I got a question: isn't it possible that when they really would make the gras leaf by leaf that it would look horrible in motion? Maybe then it would look unrealistic, because in real life when you watch a soccer game, you don't see every darn leaf either.
This might sound strange, but those are the first time football boots have looked beautiful in a game. Lovely!
As for FIFA graphics being better, only in some areas, they dont always get the likenesses right and thats what matters, not how polished the models are. Also the animation is never a patch on PES, FIFA players run like zombies or hunchbacks or something, and you always get that "skating" feeling.
Seriously only EA Canada try to depict long strands of grass. You can't play football on that kind of surface. The grass is cut really, really short, unless you're trying to depict African football where they need to have long grass because of the climate. So is it really interesting to show grass that we would never see in real life?
Never would've thought AF, of all things, would be an issue this gen. Here's to hoping some smart people develop a way around this hurdle as it's really hurting a lot, if not most 360 titles in the visuals dept.