Up For Debate - Which Football Game Are You Buying, FIFA 18 or PES 2018?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Sep 17, 2017 4:22 PM
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 has just blasted onto store shelves across all platforms and FIFA 18 is due imminently. Now it’s time for what is an annual conundrum for many of us footie fans - which one to go for?

The last few years on PC the choice has been easy. Konami has been serving up an offensively trite PC port of the PlayStation 3 version, while FIFA has always the latest up to the date version on PC. The only logical reason to go PES was due to the toaster-baiting system requirements, which have jumped up significantly this year with the move to the update Fox Engine.

PES 2018 lacks a lot when it comes to official licensing, but it does have the ace in the hole that is official Champion’s League licensing. Bournemouth fans may have to deal with playing as South England Reds, but the likes of Man City, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich are all present and correct.

New to Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 this year is strategic dribbling, allowing skilled players to better shield the ball and make more subtle movements. Set pieces have also been improved with a new free kick and penalty kick system. In an effort to get in on the story mode action, PES 2018’s Master League also includes pre-match interviews, locker room clips and more.

FIFA 18 meanwhile has pretty much everything but the Champions League, including official teams and player likenesses for practically every major league across the globe. It’s also got the endorsement of none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, who has lent his silky skills to an animation upgrade. Aside from this, the changes are pretty minor this time around. There are new team styles such as high press and tiki-tika for master tacticians, while the story of Alex Hunter will also continue.

Ultimately though, regardless of the new features and the graphical upgrades, which to buy out of PES 2018 and FIFA 18 is going to come down to which plays the better game of football. Depicting the same sport, the two have historically taken very different approaches.

So if you’ve got £50 to blow on a football game this month, which are you choosing out of FIFA 18 or PES 2018, and why?

Which football game do you plan to buy this year?

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14:10 Sep-24-2017

Pes 10,last good for me...

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15:51 Sep-23-2017

I tried both, pes full version and fifa demo, even tho u cant compare the demo to the real thing. fifa looks worse this year than last year. They havent rly changed anything and it is essentially just a patch for transfers. Corner kicks and penalties are still awful thing they introduced last year, and its genuinely confusing. Pes improved drastically and it definitely feels a lot better now. The only thing that holds FIFA is licensing so far imo. I think once they lose that to pes/konami.. pes will destroy fifa.

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20:40 Sep-19-2017

i played football on neo geo games

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10:37 Sep-19-2017

Fifa looks and plays the same each year unfortunately so there's no real point in buying it...meanwhile each pes plays differently and when modded it's really the best footy game at the moment so yeah...pes 18 ^^

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02:25 Sep-19-2017

Madden NFL 18

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21:24 Sep-18-2017

I'm a big FIFA fan but this year i probably will buy both. I already bought PES 2018 and it's good as a single player and i'm waiting for FIFA 18 now.

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10:41 Sep-18-2017

pes finally with good graphics

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10:31 Sep-18-2017

Fifa, without any doubt.

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20:28 Sep-18-2017

Agree here, tried pes once or twice maybe, but im a fifa person.

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13:47 Sep-19-2017

You are absolutely right.

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08:50 Sep-18-2017

Footy game are not my style, but if I had to make a choice, it would be Fifa

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07:19 Sep-18-2017

I played PES (ISS) for 15 years, from ISS PRO 98 to PES 2013, and it's the same every year, no licences, no player faces, lame commentators, and so on... and after I saw that abomination that they made in FOX engine I started playing FIFA, it's not perfect but it's better than PES.

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09:14 Sep-18-2017

Yeah, too true. ISS and PES up to about 2008 for me, then the tables turned. Up until that point FIFA played awfully

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06:30 Sep-18-2017

Neither... I hate football games, boring and waste of time. I prefer playing with other games, sorry this is my opinion.

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22:30 Sep-17-2017

Neither. I am playing FIFA 2005, the best FIFA game ever!

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17:09 Sep-18-2017

I remember i had it for the gamecube. It was awesome

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21:45 Sep-17-2017

Might get fifa on ps4, pes looks awful as always

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21:37 Sep-17-2017

It's been so long since we've had a decent Tennis game. Last AAA Tennis game that was decent, was probably Top Spin 4.


Still play that game from time to time.

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18:21 Sep-17-2017

Fifa is realistic iam going to buy FIFA &#603

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18:01 Sep-17-2017

Wheres the "Yarr" option?

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10:14 Sep-18-2017

Shhh.... You can't even think of piracy while browsing GD.

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20:30 Sep-18-2017

And on top of that, both has Denuvo, and like always, you cant play online with cracked games.
So the only reason for me to buy Fifa is to play the journey and ultimate team, the rest i dont really care about...

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17:59 Sep-17-2017

Both.

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17:29 Sep-17-2017

Honestly i would have bought FIFA 18.But after playing the demo and seeing how hard they made it to defend in this game i know how rage inducing this game would be online so i chose to stay away from it.I chose NBA 2K18 for my yearly sports game and i don't regret it.

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17:26 Sep-17-2017

I love how both games have equals number of people buying it on the vote bar yet the "Neither" stays the highest

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16:59 Sep-17-2017

I've given up on football games since Fifa 14.

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