At this stage, I've played a lot of matches with PES 2016 on XBOX One and PS4 and I've already made myself clear concerning how I feel about it. I've played FIFA for years, however after my interaction with PES 2016 at Gamescom and FIFA's appalling scandals, I was ready to take my money elsewhere. The PES 2016 demo has showed me that this move is a rewarding one.
PES 2016 is a fast, responsive and deeply rewarding football sim. The level of control is difficult to wrap my head around, even though I'm constantly enjoying myself. FIFA 16 may have finally brought in Women's Football - well played, EA - but it'll need some pretty big changes to its chore gameplay if it's to best PES 2016 on its release date in September.
Here's What FIFA 16 Needs After Playing the PES 2016 Demo!
For starters, I love how PES 2016 looks. The close ups on players reactions in replays is amazing and how they watch the ball and those around them is exciting to watch. You can totally see the similarities between this and the style of Kojima's [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985). But PES 2016 doesn't simply have good looks. There are two aspects of this game that I really admire - crossing and attacking. In terms of the latter, slide tackles are far more responsive, allowing you to angle the direction the slide should curve in. Additionally, the stance which allows you to shift your weight to counter your opponent is excellent. But crossing and through balls - they just feel so damn good!
This could be entirely down to the way in which I play FIFA and PES, but nailing a cross in this demo feels responsive and satisfying. It enables me to have complete control over the direction, the distance and the spin on the ball that I need. Plus the AI always knows where I'm aiming for. If FIFA 16 has the same feeling of satisfaction, the game will already be headed down the right road!
But while PES 2016 feels great across the board, there are few areas that I could see FIFA 16 dominating. The demo for the latter is unfortunately not arriving on our consoles for quite some time - mere weeks before FIFA 16's official release date. Therefore, comparisons of the two won't be easy up until that point. But from what I've played at Gamescom, there's still hope for EA's sim.
One aspect of PES 2016 that irritates me is when you yourself are tackled. There are so many instances where your player will become knocked back and be put out of action for a second or so. This makes all the difference in football sims, and sometimes the animation seems unjustified. If FIFA 16 allows us to hop straight out of being tackled and back into the game a bit more often, I'll enjoy that improvement.
PES 2016 has a fantastic collision system, but I've seen some pretty strange moments nonetheless. FIFA 15's collisions infuriated me. Watching world class players fall over one another like toddlers was embarrassing. But if FIFA 16 can ensure that its collision system is something we can agree with most of the time, they'll have a decent foot up on PES.
Lastly, both PES and FIFA advertised improvements to goalkeepers this year. This is certainly the case with PES 2016, but there are still some strange moments. The keeper won't reach for certain shots, I've had two own goal deflections, stuff like that. But PES actually demonstrates great strength in this area, if FIFA 16 can match it with less hiccups, you can rely on your last line of defence on this game's release date.
But where do your layoalties lie? Which game will you be picking up in September - FIFA 16 or PES 2016? Have you had a chance to try out PES' demo? If so, let us know what you think of it in the comments!