True to the sport its simulating, the rivalry between Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer is as fierce and compelling as the most titanic of footballing bouts to grace the world's greatest contest. Fifa has edged ahead in recent years, but Konami appear focused on pushing EA to the very last minute with their 2012 iteration, which promises a wealth of new features and improvements to sway old and new fans back. However, EA have told Gaming Bolt their "not concerned".
"I don’t think they’ve concerned us," grunts Fifa's gameplay director, Aaron McHardy, in regards to the strides forward Konami has made with the latest Pro Evo Soccer, which - among other features - allows players to control two players directly, the dribbler and an accompanying runner. "I think we have forms of those things but not to the same extent or the same way that Konami have done them. But we really wanted you to be expressive and be creative on the pitch and do what you like to do with the ball. And we wanted to build features that would allow that expression, and that level of control. That’s kind of where we’re taking it."
Which isn't to say Fifa has rested on its laurels this year, either. The much-hyped Impact Engine promises to redefine how the virtual sportsman react to every crunching tackle, and the Precision Dribbling will give players more control over the ball than ever before. And McHardy is keen to stress both Fifa and PES offer their own unique appeals.
"I know that [Konami are] taking it in a different direction, and being more specific about things like player runs and all that," he explains. "But I think what we’re doing is better for our game, so we’re not concerned about the features they’re doing, but I’m sure they’ll fit perfectly with their game."
Let's hear your side on this, Dealspwners! What title will you be plumping for this Winter? EA's Fifa? Or Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer? [Gaming Bolt]