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FIFA 21 Review


 

Developer: Electronic Arts

Publisher: Electronic Arts, EA Sports

Reviewed on: PS4 Pro

Also available on: Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch

Release: October 9th, 2020

Rating: G

Price: $67

 

FIFA 21 is a football simulation video game published by Electronic Arts as part of the FIFA series. It is the 28th installment in the FIFA series and was released 9 October 2020 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One consoles.

 

I need to make it clear that this review is for the PS4 version of the game, not the Nintendo Switch version, which by all accounts is a very different experience…..

Before I get into what I thought about FIFA 21, I want to make it clear that although I am a FIFA fan from way back, I haven't played a FIFA game properly since around FIFA 17. I want to make this clear upfront as I know that every year with FIFA, the argument is that it's so similar to its predecessor, this was not the case for me after a decent break from the franchise. Having said that, I did do a quick google search to see what features if any have been added since FIFA 20, and well, I was very pleasantly surprised. Here's a full list of new features in Career Mode alone, that I found:



Interactive Match Sim

A whole new way to play out your season. Jump in and out of gameplay during matches to control the outcome of the match, change the course of a game by controlling key moments like penalties and free kicks, and make changes directly from the sim as you monitor your players’ performance, levels, and the match statistics.

New Player Development System

Enjoy more control over your players’ growth in FIFA 21. New position training lets you turn marauding right-backs into right-wingers, goal-scoring midfielders into false 9s, and more, while new development plans let you focus your squad’s development in the areas you want to match your team’s style of play.

Match Sharpness and Active Training

Get more insight into your squad’s performance levels with match sharpness, a new attribute that indicates how likely your players are to perform in the most crucial moments for the duration of a game. Increase sharpness with a new Active Training System that gives you the ability to set up group training sessions to improve the likelihood of your strikers putting big chances away, or of defenders making the key tackles that make the difference between winning and losing.

Schedule Planning

Plan your team’s training schedule with a new activity management system. Decide when to train and when to rest during the week as you balance your players’ sharpness with morale and fitness to keep your team firing on all cylinders.

Overhauled AI

Plan your team’s training schedule with a new activity management system. Decide when to train and when to rest during the week as you balance your players’ sharpness with morale and fitness to keep your team firing on all cylinders.

New Transfer Options

Enhanced transfer realism provides both human and AI-controlled teams with new ways to sign players. Make Loan to Buy offers with future transfer fees to secure new talent for your team, and respond to AI manager-initiated player swap proposals as you look to bolster your squad each transfer window.

As you can see in one single game mode and one that I spent most of my time playing there are quite of changes/new features. Let's discuss some of those and I’ll tell you what I think.


Career Mode:

The biggest and best new feature for me was the Interactive Match Sim. The interactive Match Sim gives you much greater control over your team and its results without having to spend hours playing every single minute of every game. It turns FIFA into a football simulator, allowing you to simulate the match much as you would in games such as Football Manager, and then if your team goes down 1-0 you have the option to jump in. This is a well-crafted feature as when you press jump in the game will literally drop you into the game in the exact spot you were in the simulation, so pick your time right and you could well be through on goal with only the keeper to beat.