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EA FIFA vs. Konami PES
Coming are the days when game enthusiastics and tech savvy people will get to dig into the greatest games from the sphere of football. Yes, we are talking about the upcoming editions of FIFA 18 and PES 2018. The EA venture is yet to be released at 29th September while Pes 2018 just days away for its initial release at 12th of this month.
Here at Out of the Syllabus we take a dig into these technologically enhanced games, from their history to there business and development.
Logo of EA and PES.
The journey of EA FIFA starts back from the year 1993 when its initial version was released on platforms like PC, DOS, and Amiga. This was their first attempt in the 16bit era. And ironically it was named EA 'Soccer'. Back then there were no official teams nor original player name used. Then in the edition of FIFA 95 official clubs of eight leagues from different countries were introduced. The major change came on the FIFA 96 edition when the game featured real-time 3D graphics on the Sega Saturn, PlayStation and PC versions, using technology called "Virtual Stadium". It was also the first in the series to present players with real player names and positions, with ranking, transfer and team customization tools by obtaining the FIFPro license. By the FIFA 98 edition their marketing of the game came to a steady uprising as they were using famous players like David Beckham, Paolo Maldini, David Ginola, Raúl, etc. on their covers for different region of world. And this edition was the first to feature official soundtrack of "Song 2" by Blur as their of title track. As each year they released a better version of FIFA improving every aspect, the 2001 edition got hands on official club emblems for the first time. In spite of its steady growth during the 2000s it was still the 2nd best football game after the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) by Konami. PES was first released in the year 2001 and it hit the football gaming market immediately. It was solely released by partnering with Sony for PlayStation and PlayStation 2. Later, to compete in business along their rivals EA FIFA, the 3rd version of PES (2003) was also released for Windows PC platform. As years proceeded the KONAMI venture made improvements in graphics, gameplay and physical engine though it did not had complete FIFPro license for using all official names of clubs and their emblems and still maintained itself as the best football console game for years. While EA FIFA along these years did not improve much and EA company was having a landslide in its business. The FIFA venture had its downfall as well as in other games as the company endured losses totaling $2.5billion, a tumbling share price and named as the "Worst Company in America" by Cosmopolitan for two consecutive years of 2012 and 2013. Managerial changes came about in that year as EA announced Andrew Wilson as their new CEO and changes came to its biggest venture FIFA. Bearing big losses, the company still had FIFA to give hope as in 2010 FIFA sold over 100 million copies around the world making it the bestselling sport gaming franchise in the word. As the new generation of video game console's arrived with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, EA showcased a new engine, Ignite and made changes in its gameplay with features like Human Intelligence (which brings the AI closer to real player behavior) and True Motion Player (which gives the players more realistic animations). As in this decade FIFA venture has got past sales of PES by huge numbers. For some past years FIFA is selling its CD copies in millions while PES is slashing its sales every year due to its lack of improvement. From PlayStation 3 onwards FIFA had improved its gameplay while PES lost its style of gameplay which it had in its 2006-2007 editions. PES still has its great graphics but FIFA has clinched the football gaming market by a huge margin.
Gameplay of an older version.
These games invest a lot of their development budget in getting license and signing players for covers. Official clubs names and emblems cost a lot more than it did a decade earlier. They also deal with players personally for featuring in covers. FIFA and PES used the game rivalry of Messi vs. Ronaldo in their covers as one featured on one and the other on the other in 2012 to 2014 editions. Though this has changed in the past years as young players like Marco Reus, Eden Hazard, Neymar are also featured in the covers. Amidst their business, these games are providing amazing experience of professional football among the masses and creating enhanced technological milestones in gaming software's. Hope they don't disappoint in their upcoming editions.
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