Konami has rolled out a free Facebook app that provides in-game bonuses for PES 2012. MyPES allows players to create customised leagues and sync their match results with Facebook, whilst rewarding users with double game points in the full game (along with other bonuses awarded for completing specific goals).
Right, we've done all of the highbrow stuff and weighed, judged and scored both of this year's premier football teams on their own merits, taking care not to mention the rival in respective reviews. There is nothing worse than reading a PES review and having to wade through five paragraphs talking about FIFA, and vice versa. But to ignore the comparison completely would be churlish. We're mired in recession, steeped in debt and consumer confidence is so low that it's verging on the subterranean. It is in such times that gamers have to make hard choices about the titles that they purchase, circumstances such as these leading to conservatism as punters play it safe.
That's a bit out of the question this time around for the discerning football fan, though. In ages past, it was generally agreed that the dial shifted one way or the other, with PES in the ascendancy back when it had numbers after its name rather than years, and FIFA turning things around in the last three or four seasons. This year, though, things have changed. FIFA 12 plays a vastly different, slower and more tactically ponderous game than it has in the past. PES 2012, meanwhile, has gone for all-out offence, eschewing realism for a speedier, more arcadey experience that speaks to its roots back in the ISS years.
The question is, which one should you go for this year?
We reviewed both FIFA 12 and PES 2012 and gave them both an 8, the innovations of each counter-balanced by different flaws between the pair of them. But it wasn't really enough. So here's a step-by-step breakdown of both games, compared and contrasted to give you, the prospective buyer, of which one might be more suited to your tastes.Hit the jump to check out our comparison...
It's actually quite amusing how FIFA and PES' philosophies have swapped places this year. While for the past few years, FIFA was the blisteringly fast and smooth offering with PES the slower, more methodical option, such philosophies have traded hands now, with EA opting for a defensive-minded, tactical approach to FIFA 12, and Konami cranking the PES 2012 engine into overdrive with a fast, fluid system. You really can't go wrong with either, and if you plumped for PES, you'll be happy to hear some DLC is coming your way. Best of all, it's free!Click here to read more...
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".Click here for more
The competition between EA's Fifa and Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series is fascinating; the pair see-sawing in the popularity stakes every single year as new features and philosophies enter the fray. In recent years, Fifa has emerged as top dog, which seems to have a lit a fire underneath Konami, billing PES 2012 as the biggest reinvention of the long-running franchise since its inception. For example, the new Teammate Control system adds an unprecedented amount of control to the game, allowing you to control two players at once, the dribbler and the runner.Click here for more