For years now EA has strived to bring FIFA up to the same standard as PES, often mimicking Konami's masterpiece or (ahem) 'borrowing' gameplay elements in the process. PES, meanwhile, has procrastinated, barely changing for each iteration until - finally - it finds the boot's on the other foot; FIFA's the champ and Konami are looking to EA for inspiration.
But while some of the Xbox World team (cough Pellett! cough) might be loving the current switcheroo, for those of us who have always obsessed over PES, this is painful to write. So what's gone wrong?
One step forward, two steps back. Konami have shot for realism, but sacrificed the fun.
* Looks fantastic
* Reworked Master League
* Lacks the thrills of 2009