EA and Konami's annual football games are exposed for the first time at the Gamescom exhibition. Which side are you on?
The annual Gamescom exhibition is currently taking place in Cologne, Germany. This is not an attractive event like E3, but its timing - two months after the important conference of the year, and towards the end - as well as its focus on gaming companies and less on wars Consoles, Made it no less interesting.
Traditionally, the show is also the right time for two of those companies, EA and the Japanese Konami, to showcase the annual iterations of the football games they have developed. These are the flagship games of both, which regularly yield hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Over the years the two series have risen to the status of super franchises, which ridicule the sales figures of games like Metal Gear Solid and Battlefield.
In recent years, the field of computerized football is the only one where there is the slightest hint of competition. EA has long since stopped developing quality basketball titles and has fled the baseball industry, but still dominates the popular hockey and football disciplines, mainly because it is the only one that produces annual games for them. The situation in football is different: there were times when Konami's game was undoubtedly the better quality product. Thousands of avid PES fans in the country can attest to that.
Unlike previous years, this year the two games will arrive in September, before the Hebrew holiday season. PES 2017 will land on the shelves in Israel as early as the 15th of the month and will be available for all platforms, but only the PS4 andXbox One Will get significant improvements, so Konami is once again leaving computer gamers behind. FIFA 17 will arrive exactly two weeks later, on the 29th of the month, and its next-generation version will also arrive on PC.
The new PES will feature improvements to the players' artificial intelligence with an emphasis on goalkeeping behavior, and will strive to be more realistic and deviate from the familiar arcade style. This time Konami obtained the license to use the uniform and stadium of Barcelona and Liverpool, but the problem of licenses for the popular teams will surely still be in its infancy. Here is the official game video of the game from the conference:
EA Canada has decided to move the FIFA 17 Avoid Frostbite, which runs the Battlefield games. Honestly, it is doubtful that this move has led to far-reaching graph changes, but feel free to judge for yourselves. More on the cosmetic level, Premier League coaches will all appear and direct the games from the lines. At the game level, the emphasis is mainly on improving the system of stationary situations and attacking techniques.
In terms of game modes, the super-popular Ultimate Team network mode, from which EA earned over $ 650 million last year, returns with slight improvements. For example, reaching achievements with a team built in a certain pre-defined way will reward the player.
The game this time includes a narrative Journey mode, in which you get into the traffic jams of a 17-year-old young footballer who is trying to make his mark in the English league. The situation even includes a system of dialogs with a wheeled interface, like Mass Effect games, and is very reminiscent of that of Fight Night: Champion from a few years ago. You are welcome to watch a video from the conference:
Now that you're impressed with both games, share with us in the comments which camp you plan to support this year, and on which platform you plan to play.