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  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
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  1. Oct 8, 2020
    90
    FIFA 21 may not contain any brand new modes or major new features, but by providing substantial changes to gameplay and introducing key improvements, it has easily positioned itself as the best FIFA yet. Combining challenging yet satisfying defending with ludicrous goal-scoring opportunities takes its on-the-pitch action to new levels, while additions to its Career, Ultimate Team, and Pro Clubs modes make this an essential purchase for football fans.
  2. Oct 6, 2020
    85
    FIFA 21 improves many aspects both in and out of the pitch, offering a solid game like every year, even if it’s obvious that the big changes are being saved for the next generation.
  3. Oct 6, 2020
    84
    FIFA 21 delivers solid and fun gameplay, introducing a lot of small new features in the structure build in the last two years. Even if FUT is always bigger and louder, the best things this year come from Career mode and plain multiplayer mode, where everything flows with a slower and human tempo.
  4. Oct 6, 2020
    83
    FIFA 21 delivers most of what I’m looking for in a world football title, which tends to be the story every year. It features solid-to-strong gameplay, attractive visuals, and a good variety of options. However, flawed execution in VOLTA, a lack of customization and no traditional franchise mode for EPL or La Liga keeps it from being a classic.
  5. Oct 5, 2020
    83
    FIFA 21 is a complete package that will keep football fans hooked for the entire season. Although there are only a few small improvements, the tactical possibilities that these unlock are vast. With Dual Entitlement, meaning you can transfer your progress to next-gen consoles and the fact that it's packed to the goalposts with content, FIFA 21 comfortably takes the golden boot for 2021.
  6. Oct 6, 2020
    82
    FIFA 21 returns to a more arcady gameplay, going all in for speed and instant fun, and leaving behind last year's (if slight) search for a simulative pace. Though, it's the most refined and complete game in the series when it comes to modes and functionalities, something PES has been struggling to replicate for years.
  7. Nov 12, 2020
    80
    Scoring by delivering a through pass to a sprinting player is a great feeling, but with too many options for the attacking player, it can become difficult to defend against so many different attack patterns. This results in too many goals for a realistic soccer game.
  8. Oct 22, 2020
    80
    Even if the differences between FIFA 20 and FIFA 21 aren't that substantial, FIFA 21 is exactly what it needs to be: That fun football game that you fire up after a long day at work, crack open a beer and play with your buddies at home. And it does that triumphantly.
  9. Oct 8, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 is not FIFA 20: Part 2. It isn't a complete reboot of the franchise either, and nor does it need to be. EA has also done more than "just enough" to set itself apart from last year's game. This is something developers of games that release annually can be guilty of. It feels different, and for anyone who doesn't agree with that, Volta feels like a whole new game within the main game for a completely fresh experience this year. Yes, it might be a stepping stone, but it's just the stepping stone FIFA needs to bridge the gap between this generation and the next.
  10. Oct 8, 2020
    80
    Years go by and look the same, but this year it really feels like EA Sports has taken into account the community's feedback for its new opus. Right now FIFA 21 is a very good game, but the big question is, "Will it stay so as the season progresses?" Only time will tell, just hoping that the updates don't alter the current gameplay of FIFA 21 too much, which is pretty good. The new features in the different game modes are a real plus and maybe that's what we as football fans expected. FIFA 21 is a good game, with very interesting content. EA Sports now has all the cards in hand to keep it that way throughout the season.
  11. Oct 8, 2020
    80
    Whatever your pleasure, Fifa 21 is off to a strong start. If you’ve played Fifa in the last few years, you’ll have no trouble picking it up and scoring for fun, and if you want to dig deeper, there’s a ton of new stuff to learn and the endless siren call of regular Ultimate Team events to keep you coming back, even in the absence of any massive new features. Football has been hard to enjoy in 2020, but Fifa 21 certainly makes it easier.
  12. 80
    FIFA 21 follows the formula of its predecessors, with a few changes within a widely consolidated game structure. It’s fun, but it’s not a huge step forward from the past years.
  13. Oct 7, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 is an exercise of refinement, not evolution. The newest installment highlights the downsides of annualization, but also highlights that EA is listening to fans. FIFA 21 doesn’t make a million changes and improvements from FIFA 20, but the changes and improvements it does make go a long way in enhancing the experience.
  14. Oct 7, 2020
    80
    On the pitch, FIFA 21 is an incremental improvement over FIFA 20, but doesn't address some of the biggest issues with defending and the high-scoring matches this leads to. With Volta still missing a certain spark and Ultimate Team not really changing much, it's the Football Manager-inspired Career mode that takes the biggest step forward. It's still a good football game, but it feels like the real focus is on next-gen.
  15. Oct 6, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 is a good, but simple enhancement. Everything is at its right place: FUT, Volta and the other game modes are as they should be, with small adjustments. The career mode has gotten the most attention, and it shows.
  16. Oct 6, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 is an often great football game packed with content and modes. The few gameplay tweaks that are here make for a better overall experience and keeping Volta around adds some variety. Sadly, the redesign of career mode focuses on the wrong features and feels like a wannabe Football Manager without any of the depth.
  17. Oct 6, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 improves gameplay with much needed enhancements, but at this point we can't wait to have FIFA on next gen systems for hopefully better physics and animations. Anyway, the package is full of content, and FIFA 21 is the essential Football game for lovers of the sport.
  18. Oct 6, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 brings an enjoyable list of new features across all its game modes, but if you were hoping for something really new in the gameplay you will probably need to wait for the nextgen.
  19. Oct 6, 2020
    80
    Career mode is still a mixed bag, then, but it's reassuring that EA has made some additional moves to try and freshen it up. If you do grow tired of simming through training sessions and managing sharpness, FIFA 21 is still chock full of other stuff to do, whether you want to head to the streets of Paris to show off your skills, hop into Ultimate Team with a friend, or play through a season on Pro Clubs. This is a substantial package that's propped up by exciting gameplay that puts the onus squarely on attacking football. There are moments of frustration on defense when the balance doesn't feel quite right, but then you'll go down the other end and score a Puskás Award contender that makes you forget why you were mad in the first place.
  20. Oct 6, 2020
    78
    FIFA 21 is a very continuist game, and we will have to check what EA Sports can achieve in the next-generation hardware. This entry adds a few little changes to the excellent formula we have seen in the last few years, but it is more of the same. Just as Real Madrid’s roster this season.
  21. Oct 6, 2020
    78
    The graphics and gameplay of FIFA 21 deliver fun and functional football, but its ambitions don’t extend far beyond that. Over time, the grinding leads to burnout and boredom, and the gear and rewards you’re working so hard to obtain are rarely satisfying enough to make the chase worthwhile. Nailing the fundamentals is important, but it takes more than that to be a real winner.
  22. Oct 19, 2020
    76
    FIFA 21 offers a wealth of content and authenticity, and the new gameplay tweaks make a positive difference. However, this year's game is uncharacteristically bogged down by AI issues and technical hiccups.
  23. Oct 6, 2020
    76
    FIFA 21 maintains the same base as last year, and some of the new mechanics doesn't improve what we saw. So, we're with a game that's a little more arcade and needs a full renewal.
  24. Oct 16, 2020
    75
    Apart from lacking in innovation, FIFA 21 still is a football game that could keep you be engaged for hundreds of hours just like its predecessors do.
  25. Oct 12, 2020
    75
    With only a few new features in the playability side FIFA 21 will be remembered as one of the most disappointing games in the golden era of the franchise. Still being a solid product with lots of hours of game and tons of pure football, but it has no regrets with the player base who buys the game every season.
  26. Oct 9, 2020
    75
    FIFA 21 feels more like a pre-season game for what is to come in the next-gen version. While it has some considerable improvements in terms of career mode, some changes to the Ultimate Team interface, and a gameplay experience somewhat superior to last year, the rest remains the same.
  27. Oct 11, 2020
    74
    Decent football/soccer game with more strengths than weaknesses, a great presentation and a bucketload of licences. Having said that, it still feels more like an update, while Volta still lacks some punch.
  28. Oct 6, 2020
    74
    Through small tweaks and refinements, FIFA 21 plays as well as it has done in recent memory, but lacks the relatively big features that are usually used to justify a new version of an annually released game. Attacking is fun and fluid, defending is a real challenge and an art to master, but goalkeeping leaves a lot to be desired and the AI is inconsistent in several ways. Career Mode has received small enjoyable additions but has not seen the overhaul I’m still wishing for and feels like an opportunity missed, while Volta still struggles to prove its relevance. All in all, FIFA 21 is a year of small improvements with much to enjoy, but little to shout about.
  29. Oct 6, 2020
    73
    We hope that the next gen will bring a breath of fresh air to a series that needs to overcome some historical flaws. The air in the locker room starts to get heavy.
  30. CD-Action
    Dec 18, 2020
    70
    The FIFA series desperately needs a fresh start. Right now, it relies mainly on the Ultimate Team mode and marketing, while going around in circles. Instead of leaping into the future, FIFA 21 takes half a step forward and two steps sideways in an attempt to differentiate itself from its predecessor well enough to rationalize spending money. If you already own FIFA 20 and are not addicted to Ultimate Team, you can sit this one out. [12/2020, p.44]
  31. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2020
    70
    A consummate package of shooting, slide tackling and swearing, but with some familiar current-gen frustrations. The saving grace could be FIFA 21’s free PS5 upgrade. [Issue#182, p.137]
  32. Nov 13, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 is still a great game that can offer hours upon hours of fun. On the other hand it seems that there is no real innovation in anything the franchise does any more.
  33. Oct 31, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 is solid and still immensely playable, but very stale, and rather unnecessary.
  34. Oct 29, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 provides enough new content and changes to set itself apart from FIFA 20 but ultimately this feels like an entry that plays it safe. This is totally understandable; the new console generation is just around the corner and will allow EA to take this series to the next level. Truly, it needs exactly that - the graphics and presentation are in dire need of an overhaul. Nevertheless, the bolstered Career Mode and gameplay balances contribute to this being a decent swan song for the current generation of football simulators.
  35. Oct 23, 2020
    70
    FIFA is still a fun game to play and at times can still be addictive as anything. You just can’t help but wish for those two or three major signings that would take it to the next level.
  36. Oct 20, 2020
    70
    In the end, as a football fan, I can't find a better expression that synthesizes FIFA 21 than the shout for a goal that was disallowed by the referee.
  37. Oct 19, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 is still a solid football game, but it feels far too similar to last year's entry. With minor improvements to the gameplay, modes, and the visuals, it's about time the series had an overhaul.
  38. 70
    It’s hard to shake the sinking feeling that FIFA 21 has almost been frozen in stasis since last season. While there are the expected seasonal enhancements, nothing stands on its own to make this a “must buy” installment. If you picked up the game in 2019, you’d probably be forgiven for taking a pass this time around. Hopefully they have more innovation in store for next year, because it definitely feels like EA is trying to run out the clock on this generation.
  39. Oct 13, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 has thrown a lot of adjustments under the hood to help give players more tools than ever before. A lot of the casual players, however, may not take advantage of this. Something needs to be updated to the shooting model and not just the 1-on-1 matchups. The feeling of a soccer match is still fantastic, but it seems EA has put this in the back seat in favor of VOLTA. Even though the Career Mode offers a good bit of options and control, the focus still feels like it is on VOLTA and FUT in terms of game modes even though neither mode changed much. FIFA 21 is a great soccer experience for those who don’t play these types of games often, but the limited mode selection and the overall feel of the game will leave a lot to be desired for yearly fans.
  40. Oct 13, 2020
    70
    On the pitch, FIFA 21 remains the best it's ever been, but it's arguably not changed enough for longtime fans in almost any other way.
  41. Oct 13, 2020
    70
    Stop us if you've heard this one before: FIFA 21 isn't a huge upgrade on FIFA 20, but a boatload of small improvements do help it rise above its predecessor. The on-pitch action arguably feels more arcadey than it has done in years, but there's no denying the excitement that comes with playing through a 5-4 thriller. FIFA is still king in delivering a robust and accessible footballing package, but the series needs to step up its game on PS5 — particularly when it comes to presentation.
  42. Oct 13, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 is a game with few interesting new features but they're not so extensive as to require a year of development. This should be a simple content patch. Still, the game itself is very good and satisfying, capable of elevating a house party and thrilling core fans.
  43. Oct 10, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 does little oo nothing in terms of innovation, and some of the previous elements in the game even feel like a step behind.
  44. Oct 10, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 closes out a mixed generation with some key gameplay improvements, making for the fastest, most enjoyable experience in FIFA 15. Its modes are more mixed, with career mode being a particular sore point. Ultimately, FIFA 21 may not be the comprehensive update everyone wants, but it's enough to generate some positive momentum heading into the new console generation.
  45. Oct 7, 2020
    70
    For the current generation, FIFA 21 is certainly a good title, although the potential was so much greater. Fortunately, Career Mode fans will be served at their beck and call this year, which was necessary after years of disappointment. The development of youth players has also improved a lot this year, although it is regrettable to see that elements such as the speed of players are still too big a factor for the core gameplay.
  46. Oct 6, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 feels a lot like a transition game that was hastily put together to leave time for the PS5 and XSX future. It corrects a few hiccups from the previous game, but overall it's not enough to lure anybody in but the most hardcore fans of FUT.
  47. 70
    Probably the most innovative FIFA in years, that leaves the door open for further improvement in the next gen – even if the grim shadow of Ultimate Team is never likely to leave.
  48. Oct 6, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 marks another update to the formula without major innovations. But it's still a fun game.
  49. Oct 6, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 is certainly a better game than last year's entry, with more fun general play and specialisations between game modes that are long overdue. However, between the franchise's never-ending controversies and the same old face models outside of the big teams, it does feel an awful lot like its predecessors. Hopefully the next gaming generation will see a more bold progression.
  50. Oct 6, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 is about what you’d expect from a new FIFA release. Some quality of life improvements over the previous title though nothing that really signifies a leap in class from past games. That being said, the quality in the FIFA series is fairly high, giving EA Sports a nice cushion to fall back on every year. FUT maintains the same inherent issues as it did last year, despite some shiny new features. FIFA 21 is another serviceable, yet standard entry in EA Sports’ soccer/football simulation series.
  51. Oct 12, 2020
    65
    FIFA 21 offers a couple of improvements, though they're all fairly subtle and/or unremarkable. When you come right down to it, it's basically FIFA 20 all over again, with an even bigger focus on microtransactions. This franchise is in desperate need of some steam, cause it's about to run out with a vengeance.
  52. Oct 6, 2020
    65
    Without losing all of its qualities, FIFA is once again struggling to correct its gameplay flaws and will have to wait at least for a substantial update, or more likely a new opus to hope to convince us on this point.
  53. Oct 6, 2020
    65
    FIFA 21 feels like a game with a ton of potential that’s being held back by its engine. Konami decided to take the year off and switch to Unreal. I can’t help but feel like EA really needs to do the same. For all the bells and whistles the team adds every year, the on-field product leaves so much to be desired.
  54. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 4, 2021
    60
    Game for fans who either need to work online at FUT every day, or instead want to try a modified career mode, which is starting to really look like Football Manager. Otherwise, it's a decent update for the full price. [Issue#307]
  55. Oct 19, 2020
    60
    FIFA 21 is a mash up of incremental steps forward, baffling design choices, and seemingly ignored issues. It simply doesn’t do enough to make the overall experience significantly more enjoyable than it was last year.
  56. Oct 11, 2020
    60
    More expensive with fewer changes, FIFA 21 is a sad entry for the franchise. Unless the PS5 version you’re getting with this one does not improve the formula by a lot, there is little to no reason for you to get this edition of FIFA. Especially if you already own FIFA 20.
  57. Oct 6, 2020
    60
    The moment-to-moment action may be better than last year's game, but this is nothing more than a glorified roster update. Only Career Mode fans have reason to celebrate.
  58. Oct 6, 2020
    60
    The off-field adjustments in FIFA Ultimate Team and the career mode are the main bright spots.
  59. Oct 6, 2020
    60
    For now, though, FIFA 21 plays a very good game and it's clear the devs have been paying attention to criticism. Headers appear to be effective once more and off the ball movement has seemingly been rebuilt from the ground up, with two new mechanics attempting to address the deficiencies of team-mate AI. The first lets you manually direct runs with a flick of the right stick. The other allows you to take direct control of a runner by pressing in both sticks at once and then timing the return pass as normal. It’s tricky to master and feels a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time but does introduce a welcome set of skill-dependent attacking options.
  60. Oct 6, 2020
    60
    FIFA 21 is not bad but it does not innovate at all the recipe initiated by FIFA 20. Very focused on the attack, the defense suffers from a significant imbalance, leaving the open door to matches filled with goals. It is a transitional opus, leaving known bases so as not to upset the players and thus draw great novelties for FIFA 22.
  61. Oct 23, 2020
    50
    FIFA 21 is in all aspects similar to the previous instalment and what it changes, it changes for the worse. The matches are a farce full of unstoppable tricks and unbelievably fast wingers, which applies for the career mode as well. The changes to the career mode itself don’t make sense. The only saving grace is the simple fact that this is still an extremely beautiful game.
  62. Oct 20, 2020
    50
    There’s so much work to be done to make FIFA a viable contender again as a genuinely great sports game. The sad part is, I don’t think EA Sports really care anymore.
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  1. Oct 6, 2020
    It all comes down to the online gameplay which for many is the be all of FIFA, but for now FIFA 21 over-delivers on its promises of making an overall better footballing experience. Its beautiful presentation coupled with gameplay improvements and the constant stream of content makes FIFA 21 a great experience. [Review in Progress Score = 85]
  2. Oct 6, 2020
    Fun football with plenty of goals, but the grubby business of selling loot boxes lets the side down.
User Score
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  1. Oct 9, 2020
    0
    Same game as Fifa 20 with little changes. They fix one issue and create two new, developers are finding an easy way to release the game,Same game as Fifa 20 with little changes. They fix one issue and create two new, developers are finding an easy way to release the game, changing a few attributes and making cosmetic changes. Stop milking us EA and try to focus on what the community is saying. We need a game where attackers are running, goalkeepers can make a save and defenders can make a tackle. There is a game called football, you should check it out! Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2020
    0
    Its actually a copy and paste of FIFA 20, except with squad updates! I am so disappointed I purchased it and should have just stuck with 20.Its actually a copy and paste of FIFA 20, except with squad updates! I am so disappointed I purchased it and should have just stuck with 20. There is also a team license issue where they have less teams than they used to. I think after this I will go back to buying PES again.
    DO NOT BUY!
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  3. Oct 7, 2020
    0
    Same game as FIFA 20, and when i say same game, i mean the same **** garbage. Almost no changes at all, despite some tiny additions, whatSame game as FIFA 20, and when i say same game, i mean the same **** garbage. Almost no changes at all, despite some tiny additions, what makes me wonder, how can a company sell this game at 70$? The gameplay changes they made this year they make it for free as updates every year, so why charge for that? By the way, it is still horrible, so bad that you feel pain when playing it, especially the goalkeepers. The Career mode had some "improvements", but you only care about it in the first minutes you play of so useless they are, i swear to you that modders create better stuff for free. Ultimate Team remains to be the same toxic and mercenary **** and EA continues to suck the players up with those damn microtransactions, even raising the price of the fifa points. Last year they added Volta football, and it was so bad that i couldn't play more than 2 games, but don't worry, this year is even worse. Pro Clubs, Player Career Mode, Online Seasons, all the exactly same thing not only as FIFA 20, but as FIFA 17, 16, 15. Make yourself a favor and don't buy this **** is almost worse then Madden 21, that's not and won't ever be a football simulation, don't waste your money on this horrible company that only cares about robbing you and not giving you a good game. Full Review »