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“Slightly Different”: FIFA 21 Review

Written by Gaming, Gaming Reviews

Ah, FIFA 21. Many people are quick to just assume “Oh great – they’re going to spruce up the graphics, transfer new players to new clubs and charge you about £60”. Well, they wouldn’t be wrong.

As FIFA over the last years has taught us, EA have been quick to grab as much cash from their loyal fan base as possible. In 2015 you had ‘price ranges’, which saw online coin sellers wiped out overnight. Since 2016, every FIFA has pretty much had the same DNA: play Ultimate Team for the first month, get tired of it as everyone else has better teams than you and then play Career Mode until the year flies by and you get to buy a new one.

However, I would argue that this FIFA is slightly different.

However, no matter how much they modify gameplay and try and make it exciting, it’s still basically the same as last year, which was the same as the year before that and also the year before that.

A few little gameplay modifications have made it feel a lot smoother, over the top through balls aren’t as overpowered (or at least I tried to make them overpowered last year) and you no longer have the option to abuse pace on Ultimate Team. Now you’re rewarded for dribbling, passing and even being a bit physical. They’ve made heading a bit more accurate as opposed to last year, and even the minor revival of the ‘pick up the ball after scoring a goal’ celebration, which they took out last year, was a welcome re-addition.

However, no matter how much they modify gameplay and try and make it exciting it’s still basically the same as last year, which was the same as the year before that and also the year before that. You’re only really paying for the new transfers, new gameplay mechanics and new special cards which Ultimate Team has to offer. And myself, as well as millions across the world, absolutely love it.

Getting to trade SBC for a POTM Dominic Calvert Lewin, scraping the coins at the bottom of the barrel to afford one more FUT Draft. That’s the kind of entertainment that FIFA players live for.

If you can survive with using stale players then keep your old FIFAs, but if you want to experience the fresh new future of football, this will be the game for you.

3.5/5

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Last modified: 29th October 2020

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