Right lets get something straight: In an age of high definition gaming, some people maybe expecting too much graphically and feature wise from the PSP. If you have a game on the PS3 and it's ported over to the PSP, don't expect miracles.
Secondly, I'm don't want to open a PES vs. Fifa debate here. That has been done to death so many times on every football forum around. However it's quite simple.
Fifa used to be the best football game around, but they got greedy. Started releasing a new game every year with very little change to them. This is where Pro Evolution took over. The would make major leaps every year with game-play, and pretty much coming close to making the perfect game with PES 6.
Now what is happening, is PES has peaked. They are not making changes that justify brining out a whole new game, with nothing but a new cover and menu. It's back to the drawing board for Konami.
Now, Fifa has come back in. And for me, who bought PES 2008 and was heart broken that it had betrayed my trust in it, done some soul searching and bought Fifa 08, which I swore would never happen. Well I have been won over.
And now with Fifa 09, you have the best little pocket of joy you could ever wish to carry in your pocket.
Yes it has flaws, most notably that bug that surrounds the commentary by Andy Gray. You would be leading at Half Time, Andy would come on and say well they are getting beaten and need to try harder, or the fact that every challenge you make, Gray seems to comment that your player has injured himself.
The animation isn't perfect, but it doesn't need to be. Because the game-play is top notch. The ball mechanics are great, and any little thing can affect the direction of the shot. You really have to build up your play too. No more running the length of the field ala Fifa of old. No, this is PES game-play.
That's not all, when you look at the tiny disc that you fling into you little handheld, it's remarkable how much they have fitted onto it. From the vast array of competitions and teams, as well as challenges, there is also and quiz section to fill up time when you need a break from the impressive manager mode.
I'd have no doubt recommending this, God knows, I spent enough time mulling it over in the shop when I bought it. Fifa 09 or PES 09, I thought.
No competition. Fifa wins this leg.