Throughout the years PES and Fifa have always been battling and since the 1990s both games have been fighting for supremacy in the soccer/ football gaming world. There are fans of both games that argue continuously about the more supreme game. Many even widely agree that PES was the superior title on all generations prior to the current generation of platforms. The current-gen was dominated by Fifa in terms of sales and reviews, however, many PES fans will still argue that PES was still the superior title throughout generation. PES fans generally say that PES is more of a simulation as opposed to Fifa, which is more arcade-like leading to PES having the better experience.
Now with the dawn of the next gaming generation, we have both soccer games returning this year. According to gameplay footage that we saw recently from E3 2013, PES seems to have been drastically improved graphically than in previous years as a result of Konami's new Fox Engine. Fifa on the other hand graphically is similar if not identical to fifa 13 and 12. Being that both games are being released for our current xbox 360s and ps3s there is no hardware advantage on either side. With the Fox Engine so drastically Improving the graphics of PES, while looking at a graphics comparison for both games, in my opinion I would say graphically PES is better this year. However, one should not only use graphics to determine the quality of a game but also its gameplay.
The PES Trailer features highlights of new game mechanics such as the new M.A.S.S (Motion and Stability System) responsible for dealing with collisions and physicality between players. There is also constant illustrations of the games new deft touch mechanic responsible for ball control and dribbling. These systems from my perspective seem to have been implemented very well by Konami and really raise my anticipation for the game even more.
However, looking at the Fifa trailer I see not much improvements from previous years even from a gameplay standpoint. EA constantly refers to features that were previously available in past Fifa games such as protecting the ball and creating chances. Looking at the trailer I really did not see anything new and innovative, and this makes me wonder if Fifa 14 is going to be a real improvement upon past games.
But essentially it is your opinion on which game is better from an aesthetic point-of-view that will cause you to buy either Fifa or PES this year. Opinions are extremely divided on this topic, however one thing we are always sure of is that both games will have features that will appeal to their specific fan base. So whether you are a Fifa guy or a PES guy, game on this year with your favorite title as long as your are having fun.