FIFA 21 Review

  • Genre: Sports, Football
  • Platforms: Xbox One, Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Developer | Publisher: EA, EA Sports
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3| ESRB E for everyone
  • Price: UK £59.99| US $59.99
  • Initial Release Date: October 6th (Ultimate & Champions Edition) 9th of October Standard edition.

FIFA 21 was purchased by myself. This review is a full comprehensive review on the Xbox One. This review will be updated when the Xbox Series X launches.

Gameplay

FIFA 21 is FIFA 20. When I first put the game into the Xbox and playing the traditional opener between two European juggernauts of football. I thought, ok, let’s see what this game has in its locker before the Series X/S and PS5 launches next month. From kick off, it was screaming FIFA 20 straight away, yet felt good…. A new game then that’s been reskinned for the season ahead.

The major difference in terms of gameplay you would see more in FUT. No fitness items or training cards are in the game. A welcomed addition and all you have to worry about is contracts and injury cards to use. Squad battles is a brilliant mode in FUT where players such as myself can test myself against the AI, build my team before heading into division rivals to claim all bragging rights.

Career mode has also had a substantial update, which has been neglected quite a bit since FUT has gained the foothold of the most played mode. Interactive match sim is for those that want to control everything from a managers perspective. It isn’t quite Football Manager, though it provides more a overall control over your team. A new overhauled player development giving players more precise control, by selecting which areas you want them to improve suiting your playing style/tactics.

Player conversion positions is a new feature which is very good. Being able to learn players into new positions can benefit you in the long run. Changing CAM to a winger or into a ST. CB into a CDM or cover the wings, its a great addition which will change the way you will use the transfer market when looking to buy players.

Graphics, Sound, and Performance

Player likeness is always a strong point for FIFA. In comparison to PES, PES edges it in terms of player models in my opinion. All teams getting their new kits and players getting their own likeness into the game such as Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal for example.

The sound i.e the music has always been good on FIFA games in general. Probably hasn’t been awesome since the days of FIFA 97 to 99 with songs such as Blur Song 2 and Fatboy Slim.

Performance wise I haven’t experienced anything too bad as of yet. The usual FIFA Logic being bellowed at the game hasn’t happened yet. In modes such as online and pro clubs is where that swear word will be used quite often. Against the AI on career mode or squad battles hasn’t been bad at all, so top notch thus far.

Difficulty

If you fancy a challenge then I recommend playing at World Class and upwards. Professional setting is a good benchmark to improve defending before increasing or players online. Obviously going against players online is a different kettle of fish than the AI. The uncertainty on what the opponent will be like can in turn change how you tackle that individual match/game. I wouldn’t bother playing on semi pro or below as you will end up turning off because it’s boring, rather simple really.

Conclusion

If you are expecting a new fresh experience then you will probably feel quite disappointed. FIFA 21 will be brought more under the spotlight when the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 launches to see where the envelope can be pushed which in turn makes the release of FIFA 22 even more exciting. FIFA 21 continues what the FIFA games have always provided. Plenty of football to sink many hours into with your mates, on your own and drink beer. Updated player transfers, new menu layouts, updates to career mode and FUT there is plenty that FIFA 21 is new. I wouldn’t wait till the new consoles launches. Get it now and start building your team on FUT or become the Sir Alex, Arsene Wenger of career mode.

Verdict
When we signed Thomas Partey on deadline day. I went ham on the Arsenal website and got both home and away kits including my daughters first Arsenal kit, I rather support my club! FIFA 21 is exactly the same. The excitement of playing a new football game is brilliant and gets you pumped for the season ahead.

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