Pro Evolution Soccer might be the critics' favourite but it's FIFA that routinely shifts the larger inventory. That could all be about to change, though.
Once upon a time choosing between the two was a relatively simple matter of preference for recognisable faces and a globally-recognised licence versus what's widely regarded as a provenly superior football videogaming experience. However the differential gap between the two has narrowed significantly in recent years and it's going to be slimmer still, now that Konami has announced a raft of extra licensed teams for the 2008 edition.
We doubt that PES will ever really be able to hold a candle to FIFA for licensed teams, but Konami are certainly giving it a go. Newly-licensed national teams for '08 now include Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Scotland and the important one - Brazil. Meanwhile Newcastle, Tottenham, RSC Anderlecht, HJK Helsinki, IFK Goteborg, Panathinaicos, Spartak Moscow, Fenerbache, NK Dinamo Zagreb and FC Basel join Turin, AC Milan, Celtic, Porto and co in the roster of world famous club sides.
All told PES 2008 boasts more than 250 teams and 3000 licensed players. Not bad. Konami is also keen to highlight PES 2008's enhanced AI system known as 'Teamvision' which, among other things, prevents lowly types from using the same lame-o tactic repeatedly.
Guess we'll see how much that resonates with the market when both games launch in October. So now it's new faces and enhanced AI versus big brand familiarity and - erk! - five-on-five gameplay. Tough choice!