And the reason they are bad is because they are written by people who haevn't played the game.
Let me tell you this game is brilliant. From the first time you get to the front menu you can tell they have worked on it. Yes it's still a little arcadey at the front end but thats Konami. But licenced songs and the removal of silly sounds everytime you select an option is a massive plus.
Once you're into the game you really start to feel the difference. This game is difficult there is no question about it. You can't just get it down the wings and cross it in anymore you need to make space from quick passing and clever movement. If you try to just run past people you will end up getting done on the counter attack.
People will start to tell you that it's slow. It's not at all slow its just not as quick as FIFA and for me that's a good thing. I like FIFA don't get me wrong. But there idea of making it difficult is, instead of making the players harder to beat, making the referee an idiot and making it bordering on impossible to tackle anyone with speed.
Don't get me wrong, I hate it when people say about Footie games being realistic, because lets face it, there is no such thing as being a realistic game of footie where you controlling 11 men. No one does it so it can't be compared to realism.
But what I will say is that in terms of pace, decisions, scenarios in which differenty things can occur, and general ability of players, this is far closer to the real thing that FIFA.
With FIFA , the computer will move your defenders out of the way so it can score, no such thing on Evo. If you want to score a goal it has to be a nice set piece or a brilliant bit of play.
Score lines are a lot more closer to the real thing as well. You often get a 0-0 or games where there will be a goal in it. I beat my mate 8-6 on Fifa and neither of us are bad players.
The Master league is awesome. You can buy decent players from the start, obivously not the best, like you could in the really old ones, but you have to be certain you are going to be able to pay for them come the end of the season.
Youth teams, real money, player faces, simpler ranking for players, Champions League and Europa league incorporated, Sponsors, staff, training, proper calender date Transfer deadlines all these things make the Masterleague absolute quality and better than last year.
My mates complained that ooo"the players all run the same" and "On Fifa you can tell who it is just by the way they kick a ball". Frankly who cares, I dont want to know who's kicking the ball all I want to know is that the person im controlling will do what I tell them to do and will only be able to do things they could in real life.
You cant back heal 45 yards and you cant pass in the opposite direction with complete accuracy. You can't shrug off players twice your size aslong as you have pace. You don't get sent of for slide tackling people.
I'll put it this way, this game is for a challenge. If you want to a game that you will play for ages wondering how to master it this is it. If you want to know that everytime you play you will have to think of a new way to conquer it this is for you.
If you want to just pick a team with a couple of quick players and just run at people who for some unexplanable reason get out of your way or just do what they want to do when you want them defend by FIFA.
As always its FIFA for Show, Evo for the Pro....
Can't believe I just wrote that.