Gallery: iPhone soccer games

The start of the domestic soccer seasons in Europe has spawned three new versions of the iPhone’s premier association football games, namely: FIFA 11, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 and Real Soccer 2011. All of the new versions are a marked improvement on last season’s offerings, and all offer a decent mobile simulation of the real thing.

I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to soccer games, and have spent the best years of my life locked in my bedroom playing everything from Super Kick Off to Actua Soccer. However, I’m having real difficulty deciding which of these three iOS games I prefer. All of them are fun to play, all of them look pretty good, but all have their own unique flaws.

In terms of the visuals, here’s an idea of how FIFA, PES and Real Soccer square up. Again, I’d say it’s hard to pick an overall winner in the aesthetic stakes. Personally, I love the menus in Pro Evo, but I think the player likenesses are more realistic in FIFA, and the in-game graphics are smoother in Real Soccer. I’d be very interested to hear which you prefer.

Game menus

fifamenu.jpg

FIFA 11

Pro Evo menus

PES 2011

Real Soccer Menus

Real Soccer 2011

Tactics screens

FIFA 11 tactics

FIFA 11

PES tactics

PES 2011

Real Soccer tactics

Real Soccer 2011

Gameplay

FIFA gameplay

FIFA 11

PES gameplay

PES 2011

Real Soccer gameplay

Real Soccer 2011

Player likenesses

FIFA likenesses

FIFA 11

PES likenesses

PES 2011

Real Soccer player likeness

Real Soccer 2011

Replays

FIFA replays

FIFA 11

PES replays

PES 2011

Real Soccer replay

Real Soccer 2011

Set pieces

FIFA set pieces

FIFA 11

PES set pieces

PES 2011

Real Soccer set piece

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