Nintendo will be happy as the momentum for Animal Cross New Horizons is still going strong and no signs of letting up. Nintendo have dominated the boxed sales this week, though they have seen some decline in percentages per title. Obviously, do take into consideration that some of the Switch games that are in the top 10 have been on sale via the eShop. The figure combined with physical would be more and would be interesting to find out. Of course we have new games incoming soon as we have reached the halfway point in January already.
February and March are looking good months for Nintendo once again. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury Feb 12th, Persona 5 Strikers for Switch and PS4 in Feb and Bravely Default 2 in Feb, and lastly Monster Hunter Rise for Switch in March.
PlayStation do have new IP Returnal coming in March. Will that prove to be a hit? It looks rather interesting as it has the Alien vibe going for me personally.
Assassins Creed Valhalla swings it’s axe into the Christmas No. 1 spot. It’s the first time Assassins Creed has claimed no.1 at Christmas, and a first for Ubisoft too.
In no shock as to why Cyberpunk 2077 dropped to third this week. CD Projekt Red sees its new IP drop by 80% in sales this week. Animal Crossing New Horizons saw a 11% drop in sales, first time in a month. Yet only 9,000 units is the difference from ACNH to Assassins Creed Valhalla at No.1.
A few months back I reviewed FIFA 21 and giving it a solid 8/10. At the time it didn’t bring that much to the table that we haven’t already become accustomed too, though it was on last gen hardware.
Finally the Series X optimisation update has arrived and I jumped back in to see what has improved.
From the image above is the new EA Sports Cam. At first it took some time to get used too, but as the match progressed, so did I to adapt to the new camera. Of course you can change this, though my curiosity got the better of me to persevere with it. The game feels nice and fluid, yet still feels somewhat sluggish and slow. The visuals are smooth, lush and more crisp. New celebrations have been added for the players, bringing it ever closer to the real thing.
Not only celebrations, managers are now in the act too. Yup, Klopp goes running around like rabid dog, hugging his players and showing off his gnashers while fist-pumping to the crowd.
Since the update, EA have clearly made sure it’s closer to real life. Aubameyang’s price has dropped quite significantly on FUT, which means I am more than likely to get him to finish my squad!
Overall thoughts are that it’s better with the – if slight – new console upgrades. It’s still the same FIFA 21 if you played on PS4, Xbox One hardware. If you played straight away on Series X and PS5, you will probably come away with more of a wow factor.
Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War has claimed the No.1 spot in the UK charts for the week ending Nov 21st.
Spiderman: Miles Morales swings a Web and is the biggest PS5 launch game. New entry Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity for the Nintendo Switch lands 6th, which is a good feat seeing as this month has been busy for the videogame industry with the launch of next gen consoles.
Black Friday sales already have seen a increase for FIFA 21 and WatchDogs Legion respectively.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A welcome change to the formula of FUT is finally happening. Yes, fitness items is going to be no more for FIFA 21. Nothing has been mentioned about contracts for players you have brought from the transfer market place, packs you have purchased or via rewards.
Alongside fitness items, training items have also been given the boot.
“Fitness items have been a light management element in Ultimate Team since the very beginning,” EA said. “The decay of players’ fitness was put in the game originally to encourage rotation in the squad and to simulate some of the management decisions that football squads have to consider.”
“However, we’ve evaluated these mechanics and have decided that it wasn’t creating the desired effect in rotation and players were spending time doing a management action that was frequently required and, ultimately, not very fun.”
“So this year, while Fitness and Player Stamina will still be important factors inside of a match, dictating, for example, how much you can sprint and for how long, you will no longer have to manage that mechanic in the menus as well.”