The Versed continues its series looking at the games that are played competitively by focusing on EA’s long-running FIFA series. There would be those out there who disparage the FIFA series due to the fact that sport-sims aren’t real games. However, these would be the sort of gamers that probably sit in their basement dressed as Harry Potter rolling dice to upgrade their paladin. That’s not a slight on those people. They make up the majority of our readership! If it’s in the game FIFA is a veteran of the video game world. The first incarnation came more than 25 years ago. Originally entitled EA soccer during development but the released as FIFA International Soccer. (Or more informally FIFA 94.)
At the time the game broke new ground. Popular football sims at the time were mostly top-down, ala Sensible Soccer. (Yes we loved it too.) But EA changed the game by introducing an isometric view, giving a more realistic presentation that was to become their calling card. FIFA Vs PES As consoles developed so did EA’s football sim, becoming an annual release it went from strength to strength but it was not alone in its division. As any kid living around the end of the ’90s will tell you it had stern competition in the form of Konami’s excellent Pro Evolution Soccer series. Pro Evo was considered the thinking man’s game. FIFA had the edge in terms of sparkle with its official licenses, better menu system and if you are being wholeheartedly honest it was just more polished. However, Pro Evo just understood the beautiful game and it showed. The build-up play in Pro Evo was methodical and tactical. Its EA rival played more like a game of basketball with frenetic, end to end arcade-y gameplay. FIFA evolution The […]
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