Online disability?4) Blurring the boundaries between its videogame and the real world of football
FIFA has shown real innovation over the past few years, trying to blur the boundaries between its videogame and the real world of football. Now, not only do we have football scores scrolling across the screen and current football news, we also have Adidas Live Season, a feature that dynamically update player form in-game to mirror real world performance. It actively encourages you to experiment more with your team, by choosing players that you may not normally have put in the team, in your starting eleven.
What does PES 2009 do to compete with that? Nada, nothing, nowt.
5) Online stability
The main reason I buy a football game every year is so I can play it competitively online. Having been a Pro Evo fan for a good number of years, I ditched it last year because playing online was far too frustrating and moved to FIFA where I could jump into a game within a matter of seconds, any time of day or night, and experience a smooth game of football time and time again.
Once again FIFA offers this and even with 10 v 10 online the frame-rates rarely drop. With PES 2009 on the other hand the signs are bad, though I would like to iterate that my online experience has so far been only over the course of a few days. So far, I’ve been angered at some horrifically laggy, practically unplayable games. For the sake of PES fans every where, I really hope it gets better. Let me know, I won't be hanging around to find out.
So there we have it, the cold-hard facts, like it or lump it, FIFA 09 rubs dog dirt in the face of PES 2009 this year and leaves it sitting in the corner with a virtual dunces hat on top of its head. Still, I’m sure you’ll make up your own minds.
Don't forget to let us know what you think in the HEXUS.community forum, but please don't hate me for loving FIFA this year, PES fanboys.