To sum up my thoughts on the football game offerings this year: If there was ever a year to buy both, this is it.
FIFA 17 (played the beta) is the more well rounded game while PES 2017 is the insatiable alternative. From what I've experienced thus far I'm just glad I can afford both.
What a fucking year this could be for the two premiere football games in terms of gameplay enhancements, be it technically and aesthetically. They're just clearly well balanced and instantaneously enjoyable upgrades.
Been following PES more than I usually do this year since the FC Barcelona trailer. And boy is that trailer an absolute peach. PES demo's are enjoyable basically every year, but because I'll end up playing it alone most of the time, I tend to pass on buying it. This year feels different though. There's an immersive feel to the game in how it's all balanced out. You have to work for everything but everything is possible and everything looks like football in its most attractive and unpredictable form. It's not lop-sided one way or another.
Every player's attributes and build has advantages and disadvantages. Every team can be unique. They're all important and they can all succeed or be beaten. You can tell when you're on the ball with a magician like Özil, a dribbler like Sanchez or a runner like Bellerin. The team movement is on point.
This time I'm convinced Konami have finally found the right mix. Years and years of mixing it up and trying out different things looks like it's finally hit it's peak level.
It's methodical but still open. It's free flowing but still compact and challenging. You can organise your defensive approach confidently, but all it takes is one quick exchange or fumble and you could pay. All it takes is one good move for you to do the same. Nothing feels mechanical and scripted. Shooting and dribbling is as satisfying as it's ever been. The goalkeepers are improved. Through balls are well balanced as is crossing. They did well with the graphics, player models, stadiums and licenses this demo too.
With PES you know something magical can come together if you find that sweet combo; and you know it's going to look and feel awesome. Shooting and finishing is so diverse too, making any kind of goal feel possible. That's always been a franchise strength.
It's the mix that made PES so glorious in its golden era, but on the next gen scale that we've waited years for. And it's at a much more realistic pace than it has been in recent years.
It's a joy to behold at times. Quick one touch back heel passes, looping headers on the near post, letting go of the dash button and maneuvering your dribble with the left stick. It's really fun. I held it up with Giroud earlier against the Barcelona defenders, shielding, shifting the ball and it looked jaw droppingly impressive tbh.
People will still not even consider PES, but that's mainly down to circumstances such as budgets, broad licensing and marketing. It's kind of sad but I'm not sleeping on gameplay and enjoyment this good.