FIFA 18 vs PES 2018: What’s new?

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The early verdict of PES 2018 is in, and so far it plays a beautiful game of football, if it still suffers with problems off the pitch. Click the link to read our review-in-progress ahead of a final verdict when the multiplayer servers go live later this week.

With FIFA 18 launching at the end of the month, expect reviews to come in very soon for us to have a complete versus breakdown right around the corner. For now, here’s the latest comparing the two behemoth footie sims.

FIFA 18 vs PES 2018: What’s new?

EA Sports and Konami are delivering yet another entry in their respective football sims this year in the form of FIFA 18 and PES 2018. Both experiences are shaping up nicely, and we’ve compiled all the big differences to help you decide which game is right for you in 2017.

FIFA 18 vs PES 2018 – Graphics

FIFA 17 saw the switch to the Frostbite engine, and it took the game to the next level when it came to graphics. But FIFA 18 turns things up a notch, and a few tweaks have made all the difference. The crowd is no-longer a regimented heard, but a collection of people that all react differently and this really helps the atmosphere in the stadium.

There’s a new lighting system and improved shadows, both of which give more realism to the game, but some players do still feel a bit dead behind the eyes.

PES 2017 had excellent player faces and details, but lacked much stadium atmosphere and had a poor general UI. It’ll be interesting to see if it again focuses on a few key players, stadiums and teams rather than giving it a bigger overhaul.


FIFA 18 vs PES 2018 – Licenses

Konami’s football sim is expectantly lacking the major licenses you’ll expect to see in FIFA 18. However, once again they have formed an exclusive partnership with Barcelona FC that extends to both player likenesses and several stadiums.

You can expect to have all the biggest leagues and teams playable in FIFA 18, including the Premier League and La Liga, along with likenesses for all the players. We’ve already seen FIFA is focusing big on Cristiano Ronaldo, going as far as motion-capturing him into the game, and during our hands-on we were told there is a big focus on getting players as accurate as possible, even down to their individual running styles.


PES on the other hand has always struggled with licenses, which may or may not be a dealbreaker for you. From the PES 2018 teaser trailer we can see that once again it will focus on Barcelona so expect to see the Nou Camp along with players like Neymar, Messi and Suarez recreated almost photorealistically.

PES 2018 will also likely benefit from having the exclusive license to the UEFA Champions and Europa League.

FIFA 18 vs PES 2018 – Modes

The biggest new mode we saw in FIFA 2017 was the addition of a single-player campaign, something unheard of in a football game. The Journey, which focused on up-and-coming wonderkid Alex Hunter, was a success and it’s no surprise to see it making a return this year. The Journey: Hunter’s Return adds in a range of customisability options, a deeper story with more reliance on your decisions and the ability to leave England and play for a variety of teams.

We haven’t heard a lot about the other game modes that are coming in FIFA 18, but we know Ultimate Team is making a comeback and of course expect to see the usual array of career and tournament options.

In terms of modes, PES 2018 makes further iterations to myClub, Master League and the career mode. It’s a shame Konami hasn’t chosen to adopt a narrative-driven campaign in the same vein as The Journey.

FIFA 18 vs PES 2018 – Online

The only online mode that EA Sports has detailed so far is Ultimate Team, and even specifics are scarce on that at the minute. We do know that Ultimate Team is coming back and the previously Xbox exclusive player legends will now be available on PS4 and PC.

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PES 2018 now supports an online co-op mode featuing 2v2 and 3v3 variants, meaning you and group of friends can play together on the same team. You can have a one-off competition or form a clan that can play, rank up and aim for the top of leaderboards.

FIFA 18 vs PES 2018 – Gameplay

Improved gameplay is a big focus in FIFA 18, and during our short time with the pre-release version of the game it was easy to notice the improvements.

A new animation and motion system makes skills and movements much smoother, while dribbling is more fun. Crossing is less floaty, and new ‘Wonder Goals’ add some extra glamour to those special finishes.

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FIFA 18 feels a much more rounded and enjoyable experience, and certain aspects like the dribbling feel influenced by the free movement in recent PES titles.

PES 2018 is likely to continue the focus on gameplay that Konami has pushed recently, and we’d expect it to still be the choice for pure football-sim enthusiasts.

FIFA 18 vs PES 2018 – trailers

You can find the latest trailers for both PES 2018 and FIFA 18 below:

Early impressions

Both FIFA 18 and PES 2018 are shaping up nicely with evident improvements made across the board in terms of visuals, gameplay and modes. Only time will tell which football sim reigns supreme later this year, and much of that will depend on your personal preferences in terms of what’s on offer.




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