Here's our comparison of FIFA 12 and PES 2012.
FIFA is top of the (able when it comes to football visuals. The player models, while not as eerily realistic as those in the full console versions of the game, are recognizable versions of their real-life counterparts. And, this being FIFA, all the team strips are accurate.
Not quite the spectacle you get with FIFA 12, but the players and stadiums are impressive enough, though animations aren't as subtle and varied as FIFA's. The various menus and stat screens are slightly friendlier for novices than FIFA's.
For the full experience, play the career mode in which you manage your team and play in the games. In addition, there's a new daily challenge to test your skills every 24 hours, quick matches and penalty shootouts. A limited but satisfying palette of play options.
This is where PES 2012 scores highly. The full experience includes Exhibition mode, UEFA tournaments, league cup matches, me Super Challenge (essentially a career mode} and various individual challenges - the Free Kick Challenge being particularly good fun.
FIFA 12 is now the undisputed king of iOS footy games, thanks to its straightforward yet comprehensive control options. Three buttons control passing, shooting and sprinting, but then gesture controls can be used to pull off the more advanced moves.
PES 2012 has three control options, but the two-button setting is the winner, with players using a stick to move and two buttons for passing and shooting. Other moves can be accessed through combinations of presses, holds, button/stick combas and swipes.
No online multiplayer still and there's no easy way for two players to hook up for a quick match locally, either. But if you have two iPhones and an iPad, you can play head to head using the iPhones as controllers and the iPad as a screen, or hook the iPad up to a TV.
There's no proper online play here, but tike-minded footy fans can at least use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to go head-to-head. You can also persuade friends online to try to beat your achievements in the match challenge leaderboards and Free Kick Challenge.
Authenticity was always FIFAs strong hand, now that the gameplay is world-class too, this is the most realistic footy sim available. Real players, real team, real leagues, superb animation, solid commentary, an ecstatic crowd… it's full of big-game atmosphere.
The Achilles' heel of PES. Konami has done its best to make this an authentic experience, and in terms of graphics and gameplay it does a decent job. But the relative scarcity of licensed player and teams, and the outdated kits, dilutes the experience.
The best footy experience on iOS by a considerable margin, and a step-up from last year's offering.
A perfectly playable and enjoyable footy game with plenty of options, but it just doesn't have the style or substance of FIFA12.