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FIFA v Pro Evo – The Battle To Be Crowned Best Football Game Ever Rages On!

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.

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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.

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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

FIFA International Soccer n/a
FIFA 95 n/a
FIFA 96 n/a
FIFA 97 n/a
FIFA Road to World Cup 98 n/a
FIFA 99 n/a
FIFA 2000 82
FIFA 2001 85
FIFA Football 2002 82
FIFA Football 2003 88
FIFA Football 2004 84
FIFA Football 2005 81
FIFA 06 80
FIFA 07 85
FIFA 08 83
FIFA 09 87
FIFA 10 91
FIFA 11 89
FIFA 12 90
FIFA 13 90
FIFA 14 88
FIFA 15 82
FIFA 16 84
FIFA 17 85
FIFA 18 84
FIFA 19 83
FIFA 20 79

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.

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