FIFA 22 vs PES 2022: Differences, graphics, players, teams and more!

If you want to know the differences between these two upcoming sports sims, we’ll be tackling that very question. FIFA vs PES!

by Steven Shaw
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When it comes to football, almost everybody with an interest in the beautiful game favours one team or another. And those allegiances also extend into football games. The battle between EA Sports’ FIFA series, and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) has been raging ever since the mid 1990s. FIFA has tended to be the more successful in terms of sales, with its licensing of team and player names making it more realistic. But Pro Evo has sometimes been regarded as the better game, even if you did have to play with made up names.

With the latest iterations due to be released in the next few months, here’s what we know about the key differences between the two titles, and how they match up head-to-head. Let’s kick off.

FIFA vs PES: Key Differences

There were some big differences between the approach the rivals took in relation to the 2021 editions of their titles. FIFA was released with both last generation and next generation versions. Pro Evo provided a “season update” version for the new consoles. This means that they have had around 18 months to build their first fully next-gen version. They have switched from the Fox Engine to the Unreal Engine for building Pro Evo 2022. This should lead to better player models and animations, more realistic visuals, and superior in-game physics.

In gameplay terms, Pro Evo is generally regarded as the more realistic game to play. FIFA is seen as having a slightly more arcade feel to it. The gap has undoubtedly narrowed in this respect though. FIFA is also regarded as being the more polished game overall; better commentary, slicker presentation, and better player likenesses. It will be interesting to see how the two compare in 2022.

Graphics

We know that PES will be using the Unreal Engine produced by Epic Games. What we don’t yet know, us whether it will be Unreal Engine 4 or 5. Unreal Engine 5 is due to arrive towards the end of 2021, so it’s more likely to be Unreal Engine 4. But either way, expect to see some major enhancements from a graphical perspective.

FIFA is likely to continue running on the Frostbite engine, so we can probably expect more iterative improvements. It is generally regarded as the prettier, more polished game. So it will be interesting to see how they both look in the 2022 editions.

Teams

Arguably the most singularly significant difference between FIFA and Pro Evo is down to team and player licenses. For years, FIFA has been able to enjoy a virtual monopoly on real teams, real stadia, and real players. This has lent the game a level of authenticity that Pro Evo has struggled to compete with. But in 2021, Juventus were persuaded to grant their license exclusively to Pro Evo, meaning that for once FIFA was left with a slightly jarring imitation of the Turin based side known as Piemonte Calcio. Apparently this continues to bear fruit, as at least two other Italian teams are rumoured to have signed up with Konami for 2022.


FIFA continues to set the standard on this though, and has enjoyed almost universal access to official team names, logos, and player names and likenesses. While Konami may have been able to pinch an exclusive in Juventus, they did lose the two Milanese teams. It’s unlikely that FIFA’s dominant position on this is likely to be significantly diluted in 2022.

Players

The licensing differences aren’t just limited to team names either. FIFA undoubtedly has the advantage when it comes to the names and likenesses of real players. While Konami have made progress in securing more teams, and therefore more players, there are still significant gaps in how complete the rosters are. You will likely have no problem with player names in the major leagues and most international teams. Pro Evo has at least been able to secure many of the biggest names – most notably Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But if you prefer to play as a team from, say, the English second division, then you might struggle to recognise any of the names in your squad. Again, this is likely to remain the case for the 2022 editions of both games. If you want your game to be as authentic as possible, it’s hard to see beyond FIFA.


FIFA vs PES Game Modes

This is another area where FIFA benefits from its licenses. They have exclusive rights to competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League. So in terms of career mode, this is certainly more authentic. FIFA also has game modes such as Volta (a street-style small sided game) Manager Mode, Career Mode, and Ultimate Team.

PES meanwhile, has an Ultimate Team equivalent known as myClub, and Master League, which is the Manager Mode offering. Whether there will be new modes to enjoy when PES 22 is released, time will tell. Undoubtedly more will be revealed as we get closer to release.

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Steven Shaw