Every year there is a debate about which football game is the best and usually revolves around either Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) or FIFA. From the first FIFA game that was released in 1993, titled FIFA International Soccer to the latest, FIFA 20 and from the first PES game released in 2001, to the latest eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 fans will argue to the death over which is better.
Even amongst the individual games themselves folks will argue about which year’s edition was the best so we decided to take a look at the cumulative review scores each game received over the year of release to determine (hopefully) once and for all which is the best football game ever made.
To make things as fair as possible, we used Metacritic.com, which is a review aggregation site that takes all the reviews for the game and then, as the name implies, aggregates them all to give a final score. Where the game scored received different scores on different platforms (eg PC versus PlayStation versus Xbox) we used the top score. Unfortunately, because Metacritic.com wasn’t around till 1999 we are unable to accurately compare scores for the games made before this date.
Let’s see what they said.
Pro Evolution Soccer
|Pro Evolution Soccer||n/a|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2||n/a|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 3||n/a|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 4||n/a|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 5||n/a|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 6||88|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2008||83|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2009||84|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2010||82|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2011||79|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2012||80|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2013||82|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2014||80|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2015||82|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2016||87|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2017||87|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2018||83|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2019||82|
|eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020||82|
|FIFA International Soccer||n/a|
|FIFA Road to World Cup 98||n/a|
|FIFA Football 2002||82|
|FIFA Football 2003||88|
|FIFA Football 2004||84|
|FIFA Football 2005||81|
It seems that overall, the critics and reviewers believe that the best soccer game ever made was FIFA 10 in 2009, followed closely by FIFA 12 and FIFA 13. What is interesting to note is that over recent years scores have dropped steadily since then while scores from Pro Evolution Soccer have stabilised with many saying that this year’s edition, eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 is a superior game to FIFA 20.
What do you think? Is Pro Evo better than FIFA? Did you play FIFA 10 and is it really the greatest football game ever? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.