Conclusion: But we're being really harsh there, as these really are quibbles. There's so much to see and do and everything is so well executed that it feels relatively cheap at the asking price. If you really are sitting on the fence as to what football game you should be buying then you really need look no further than FIFA 09. Even if you've bought PES for the last 148 years in a row, if you don't give FIFA a look in, you really are missing out on something special.
Excerpt: It's interesting times in the world of virtual footie. For years Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has scored the winning goal in the gameplay stakes, and EA's FIFA franchise has lifted the trophy in the graphics stakes. And for years gamers have, on the whole, considered PES the superior game. But last year something happened. Something happened that was very interesting indeed. Overall, FIFA 2008 was a better game than PES 2008.
Excerpt: Funny how things change; the stock markets rise and fall, the Miami Dolphins aren’t half bad this season and the FIFA series has evolved, with this latest edition, into a more accomplished one than it’s Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) rival. In fact, FIFA 09 is the finest soccer game available on this generation of hardware, bar none – that’s something that is safe to take to the bank in these uncertain times.
Excerpt: My brother and I have been talking about this all new FIFA game for the past couple of days now, and he believes that this iteration features the least amount of changes over past ones, or rather that it doesn't feel any different. There is some truth to that, but it doesn't make FIFA 09 a bad game. It actually makes it a solid game.
Excerpt: EA's FIFA series has always been a popular franchise -- but the "smart" money was on the feisty PES games from Konami. The theory was that FIFA won over gamers with its powerful licensing, first-rate graphics and easy-to-grasp gameplay. It was the serious soccer fan who played the Konami games, while the casual gamer stuck with FIFA. That's no longer the case.
Summary: FIFA 14 for PS4 doesn't make drastic changes to its current-gen version, but the enhanced graphics, new animations, and improved player awareness make it one of the strongest PS4 launch titles.
Pros: Improved graphics and overall presentation, New animations enhance realism, Greater player awareness
Cons: Players still slightly off, Some missed opportunities in crowd overhaul, Not a giant leap for the franchise