FIFA 15: Is PES 2015 a worthy challenger this year?

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FIFA may be public enemy number one for many in football at the moment, at least in England, but it's still the market leader when it comes to hyper realistic football video games.

PES, its Konami rival, is the once dominant, now deposed, challenger to the EA Sports monopoly. But there's whisperings on social media that the pretender may be staging a comeback.

Released yesterday to rave reviews, Pro Evolution Soccer has 'brought the beautiful game back' and been described as an 'equal to FIFA on the pitch, if not off it.'

That's the thing. FIFA has always been the flashier, more polished football game - even back in the day when PES dominated. It had the kit licenses, it could use real player and club names. No Manchester Red or Merseyside Blue.

But PES was for the video game purists, a more accurate reflection of football in comparison to FIFA's arcade, super-fast style of end to end action. PES was Barcelona to FIFA's Real Madrid when the Catalans dominated Spanish football in the mid-to-late noughties.

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But then the rot set in, PES tried to compete with FIFA off-the-field and failed, and its on-pitch product suffered too.

But it might now be back.

If you're still weighing up which game you'll be plugging for this Christmas, then check out the PES 2015 trailer below. They've roped in World Cup winning Mario Gotze to front it and the Germany international comes out with the usual guff.

Mario Gotze

"After all the sound and fury, only one place matters,' Gotze opens the trailer.

"Every passage of play, every match, every touch, is unique. For us there is no other sport. This is where we come to worship, to live.

"You can keep the easy goal, we are striving for the perfect one... We are the new era, the next generation, and we will do our job where it counts."

Anyway thanks Mario, we want to know what you think - will you be getting FIFA or PES? And, more interestingly, are you swapping one for the other this year? Any die-hard FIFA-heads swapping to the dark side?

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