FIFA has always been EA Sports’ golden egg. When the game hits the shelves every September, it does fantastic business for the company.

Indeed, compared to last year, EA revenues have increased by 39.4 per cent. The soccer game is the most popular sports game in the world and is always very well received by critics.

However, we are not here to talk about the benefits of FIFA, we are here to talk about the game’s ills. Yes, FIFA is a good game but its critical acclaim is somewhat of a hyperbole. In sum, FIFA is nowhere near as good as the critics make out. Here’s why.

Depth

FIFA prides itself of its realism. The IGNITE engine that EA use in the game does better the A.I. and makes for a lifelike game. In order for FIFA to be the most realistic game in the market, it has had to acquire a lot of licences for leagues and teams. This is something that has helped stunt the growth of PES.

In regards to club teams, FIFA is excellent. However, on the international stage they are pretty bare. How can you call yourself the most realistic soccer game in the market when you have just 47 international teams? What is surprising is the limited choice of African nations, considering it is a continent absolutely hooked on soccer. The biggest omission is Nigeria, a side who have qualified for four of the last five World Cups.

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by  alejandrorzuri – Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast

Considering the popularity of the recent Africa Cup of Nations – a tournament won by the Yaya Toure’s Ivory Coast – and the large portion of people who visit sites such as bet365 to take part in international soccer betting, why have EA not included more African sides to capitalise on that interest?

PES’ return to form

The Pro Evolution Soccer/FIFA debate has lost a lot of its prevalence but seven years ago it was a massive deal. The divide between gamers back then was far closer than it is today. PES struggled on Xbox 360 and PS3 but its debut on the next-generation consoles this year has been spectacular. It is a more enjoyable game to play than FIFA.

PES has the better graphics and a more fluid gameplay. The games are faster and thus more absorbing. All that PES is missing is FIFA Ultimate Team, which is the main reason everyone praises FIFA.

If you were to play PES and then FIFA, you would quickly see that Konami’s game is far more enjoyable than EA’s. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

No Ronaldo

Lionel Messi is the cover star of FIFA and has been for the past few years. Messi is a great player but he isn’t the best in the world right now. That would be Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been named World Player of the Year for the past two years.

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by  Jan S0L0  – Cristiano Ronaldo

This is frustrating when you play the game and see that Messi, because he is the cover star, has the better stats. It may sound benign but it is disappointing to fans and the likes of the above mentioned sports bettors with an in-depth knowledge of soccer. Why is the best player, by some margin, playing second fiddle to a player whose form has declined over the past two years?

As previously mentioned, FIFA is a good game but it does not deserve the billing of being great.

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FIFA has always been EA Sports’ golden egg. When the game hits the shelves every September, it does fantastic business for the company. Indeed, compared to last year, EA revenues have increased by 39.4 per cent. The soccer game is the most popular sports game in the world and is...