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FIFA And Pro Evolution Soccer Are Head To Head, Here’s Which One You Should Buy

There are two new soccer video games available on the market by Electronic Arts (EA) and Konami, which have caused a stir for the soccer gaming world. In case you’re one of the people who are torn between which one to buy, rest assured because after this article you’ll definitely know which one to buy.

Konami beat Electronic Arts to the punch this year when it unveiled Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 on September 12th. Meanwhile, EA released the latest title in its franchise, FIFA 18, on September 29th but obsessed gamers planned ahead and received the game a week early thanks to a limited pre-order campaign.

What they have in common, unfortunately, is that they both come with a hefty price tag.

So if you could only choose one, which one of these titles should you invest your hard-earned monies towards? Let’s find out with a few head-to-head comparisons!

Which title looks the sleekest?

EA and Konami have done great work to give their respective titles a unique look that is instantly recognizable to the eye.

For example, EA’s FIFA has aimed at a hyper-realistic look in recent years that can fool a casual passerby into thinking its the real thing. Check out the shot below of Antoine Griezmann popping one into the net.

CREDIT: Credit: Electronic Arts

Meanwhile, Konami’s style is nothing to scoff at.

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The differences aren’t too noticeable but there are details can be overlooked by the untrained eye. Check the level of detail in Suarez’ knees in the bottom photo vs. Griezmann’s knee in the above photo. Griezmann’s uniform also seems to pop in an almost 3D effect by comparison to Suarez’ Catalan colors. PES in action also has a layer of shine and gloss to it as if covered with a thin layer of Saran wrap.

EA also has a bad habit of releasing FIFA titles with some incredibly funky glitches that are eventually patched while Konami continues to be more careful in that regard. I’ve yet to see someone’s foot spin like a helicopter rotor in PES. Eventually, it comes down to a matter of personal taste.

Decision: Draw

 Who has the best game modes?

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There are many ways to play the beautiful game and both titles are near equal in this department of various departments. Both titles include solo and multiplayer variations of online play. Both also include tournament modes and career modes such as Konami’s Master League mode pictured above. Both also include a collectible card game-style mode where gamers build unique clubs using players they acquire with in-game currency, prizes, trading, etc.

Each company has tried to one-up the other this year in a few ways. Both companies put more effort into fleshing out their respective career modes, for example. PES’ Master League now includes pre-season tournaments and even more decision-making for the gamer-coaches. Meanwhile, FIFA’s Career Mode now includes the option of dealing with signing players in real time with interactive cut scenes.

CREDIT: Credit: Konami

Konami also recently announced that its official eSports competition mode, the PES League World Tour 2018, will also host the official UEFA Champions League eSports competition. Meanwhile, EA will include the Champions Channel, which will allow FIFA players to watch the best eSports competitors compete on FIFA as well as via Twitch.

EA has a killer app in its newest mode, “The Journey.” The company created the new mode in last year’s title that plays out as a story mode that incorporates the action on the field with action behind the scenes. Players control young English footballing prodigy Alex Hunter in “The Journey: Hunter Returns” as he makes his way through European and American football. There’s plenty of drama and guest appearances by real-life stars, such as Thierry Henry pictured below, along the way.

CREDIT: Credit: Electronic Arts

Decision: FIFA 18

Which game is best on the sticks?

Gameplay has almost always been on the side of Konami and this year is no different although the difference is razor-thin. Both companies have gone to great lengths to provide fun and intelligent gaming on the screen with controls that are simple enough to learn and difficult to master. Both titles succeed in that mission especially when it comes to playing with well-known teams according to their playing styles.

CREDIT: Credit: Konami

What’s different for FIFA this year is the inclusion of quick substitutions. Players can preset three subs before the game begins to make with the press of the right-back shoulder button thereby eliminating the need to jump to the pause menu. It’s quick, it’s efficient, and a time saving option that keeps the flow of the game moving.

However, PES still holds the advantage thanks to two key differences. The first is a game option introduced last year that adds to the in-game strategy on the pitch. Players can use Advanced Options to add two additional offensive and defensive options that players can activate and deactivate with the press of a shoulder button + a d-pad button.

For the purists, PES has also for a long time included advanced options for fluid shifts in formations when in possession and when out of possession. FIFA offers some customization but nothing at PES’ level and what it does offer needs to be done through the game’s start/pause menu thereby killing the flow of the game at times.

Decision: PES 18

But which title really makes you feel like you’re in the thick of it?

Unfortunately, what hurts Konami and PES overall is the game’s lack of licensing. EA has repeatedly included tons of officially licensed teams, leagues, and stadiums including the top four English divisions and the top two divisions in various countries such as Spain and France. This year, FIFA 18 also includes the Icelandic national team, Germany’s top three divisions, and Saudi Arabia’s national team.

It even has Atletico De Madrid’s new stadium, the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

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PES, on the other hand, has actually lost a number of licenses. While it still holds the rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League tournaments, it hasn’t included either the CONMEBOL Libertadores nor the CONMEBOL Sudamericana tournaments in some time. Worse, it pales in comparison to FIFA with less than a third, maybe a quarter of licenses. As a fan of Marseille, I’ve played UCL games versus Manchester Red and London Blue or whatever who serve as stand-ins for real-life teams. This also means that Barcelona fans have to play superclasicos versus Madrid White and Cristiano Fauxnaldo.

Finally, both companies put tons of work into making the crowds and stadiums more dynamic and FIFA edges out PES by just enough in that department as well.

Note the difference between FIFA’s Bombonera stadium below:

CREDIT: Credit: Electronic Arts

With PES’ Bombonera:

CREDIT: Credit: Konami

Decision: FIFA 18

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Konami and Electronic Arts both offer solid soccer titles but it’s the latter that provides the better overall experience on the digital pitch.

READ: The Glitches From “FIFA 17” Are So Weird That They’ll Make You Cry Laughing

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Brazil’s Soccer Reina Marta Trumps Germany’s Miroslav Klose For All-Time World Cup Scoring Record

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Brazil’s Soccer Reina Marta Trumps Germany’s Miroslav Klose For All-Time World Cup Scoring Record

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If you’re not watching FIFA’s Women’s World Cup, you are not living life! We hope you’re not one of those people that is under the wrong assumption that men’s soccer is more enjoyable and thrilling to watch. Women’s soccer has so much excitement and so much history in the making.

Yesterday’s battle between Italy and Brazil was incredible for more reasons than one.

Brazil beat Italy 1 to 0, and now they’re one of the best teams in the World Cup.

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According to sports news outlets, yesterday’s score for Brazil means “Italy, Brazil, and Australia qualify for the knockout stages while Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to play in the Women’s World Cup, fail to progress after three defeats in three matches.”

The winning goal was made by none other than Marta, which garnered a historic 17th World Cup score.

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Marta, known for her single name moniker (full name Marta Vieira da Silva), made the winning kick during the penalty shot against Italy. Her stellar kick now means she’s “moving her ahead of Germany’s Miroslav Klose to become the outright top scorer in both the men’s and women’s game,” according to ESPN.  

You still think women’s soccer doesn’t match up to men’s?

Here’s how people on social media are taking the news that Marta made history.

Let’s pop that champagne!

Marta is a pioneer in so many ways.

We’re sure she’s inspired countless of people.

How about a match between Marta and any of these other male suckers?

We know who’d shine on through.

She’a legend in her own right.

There’s no match.

We’re sure this is not her last goal.

Not by a long shot.

Men Are Saying It’s Not Sexist To Pay Male Soccer Players More, But Uh, Hold Our Hoops While We Beg To Differ With Big Facts

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Men Are Saying It’s Not Sexist To Pay Male Soccer Players More, But Uh, Hold Our Hoops While We Beg To Differ With Big Facts

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Yesterday, the U.S. women’s soccer team played an incredible match against Thailand, in which they won 13 to 0. That game was a great way to kick off FIFA Women’s World Cup. Yet as more viewers tune in to this year’s championship, there’s one reoccurring view: men’s soccer is still better than the women’s league; therefore, they deserve a lot more money than the women.

Male leagues indeed get paid millions more than the women, and even though we’re fighting for equal pay at least one man (of course) said that men soccer players are deserving of it.

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A male writer wrote an op-ed saying that it’s not sexist to pay more to male soccer players because they bring in a larger audience, which equals to a more significant revenue overall to FIFA Men’s World Cup.

“This isn’t evidence of deeply-ingrained sexism,” he writes. “It’s a reflection of the relative commercial status of men’s and women’s soccer, and each one’s ability to draw a consistent audience. This is the core factor driving merit-based compensation in the entertainment industry. When judged on their merits, the Women’s World Cup teams don’t deserve to be paid as much as their male counterparts.”

He should know that this year more and more people are tuning in to watch women’s soccer because they play better than the U.S. male league.

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The writer admits that the U.S. women’s team wins more games than the U.S. men’s team but he points out that in 2017 the women played against teen boys and lost 5 to 2. “Yes, that’s right: Teenage boys beat the women’s top players in the world, and the result wasn’t even close,” he writes and adds. “It does illustrate that even the best women’s soccer in the world doesn’t feature the same level of speed, size, strength, and skill as men’s soccer at lower levels. That isn’t sexism, it’s nature.”

So to recap, this man thinks because men are better at soccer than women (even though they don’t win as much), they still deserve more money because (drum roll), they are generally superior.

Well, he should know, times are changing, and people demand that women soccer players deserve equal pay.

People demanding that equal pay within women’s soccer should be addressed now.

On top of practicing and playing, the women are also fighting for equal pay.

As if they weren’t doing enough already.

They work harder, how many times do we have to say it?

They do not cry over little things on the field like their male counterparts.

It all comes down to gender.

That makes all of this so unfair.

Men take note: change is happening now!

Now back to the game!

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