Where I think EA are going right with Fifa is that they try to evolve the gameplay in a fundamental way, whether it's 360 degree movement, tactical defending, first touch, etc.
tactical defending (hold up play/tracking pes 2011), first touch (R2 button initially, developed contextually in pes 2010-2012), these things and a lot others were introduced and refined in pes, which has always added fresh stuff to gameplay over each version whether people love it or hate it, but because they didn't wrap it up in snazzy pr marketing speak they were ignored and fifa was praised instead. I think that's what Jon Murphy was annoyed at but the way he put it across was slightly sour and unnecessary. The general consensus being, when FIFA announces it its like 'WOW, FIFA are really innovating', but when its something that PES has already done before, no one notices because, after all, 'pes is crap innit'. The tactial defending last year is a prime example of this.
I'm not saying FIFA aren't innovating at all, they have added some things that have rightly been commended, I liked the jostling system in FIFA 09, that was a step up for footie games. But the overall effects have been over exaggerated a lot of the times because FIFA bamboozles people over with its animation engine and visual presentation.
Fifa introduced 360 degree dribbling in 2010 but the effect was largely cosmetic compared to FIFA 09's 16 direction dribbling. PES continued to develop stat-based footplanting, momentum and inertia in player movement 1st throughout 2009-2010, then when that base was at a good level added 360 dribbling in 2011 to augment the game. FIFa's player individuality is minimal compared to PES, you'd think that would be a crucial part of of footie game, that's why FIFa's changes to me seem to be the cosmetic ones; remember things like the 'personality plus' stuff, did it really change FIFA? PES is unfashionable and animated in an inferior way to FIFA, but imo the fundamentals were being taken care of before the aesthetics.
- It still feels very similar to PES 2012. In fact I'd call this PES 2012.5
- The pre-match build up is almost identical to PES 2012, as are the menus
- The graphics are almost identical to PES 2012
I'm pretty impressed with the demo overall but I was hoping it was gonna feel a bit more fresh and new. It really does feel so familiar in parts to PES 2012!!
I agree with a previous poster - 'Definitely an evolution rather than a revolution.'
They've already said they're at the limit with this engine on current consoles, so this is more of a refined, tweaked pes 2012, which I still think is a great game, flaws aside. There are enough changes to differentiate it and justify a purchase. They'll be using MGS5's fox engine for next gen systems.
Edited by freedumb at 20:13:30 26-07-2012