MASTER the original
2013-09-23 15:57:57 UTC
Direi che, voto a parte, che giustamente premia PES, la frase cardine ruota intorno a questo punto: "the truth is that FIFA 14 has plenty of substance [...] perhaps not as much as PES 2014, which takes football more seriously".
Beh, che dire: WOW.
Finale review PES:
That's the message to anyone who has grown tired of FIFA's more gradual evolution over the last few years, really: PES may be slower to reveal its charms than EA's glitzy money-spinner, but those charms run deep. Consider the new 'Heart' system in PES 2014, which sees player form during matches influenced by the emotions they experience as they do things like play key passes or cede possession in a dangerous area. This gives them a boost or nerfs them slightly, which has a knock-on effect for things like free-kick accuracy.
In many ways it's the same message as last year, then, despite sea-change in a lot of areas: PES 2014 is a methodical sports game with deep systems that reward practice and experimentation; the sort of game that will appeal to people who read Zonal Marking rather than Sun Sport. It's never going to beat FIFA for glitz and polish - charms that are no less valid when it comes to how you invest your leisure time - but PES has the potential to become a very deep obsession, where even a 4-0 drubbing has meaning.
Oh, and for the record, I won the return 1-0 with 46% possession and loved every minute. Classic PES.
9 / 10
Finale review FIFA14:
FIFA 14 may not be that much better as a game of football, then, but it is a much better spectacle than last year, from overhead kicks in defence and more aesthetically pleasing shots to smaller details, like the way the ball hits the post more frequently, bouncing along the line in desperate search of a tap-in or scrambled save, or new contextual animations, like a defender falling backwards as he heads a goal-bound effort upwards into the net. It's also a much more fluid and dynamic-feeling game, with fewer breaks in play thanks to far more quick free-kicks and throw-ins, and summarisers on the commentary team as well as play-by-play announcers and touchline reporters. The new menus are very nice too.
A lot of this is style over substance, of course, but the truth is that FIFA 14 has plenty of substance as well - perhaps not as much as PES 2014, which takes football more seriously, but enough that you can play it for 12 months without growing too bored of it, sprinting, weaving, crashing into tackles and then showboating in front of your opponent when you score a winning goal, or losing and drowning your sorrows in the Ultimate Team store.
You could argue that FIFA 14 shows EA Sports is running out of ideas, then, but for me this is a developer that knows exactly what it's doing. Neither the football match engine nor Ultimate Team were broken in any major way, and the placebo effect of a suite of control and balance tweaks, along with its increasingly snug ties to the drama of real-life football, will be enough to carry its ever-growing audience of players through the next season. As much as I know I will play it all year, though, I would like to feel a greater sense of progression next time. Hopefully EA Sports will find the next-generation consoles inspiring.
8 / 10