Year after year, Pro Evolution Soccer was the footballers choice for a football game. The play was more realistic than Fifa, there was more fluidity and quicker gameplay - all in all it was more enjoyable.
This year has changed. Fifa have done their research and have improved drastically and have now surpassed PES. Each year, PES made minor improvements in the gameplay and the graphics - but nothing major. That was fine with the playstation 2 and original xbox, but with the new consoles, it feels like a step in the wrong direction.
The gameplay is unresponsive. This coupled with the poor commentry, stupid offsides + freekicks and the narrow choice of competitions and cups has made Fifa 09 the better of the two games this year.
I gave Fifa 5* for a number of reasons:
Have the rights to the teams
All in all, a footballers game for the 2009 year is Fifa and there is no getting away from it.
It pains me to say it but Fifa is better and should be your first choice purchase.