FIFA and PES have an ongoing rivalry, one that The Guardian hails as “gaming’s greatest rivalry.” This rivalry is so intense and exciting and has arguably made football games better over the years.
Unfortunately, PES is operating from a point of difference opposite FIFA, which has been the runaway winner in this gaming rivalry for many years now. An eSoccer graphic by Bwin outlines how FIFA’s sales have far surpassed PES’s, making it the flagship football game across all platforms. In fact, FIFA has a commanding lead over its main rival, with the former selling over 24 million units annually and the latter selling only around 1 million units a year across all platforms.
In this article, we will compare the mobile versions of these famous football titles.
eFootball PES 2020
FIFA dominating PES wasn’t the case a decade ago when both brands were neck and neck in terms of sales. At that time, PES also offered better gameplay than FIFA — at least to a certain degree. Superior gameplay, incidentally, is one of the strong suits of eFootball PES 2020. Like the console version, the mobile edition feels like real football, thanks to remarkable graphics and exceptional gameplay. In particular, eFootball PES 2020’s Finesse Dribble feature has been praised by critics as an advanced technique players can utilise in their virtual football matches to outmanoeuvre opponents. It helps, too, that this game exclusively features popular teams, like Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich, and Juventus. It even has an online mode now (Matchday) that figures to give fans a new way to enjoy eFootball PES 2020.
Yet, the game isn’t without its faults and the biggest is still its lack of official teams and leagues. So if you are a Manchester City fan you will still be playing with Manchester B. eFootball PES 2020’s much-anticipated EURO 2020™ is quite the letdown, too, with the non-inclusion (so far) of Euro themed Matchdays and Tour events. That EURO 2020™ still underwhelms despite delays in development makes the updates even more disappointing.
FIFA 20 Mobile
FIFA 20 Mobile, on the other hand, brings to mobile the same kind of video game excellence FIFA has brought to console gaming. That’s thanks to its crisp gameplay, fine graphics, expansive online options, and comprehensive licensing agreements (which allows players to use over 400 players and teams in the sport). Perhaps unsurprisingly, FIFA 20 Mobile received 1.2 million downloads in South Korea just 2 days after it was first released on June 10 — proof yet again of FIFA’s unprecedented popularity all across the world.
Having said that, even FIFA has its own share of misses, too, and there are a few in FIFA 20 Mobile. The most glaring, arguably, is its over-reliance on the Ultimate Team system, including all the challenges involved in it. This shifts the focus away from the football matches to a series of managerial decisions, challenges, and online competitions that at times feels like one too many. In other words, there is a lot going on in the game, except actually playing football (e.g., no quick matches, no classic leagues).
It’s hard to go against FIFA when it comes to an overall virtual football experience, but in this case, PES may have scored an upset, mainly because it offers far more in terms of actual football gameplay. That being said, the ultimate winners are football fans around the world, who have two exceptional football games on mobile to choose from.
FIFA 20 Mobile or eFootball PES 2020 Mobile which do you think is a better football game for mobile? Let us know in the comment section below!