Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
FIFA and PES seem to have swapped shirts, with neither catering to the original audience they once set out to attract. Based on this year's offerings, though, it's PES that has the clearer direction of where it's headed. Perhaps most tellingly of all, PES 2015 is more satisfying in defeat than FIFA 15 is in victory.
A triumphant return to the top for footballing's favourite son.
PES returns to the Premier League in its best iteration in years.
A significant improvement on the last generation of Pro Evo games, and for the first time in years PES is more entertaining than the new FIFA.
Modes and presentation still need some work, but Konami has finally delivered with the gameplay. On the pitch, where it matters, PES 2015 has a clear edge over FIFA 15.
The game is definitely better than last year and puts the series in good standing, but it's not a monument for the genre itself
PES 2015 is a genuine return to form for the series, one that competes with FIFA on every step, pass, and shot.
I would much rather play soccer in this game than in FIFA 15.
So PES 2015 isn't quite the FIFA killer that many may have hoped, as there are many things that the current iteration of EA's footie series does better. Yet the gap has narrowed significantly with PES 2015, and the hardest part of any sports game -- the gameplay and feel of the sport -- has never been better than with this year's installment. That alone makes PES 2015 worth a look for those disappointed with FIFA 15's on-field action.
PES stands alone, and this year finally delivers on the next generation of consoles. A great looking, immensely satisfying kickabout.