By focusing on its match engine, FM17 presents an impressive step forward for the series.
Despite a delightful new story mode, FIFA 17 falls short where it matters - on the pitch.
Despite a lingering scrappiness, this is the best PES in an age (provided you're not playing on PC).
EA crafts one of the finest MMA games to date, although it's let down by a lacklustre ground game.
Despite a couple of neat additions, Football Manager 2016 is an iterative release that's sadly short on big new ideas.
After last year's disaster, 2K's series bounces back with the best wrestling game in years.
FIFA's interpretation of football removes some of the fun, but it offers so much else besides it's still a worthwhile game.
PES's legacy problems remain, but the football itself has never been better.