FIFA is back, I've only played a few matches so far & it already feels like a really fluid game, having seemlingy ironed out many of the little flaws that hampered 15 & 16. It's also nice to see some new controls being added in, including the corner kick mechanic which offers more flexibility and directed chances being created. I get a sense that the game by and large went through an overhaul and many of the existing mechanics have been fine tuned, making this a really playable Fifa game & overall refreshing.
While Fifa remains the dominant football sim, Konami/PES have made further improvements in gameplay & worked on A.I mechanics, increased game modes/competitions, have some really nice player faces & more detailed & realistic stadium/match intros.
They are however still lagging behind in online play and lighting, but these aren't game-breakers either. What's their slogan, "the pitch is ours"? This statement does have some vailidity this year, although fifa 17 is still the better packaged deal & outplays PES overall.