FIFA 19 vs PES 2019: whether you’re after the best licences, modes, or gameplay, here’s who wins between the best football games


Authenticity & presentation

One of the main reasons so many people pick FIFA over PES every year is because it offers official licences for the biggest clubs & leagues in the world, particularly the Premier League. This year, EA has bolstered its offerings with the UEFA Champions League, which is arguably the most sought after piece of silverware in football.

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Basically, if you want to lớn play as your favourite club in career mode, or play out iconic derby days lượt thích El Clásico or Manchester United against City, then FIFA 19 has the lot – including kits, stats, relevant commentary, and stadiums to really sell the occasion. Want to lớn take Pompey lớn the Premier League? You can do that in FIFA 19. Want khổng lồ win the treble with Chelsea? You can vày that too.

By contrast, a Manchester derby in PES 2019 will feature Man Red và Man Blue, while a Madrid derby will be a clash between MD White và KB Red White. There are a few officially partnered clubs from each of the big leagues that help tie PES 2019 to real-world football: FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC, FC Schalke 04, AC Milan, Inter, AS Monaco, Celtic, & Rangers are among the some of big clubs available in PES 2019.


PES 2019 does still include a number of real-world players, making it possible lớn boast a front-three of Sané, Kane, và Higuaín despite none of their clubs being in the trò chơi – they’ll even have realistic stats and faces. PES 2019 also made up for the loss of the UEFA licence by grabbing a slew of new franchises, including the Danish Superliga, Portugal’s Liga NOS, Belgium Pro League, Swiss Super League, Scotland’s Ladbrokes Premiership, Superliga Argentine, và Russian Premier Liga (exclusive to lớn PES 2019).As PES 2019 is available on Steam, you can also mod it lớn include all of the clubs and kits imaginable, which fans have been doing for years now. It can’t match the visual chất lượng of FIFA 19, và nothing can solve PES 2019’s bland commentary, but if you really want to see your club represented in the trò chơi then it’s possible.



So what about the actual football? This is where PES 2019 excels & has done for a few years on the trot. Put simply, PES 2019 delivers a more realistic, fluid, and better paced footballing experience than FIFA 19, one where scoring a goal feels worthy of celebrating rather than something that happens every minute. There’s real toil involved in breaking down an enemy defence, where one wrong pass or poor first touch can xuất hiện your team khổng lồ a dangerous counter-attack.

You won’t breeze past opponents with 10-0 scorelines in PES 2019, but you’ll score some of the most breathtaking goals committed khổng lồ screen thanks khổng lồ the game’s superior ball physics & improved animations. Strikers contort their bodies in myriad ways depending on where the ball is coming from. From controlled cpu shots và rising strikes, lớn 25-yard curlers that bend their way around a wall of defenders và into the top corner of the goal, you have what feels lượt thích limitless freedom in how you take your shots.

Additional passing animations work in tandem with AI that contextually knows what type of pass khổng lồ play, whether that’s pinging it out wide with the outside of the boot or a measured, side-footed through ball. The increased attention given lớn animations has had the biggest impact on the quality of PES 2019’s goalkeepers, who no longer flap at easy saves or crab-walk instead of dive. Keepers are still absolutely useless when they come off their line, though, so not everything is perfect.


Ball physics và an increased sense of physicality double down on the series’ trademark sense of weight with the only niggle being that the referees are a bit too keen to award fouls, which can be frustrating when you definitely got the ball.

FIFA 19 has made a few changes this year as well, but it’s still very much an arcade interpretation of the game. As ever, you can ping the ball around the field with laze precision without ever having lớn take a touch first. This creates games that are always open, frantic, and full of goals, which is fun, but unconvincing when compared to the thể thao as it’s actually played.

Significant changes to how pace works mean you can no longer ping the ball out khổng lồ a winger like Bale or Biabiany và rely on them carrying it all the way lớn the byline uncontested. This slows down the gameplay of FIFA 19 a little, but not much. Likewise, small tweaks have been made to lớn battling for the ball so that more is taken into tài khoản than just the strength stats of both players involved.

The last chơi game change comes in the khung of the new Active cảm ứng System, which gives you a lot more choice about how you receive the ball và allows for some devious traps, feints, & flicks.

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The biggest changes to be found are in the menus where heaps of new tactical tools have been added so that would-be managers can tune their teams khổng lồ perfection. You can get your fullbacks to invert their runs or loft balls in from the corner, ask your defence lớn press aggressively whenever an opposition player takes a heavy touch, choose how many players you want to lớn send forward for corner kicks, & manually decide the depth & width of your team across the pitch.

Ultimately, FIFA 19 makes a few small adjustments khổng lồ its chơi game that refine và improve on last year’s offering, but fans have been asking for substantial changes for years now, so these tweaks may not be enough for some.



FIFA takes the plaudits with ease when it comes lớn what game modes are available, with a main story, a wealth of online modes, and a bunch of wacky one-off match types that are hit-and-miss.

The key new addition is House Rules, which địa chỉ rule presets to standard exhibition matches, ranging from a Survival Mode that has you thảm bại a player every time you score a goal, khổng lồ No Rules where studs-up, two-footer horror tackles are fair game và you’ll never have to lớn bend your run lớn stay onside.

The Journey, which is FIFA’s story mode, also returns for its third iteration. This time around you can switch between three different characters, each with their own career goals, personality, và story. It’s not an essential mode, but it adds even more ways for FIFA 19 players lớn extend their enjoyment of the game, it also providing a welcome change in tone. With the Europa and Champions League cups also available in the game, both as separate tournaments you can play with your friends, it’s impressive just how much /footballing/ EA has managed to lớn cram into FIFA 19.


FIFA 19 Ultimate Team still has the edge over PES 2019’s MyClub where presentation, simplicity, and polish are concerned. But MyClub has a few impressive features that are sorely missing from FUT, such as being able to lớn hire skill và position trainers to lớn develop your squad further. MyClub is also finally getting an answer to lớn FIFA’s Team of the Week by having Featured Players with boosted stats & skills based on their recent real-world performances.

While PES 2019 can’t hold a candle to lớn FIFA 19 with regards lớn how many game modes it has, it does boast a career mode that could give Football Manager a run for its money when it comes to simulations và stats. It might take some time to get used khổng lồ the obtuse UI, but spend some time managing a club in PES 2019 & you won’t be left wanting for ways to lớn monitor, track, & develop your team. Charts and reports are available for everything from player development to wage breakdowns, making it easy khổng lồ identify shortfalls in your system or budget. The addition of proper transfer negotiations rounds off the whole package, letting you conjure up the perfect contract, which is a lot more exciting than it has any right lớn be.


FIFA 19 vs. PES 2019 review

So, should you buy FIFA 19 or PES 2019? Konami takes the crown this year despite losing the UEFA licence. PC players can patch in the clubs with ease, meaning the only real difference between the two is the presentation, gameplay, and modes on offer. FIFA 19 certainly wins on the presentation front, with slick và clean menus, authentic broadcasting overlays, và realistic cinematics.

PES 2019 has more detail và and features in its MyClub & career modes, but it can’t match the sheer number of ways you can sit down & play FIFA 19, be it through hilarious new rule sets, customisable tournaments, or The Journey story mode.

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That’s two in favour of FIFA 19, but the reason PES 2019 wins overall is because its gameplay is as close lớn the real giảm giá khuyến mãi as football games have ever got. Even if some of the club names are risible, PES 2019 just feels so much more like football when you’re playing it, & by adding khổng lồ its package in meaningful ways off the pitch, PES 2019 has managed to lớn outwit rather than outgun EA’s behemoth.