The PES 2018 open beta kicks off later this week, giving fans the chance to check out some of the teams and game modes ahead of launch.
The 11 day PES 2018 open beta will be available from July 20 on PS4 and Xbox One. Fans will be able to try Quick Match and Online Co-Op.
The PES 2018 open beta is available even without a PlayStation Plus account, although you’ll need a Gold subscription to access the Xbox One version.
With the beta just a few days away, now seems like as good as time as any to pit PES 2018 against FIFA 18 in a quick pre-season friendly.
Will FIFA 18’s presentation once again ensure success for EA, or has PES 2018’s action gotten too good to ignore?
We may have only spent a few hours with both games, but even at this early stage it looks like FIFA 18 has the better presentation.
From the moment the players take to the pitch and start shaking hands, it’s clear that EA Sports has worked hard to make it feel like you’re watching a real football match.
The stadiums have been given a big overhaul in FIFA 18, with everything from sun position to pitch-side fixtures being painstakingly recreated. We were also impressed with the pitch debris and stadium-specific banners.
Supporters that actually act and behave like individual fans (to a certain extent) are the icing on the cake.
PES 2018 is no slouch in the graphical department, and the stadiums and players look fantastic. But it does lack some of the finer details of FIFA 18, which takes an early lead.
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ON THE PITCH…
It may lack some of the bells and whistles of FIFA 18, but PES 2018 pulls one back where it matters most.
It’s clear that EA Sports has invested some time improving animations, but the action still felt a little stilted and formulaic. Fans can also expect distinct Team Styles (like tiki-taka) and “Dramatic Moments”, but it’s hard to get a taste for this so early on.
PES 2018, on the other hand, offers a much smoother and more fluid game of football. The one-touch passing system provides an immediate sense of gratification, and the games I played during my first hands-on were simply more exciting than my FIFA 18 matches.
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FIFA 18 may not be as exciting as PES 2018 when it comes to on the pitch action, but it does typically give fans more ways to play.
The highlight is FIFA Ultimate Team, which brings legendary players like Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) and Pele to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
A surprise hit in FIFA 17, The Journey returns for a second season, as Alex Hunter decides whether to stick or twist and continue his career elsewhere. EA Sports will give players more choices in the new Journey mode, and will also let fans customise Hunter with flashy new haircuts and whatnot.
PES 2018 has also made some improvements in this department, with full 11-v-11 online matches and a brand new 3-v-3 co-op game mode which will be integrated into myClub and Leagues.
Fans can also expect to see a legend or two, including Maradona and even Usain Bolt.
But while these are all positive changes from Konami and PES 2018, it’s EA Sports and FIFA 18 that bag the winning goal, purely because we can’t wait to play more Journey.
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FIFA 18 beats PES 2018 in this pre-season friendly, although you could argue that PES gets it right where it matters most, and that’s all that matters.
You can judge for yourself when the PES 2018 beta kicks off for 11 days on July 20.