The battle for console football supremacy rages on this month, as Pro Evo and FIFA go head-to-head once again. Here’s a nostalgic look at some of the games’ highlights (and lowlights) from the past 20 years…

PRO EVO


THE ORANGES

Pro-Evolution Soccer 2 (2002) didn’t have name rights for any Dutch player, so they called every player “Orange”. Seriously.

EXTRA GOALS
If you pressed pause as the ball crossed the line and went to a replay in PES 4 (2004), you’d get an extra goal for each replay.

UPTON LAKE
Japanese developer Konami had curious geographical knowledge. PES 2 had Aston Villa as “Dublin” and West Ham as “Lake District”.

MENTAL NAMES
Throughout the series, licensing issues saw child-like misspellings of names, such as Brazil’s “Roberto Larcos” in the first PES (2001).
 

 

FIFA


DITCHING THE REF
In the first FIFA (1993), you could run away from the ref when he tried to card you. A tactic we hope to see in the Premier League.

DELIBERATE FOULING
There was an option in FIFA 2001 to ruin opponents with a deliberate foul trigger, or the “Paul Scholes Button” as it was better known.

INDOOR FOOTBALL
FIFA 97 introduced an amazing but short-lived indoor six-a-side mode. Hammering the ball against the wall was weirdly satisfying.

FIFA KARMA SUTRA

FIFA glitches are legendary, particular in FIFA 12, where bugs meant goal celebrations often looked akin to giant sex orgies.

Words by Simon Ward. Follow his Twitter brilliance here.


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