FIFA Ultimate Team returns with some great new features. The kick-off modes such as Survival or Headers & Volleys come to the online mode this year in FUT Friendlies, allowing you to take on your mates and wind them up online.
New objectives and customisable options including tifos and celebrations create a greater feel for your club BUT you need to patient.
When you commence Ultimate Team, be prepared to wait half an hour before you play your first match. But why?
Well after setting up, and unlocking more players for your Ultimate Team, you then need to customise your tactics.
Somehow EA haven’t sped up this process from last year, where you need to customise your style of play for each of the five attacking mentalities.
Setting up in a 4-4-2 without adjusting your tactics will sap out any joy of the most popular FIFA mode.
It won’t be hard finding a game on PES – it’s sold far better than last year, and Steam hit 10,000 players for the first time in its history.
That being said, servers can be erratic, so do prepare to get frustrated every now and then thanks to lag.
The usual modes are here – quick play, online divisions – which is tough but fun if you fancy coming up against the best, but it’s Match Day that’s probably the biggest draw.
Here, you represent your club as part of a larger collective by winning online matches.
Each week, Konami will select important upcoming matches or possibly a derby game. You will then select which side to represent and play games to contribute to an overall score.
The selected games will form part of a group stage before the very best players from the winning teams face off in a “Grand Final.”
This will be streamed in-game so you can continue to support your team, even if you are not playing.
A nice touch, but Ultimate Team is still a more compelling online mode.
eFootball PES 2020 is a step in the right direction, but that step is probably not significant enough to significantly threaten FIFA’s stronghold on the football gaming market.
It still lacks the licences to compete with FIFA’s realism and its online matchday feature cannot seriously challenge FIFA Ultimate Team in terms of personal user experience.
However, matches are genuinely enjoyable to play, packing plenty of attacking football. Also, Master League is pretty great – if FIFA’s changes to Career Mode do not make an impactful improvement, there will be no doubt regarding which game has the better single-player mode.
FIFA meanwhile, feels like just more of the same. EA has to now seriously rethink what they produce in the series, as gamers are no longer falling for a rehashed version each year – FIFA 19 sold 35% less than its predecessor FIFA 18 during the opening week.
Career Mode, Pro Clubs, FIFA Ultimate Team, and the headline act Volta are a step in the right direction, but this year PES 2020 is the clear winner.
Winner: PES 2020
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