eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (abbreviated eFootball PES2020) is a football simulation video game developed by PES Productions and published by Konami for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android and IOS. The game is the 19th installment in the Pro Evolution Soccer series and was launched worldwide on 10 September, and was launched in Asia on 12 September. The new game features a name change with the addition of ‘football’ within the title, symbolizing a push in the online gaming space with a focus on PESLeague and eFootball Pro tournaments. Lionel Messi returns as the cover star of the standard edition, since his last appearance on the Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 cover, alongside Pro Evolution Soccer ambassadors Serge Gnabry, Miralem Pjanić, and Scott McTominay. Ronaldinho will feature on the cover of the legend edition.
FIFA 20 is a football simulation video game published by Electronic Arts as part of the FIFA series. It is the 27th installment in the FIFA series and was released on 27 September 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard was named the new cover star of the Regular Edition, with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk on the cover of the Champions Edition. Former Juventus and Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane was later named as the cover star for the Ultimate Edition. The game features VOLTA Football for the first time, a new model that provides a variance on the traditional 11v11 gameplay and focuses on small-sided street and futsal games. The mode is believed to be focused on the former FIFA Street series.
As in previous years, the showdown of football sims has fallen into somewhat of a stalemate. Both PES 2020 and FIFA 20 bring a raft of worthwhile improvements and new additions, each offering a distinct yet impressive gameplay experience. EA definitely has the edge in terms of modes and licenses, while Konami’s graphics engine allows for a smoother experience on the pitch.
They both have eggs in their respective baskets, so we’ve popped excerpts from our reviews below to help your purchasing decision further:
- FIFA 20 (4/5) – “It remains a gorgeous and fun-to-play football game that’s as addictive as ever. The addition of Volta adds some much-needed variety and the quick matches filled with skills and elaborate game celebrations are fun.”
- PES 2020 (4/5) –“PES 2020 takes what you love about the series and makes it more satisfying and fun, without sacrificing its simulation pedigree. The lack of captivating online and offline game modes hold it back, however.”