Watch the FIFA 17 : The Journey Official Trailer
FIFA 17 has seen a complete overhaul from its predecessor, with a brand-new engine, new gameplay tweaks and all-new story mode. PES 2017, on the other hand, brings a more refined approach with the incredible strides made last year, 2017 looks to continue that great work with tweaks to passing, goalkeepers and a whole host of new animations.
For the first time in years, it feels like the FIFA-PES battle is a genuine derby clash, rather than a cup competition with teams from different leagues. We’ve gone hands-on with early builds of both games, and have put together our first impressions.
Some leading players have also been performance-captured to bring even better expression to the game, as well as tripling the number of animations.
We also get a brand-new look at areas of the grounds, including changing rooms and tunnels for pre- and post-match interviews.
PES transitioned to a new engine in 2016, using the FOX Engine, and it proved a huge improvement, with players looking incredibly realistic. Konami has developed this further in 2017, with better lighting effects, animations and a revamp of stadia.
After hands-on time with both, while FIFA certainly has the potential to be a stunner based on some of the footage we were shown, in practice it doesn’t yet look noticeably different from last year’s. Hopefully the team can fulfill the potential of Frostbite ahead of launch and breath new life into the look of the game.
Fifa 17 vs PES 17- Release Date
Konami has confirmed that PES 2017 is launching on September 15 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
FIFA 17 will follow shortly after on September 27 in North America and September 29 in all other regions.
Fifa 17 vs PES 17- Licenses
FIFA 16 lost a couple of league licenses, most notably the Brazilian league. However, EA has always remained king of licenses, naturally, being the official FIFA game, although we don’t know exactly which ones it’s retained for 2017.
We still don’t know exactly which teams will be official in PES 2017, except for Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, as these were the two playable at preview.
We fully expect FIFA to continue to be the dominant force in this department.
Fifa 17 vs PES 17- Online
Online proved an enormous flaw in PES 2016. The game of football we got to enjoy locally was massively spoiled when we tried playing people around the world, thanks to crippling lag, meaning a significant portion of the game was lost.
However, Konami has noted some of the changes coming to myClub in 2017. Scouts are now available through the Auction House, making it easier to get the player you’re looking for with the right scout. There’s also a brand-new player analysis tool so you can study exactly where your team’s strengths and weaknesses lie. Let’s just hope the servers have received a similar level of TLC to make the mode playable this season.
FIFA, meanwhile, looks to continue its dominance with the behemoth that is Ultimate Team. The mode that has arguably grown bigger than FIFA itself will no doubt be back in full force this year, with the return of Legends on Xbox platforms and the incredibly addictive card collecting to build your perfect squad.
Fifa 17 vs PES 17- Modes
One of the huge new introductions in FIFA 17 this year is its new story mode – The Journey. Players will follow the career of Alex Hunter – a young hopeful looking to make his way from the academy to England international footballer.
Hunter will only be able to play in a limited number of positions in the mode, all of them attacking, but you’ll be able to take part in training drills to improve his skills and attributes to become one of the best players on the team. The better you play, the better the team you’ll play for. Conversely, poor performances could see you sent out on loan and dropping down the leagues.
One cutscene we were shown portrayed Hunter being sent out on loan from Leicester, and he wasn’t happy. It’s up to you to keep Alex’s career on the upward trajectory and not end up as potential unfulfilled.
EA has consulted with professional players, including Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, as well as sports biographers to help craft what it reckons is a believable story. It has also consulted with Bioware to assist with the player-driven moments, such as dialogue choices which will help shape the path Hunter takes in his career.
EA has stated that every performance and dialogue choice will have an impact on the story. If Hunter gets sent off during a game, expect to be having a meeting with the manager the next day in which you’ll have to explain why you lost your cool.
However, this doesn’t replace Manager or Player Career modes; they’ll still both be in the game. There will also, of course, be Ultimate Team – EA’s huge mode that makes a ridiculous amount of money for the company every year, along with all the modes we’ve seen in years previous.
For PES 2017, the first hands-on only gave us the regular kick-off mode to play around with, but we’ve recently been given fresh incite into the changes coming to its modes. First up, Master League, which will feature dedicated transfer and wage budgets, more flexible loans and Deadline Day. 22 new player roles have also been added, meaning you can personalise your lineups even further and refine exactly how you want your team to play.
PES 2016 suffered at launch because the team rosters were not up-to-date, and Konami didn’t rectify this until months after launch. The developer is changing that with regular, weekly updates which can be downloaded and applied to offline modes. Referees have also been improved from their too-lenient ways last year.
Konami will likely keep hold of the Champions and Europa League licences, so expect to have these cup competitions as separate playable modes once again.
Fifa 17 vs PES 17- Gameplay
The big one, the ultimate decider as to which kit you’ll be wearing this year.
Both EA and Konami have made significant changes to gameplay this year. EA has focused on four key areas this year: set pieces, AI, physical interplay and attacking techniques.
For example, you can now manipulate exactly how the kicker approaches the ball. Everything from where he stands to take the kick to the run-up and even the camera angle for free kicks has been adjusted.
The camera will now stay behind the kicker on direct free-kicks so you can see the exact trajectory of the ball, making those set-piece goals that much sweeter.
For corners, a new reticle will pop up on the penalty spot with which you can aim your delivery more accurately. However, in practice both these additions proved a bit cumbersome and made me miss the older, simpler implementations.
You can now move up and down the touchline for throw-ins, too, and even fake throws to send defenders the wrong way.
The physical play overhaul is considered a bigger undertaking than FIFA’s goalkeeper fixes over the past two years, so is a pretty big deal. All jostling is now handled on one button, and you can now protect the ball while dribbling, which makes a huge difference. You can also try and outmuscle opponents in aerial challenges without having to jump for a header.
This means big strong attackers like Martial can attempt to bring the ball under control, rather than be forced to head the ball to a teammate and hope you keep possession. In practice it makes a huge difference, too.
The improved AI movement helps with this too, as players don’t make as many direct runs toward goal and instead move into space out wide and even look to create space for other players on the pitch by dragging defenders out of position.
For PES, it’s a case of fixing what was broken and polishing what worked in 2016. Goalkeepers have been given a makeover, as they were heavily criticised last year. They now react much better and are capable of making superb double saves, adding to the drama or indeed frustration of a match.
The first touch has also been improved, with players able to react and take the ball away from defenders in much better ways. In-step, out-step, stepovers, chest controls and plenty more ways to bring the ball under control are here and it all looks sublime.
New tactical instructions are available for you to give your team. You can set two attacking and two defending philosophies, including Tiki-taka and Gegenpress – Jurgen Klopp’s favourite – to adapt strategy mid-match to try and beat the opposition.
A big addition is ‘Adaptive AI’, where your opponent will learn and adapt to your tactics, meaning you won’t be able to simply use the same strategy over and over again in pursuit of a win.
Fifa 17 vs PES 17- The Verdict
It’s still very early days for both PES 2017 and FIFA 17, but based on the first hands-ons, PES has come away with a narrow lead. Its refinement on what was already great last year means we could be in for a truly excellent game of football. Its simplicity while making you still feel completely in control and capable of achieving great moments with the ball is special.
FIFA has introduced some great new systems, but at the consequence of added complexity. It’s an issue that has plagued the EA series for a while, and if it takes the approach adopted for physical play – all mapped to one button – then the game could be better for it.