I like that. Plus, when you do catch the player, the tackles are so realistic and crushing that you really don’t mind – at least you got the bastard!

Team and player creation…

My final reason for loving this year’s Pro Evo over FIFA is the fact that you can create your own teams and players. Choosing a crappy team from a random division and editing the crap out of them is incredibly satisfying. Sure, you can create players on FIFA 15, but the customisation options are awful. On Pro Evo you can customise everything from your manager’s face to the length of your player’s legs!

Sure, they might not have all of the licenses, and they only have a few leagues available to play. But, overall, this year’s Pro Evo is an example of how a football game can be done well, and it’s set a brilliant president for next year’s Pro Evo too.