The battle for soccer supremacy is back on, with PES 2016: Pro Evolution Soccer wowing critics earlier in the month. FIFA 16 will, of course, outpace Konami's classic in the sales department, but can it beat it in the reviews, too? The answer, it would appear, is not quite – but this is an AGUERRRO-esque to-the-wire race. We've included a handful of the better appraisals from around the web for you to peruse below.
Polygon - 9/10
Sports video gaming is at its best when you're fighting your ass off and the miracle comes through. And when it does, no game rolls out the TNT like FIFA 16.
GameSpot - 9/10
FIFA 16 can be stubborn and stifling, but it feels gloriously new, and having to learn fresh strategies and nuances in a game series like this is an almost-forgotten pleasure.
Game Informer - 8.8/10
FIFA 16 isn't going to blow you away with any single feature. Instead, it falls back on its strong gameplay to provide a fresh experience.
Digital Spy - 4/5
FIFA 16 is undoubtedly an impressive beast of a game that's stuffed with official leagues and licenses, game modes and other little touches that add flavour to the match day experience. EA's noble quest for authenticity certainly has its benefits, but there are times when the slower pace and more deliberate build-up play takes the shine off what is, after all, a video game representation of the beautiful game.
IGN - 7.8/10
The complete package is as substantial as ever, and those who've acclimatised to FIFA's play style in recent years will likely consider it good enough. But in the face of much stronger competition, 'good enough' might not actually be good enough. With its biggest rival matching its dynamism and beating it for fluidity and responsiveness, EA Sports has work to do if FIFA is to regain its title as king of the digital sport.
Which footy foray will you be plumping up for this year? Have the stronger PES 2016 reviews convinced you to switch sides, or are the licenses too much to lose? Take a shot in the comments section below.