Players who want to get the new Pro Evolution Soccer game – PES 2015 – for PS Vita as with previous games in the series were disappointed hearing that Konami’s football franchise stopped at the PSP in terms of Sony’s handheld format.
As a Sony fan, if you want to play the new PES generation, you’ll need to play on PlayStation 4 or PS3 or rely on Remote Play to access the game on the PS Vita. PES 2015, released on 13 November, features Mario Gotze as its cover player. The Bayern Munich wunderkind who scored the FIFA World Cup winning goal for Germany squares up against Barcelona’s star player Lionel Messi, who provides the cover face for FIFA 15.
In the real world of football, both Bayern Munich and Barcelona are tipped as favourites in football betting to win the Champions League this year, along with Real Madrid. Sites such as bet365 currently have Bayern and Real priced at around 3/1 and Real Madrid at 5/1.
Most football fans who want to play their own versions of top tier football will choose between Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA games. And at least FIFA 15, released in September this year, is definitely available to play on the PS Vita.
However, it’s not quite as good as it was for many Vita players with previous versions. This is because FIFA 15 doesn’t have the online multiplayer element as other generations did. For a game that is always more fun when you’re playing other people, it seems crazy that it’s not possible to do this anymore.
Of course, there are different modes that you can play FIFA 15 in. FIFA 15 comes with three kick off modes in which you can choose any of the 500 officially licenced clubs to play with including big name clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris St-Germain. There are also two Be A Pro modes where you can select to be any particular player or goalie. It’s also possible to create your own tournament and indeed lay establish your own rules, using any of 50 real world tournaments. You also get a wide choice of stadiums, including 20 of the Barclays Premier League stadiums. Another choice is to play in career mode, where you can play as a player, manager or player manager.
As a game, it scores well – you really do feel like you’re playing football! You can use the front touch for passing and the rear touch for shooting, but these features can be turned off is you choose to do so. But if you’re looking for something different from previous versions of FIFA – FIFA FOOTBALL, FIFA 13 and FIFA 14 – you’re not really going to find it in FIFA 15. Basically, all the versions are pretty similar. And all the previous versions mentioned above feature online multiplayer and don’t cost as much to buy.
A beginner to the world of football video games wouldn’t be disappointed with the PS Vita version of FIFA 15, but for anyone who’s already experienced the previous generations of FIFA or who plays FIFA 15 on another system, they’re likely to feel a little short-changed by the PS Vita version.
Beyond the FIFA series, for those of you still in need of a football fix on the go what choice do you have? For something a little quirkly there is Sony’s own Passing Time for PlayStation Mobile featuring high speed gameplay reminiscent of Sensible Soccer.
Looking to the older releases, from the PS One Classics we have Junior League Soccer from XS Games and on the PSP front is Super Sidekicks from SNK Playmore (although this is a NEOGEO title running under emulation so doesn’t use the full power of the PSP, let alone the PS Vita) so the choice is limited for contemporary games.
Those who prefer the management side of games are better catered for with games in the Minis, PSP and Vita range with the best of these being Football Manager Classic 2014 from Sega which uniquely offers compatibility with the PC version of the game but one of the real highlights and is also one of the strangest football titles to hit the Vita is the Super League Football table for Zen Pinball 2. Despite being a pinball game, this manages to recreate the feel and atmosphere of football fantastically and is not only a superb pinball table in its own right, but a must-buy game for soccer fans as well.