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  • Summary: On the street and in the stadium, FIFA 21 has more ways to play than ever before. FIFA 21 rewards you for your creativity and control all over the pitch. Create more scoring opportunities with all-new dynamic attacking systems in the most intelligent FIFA gameplay to date. A new AgileOn the street and in the stadium, FIFA 21 has more ways to play than ever before. FIFA 21 rewards you for your creativity and control all over the pitch. Create more scoring opportunities with all-new dynamic attacking systems in the most intelligent FIFA gameplay to date. A new Agile Dribbling system gives you the means to unleash your creativity in 1-on-1 situations. Use fast footwork, more responsive close control, and new skill moves like the ball roll fake to explode past defenders. In FIFA 21, increased positional awareness elevates footballers’ in-game intelligence to put them in the right place at the right time. See world-class forwards hold their runs in line with the last defender, creative playmakers find space to play through balls, and midfielders shut off passing lanes as players better live up to their real-world understanding of space and time on the pitch. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 85
    Playing FIFA 21 on the next-gen consoles is an absolute dream. Quicker load times, an increase in visual fidelity and better A.I. make it the strongest FIFA entry in the series in some time.
  2. Dec 7, 2020
    80
    A visual upgrade on the old-gen FIFA 21 with no loading times.
  3. Dec 8, 2020
    80
    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.
  4. Dec 5, 2020
    75
    Since the update is free, and offers some improvements that do not go unnoticed, the Electronic Arts operation can be said to be satisfactory: in short, the new generation training begins to show, albeit timidly, its potential.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 8, 2021
    70
    While FIFA 21 is as good a showcase for the potential of the DualSense as we’ve seen so far, the underlying issues with this entry remain. [Issue#184, p.88]
  6. Dec 9, 2020
    70
    None of this changes how you play, though and is pretty much a superficial upgrade on the more powerful machines. That’s a bit of a disappointment, considering the revisions 2K made to NBA 2K21 in its new-generation version. Also, considering the lack of changes it’s annoying that there’s no cross-generational play; you’re able to carry your Volta and FUT progress over to PS5 and Series X/S, but if you have a group of friends you enjoy playing with and you all haven’t been able to get your hands on a new console yet there’s no way to join them without going back to the old version. Overall, FIFA 21 on the new generation isn’t the leap that many would have been hoping for and are left waiting until next to see what EA can achieve with the power of these consoles.
  7. Dec 8, 2020
    60
    If you own a next-gen console and are willing to play FIFA 21, you don't need to hesitate as it is a beautiful and vibrant version of the game... But really similar to the one available on PS4 and Xbox One, not very well balanced on the pitch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 38
  2. Negative: 31 out of 38
  1. Dec 6, 2020
    10
    It is a sports game that applies haptic feedback and adaptive trigger, which are functions of DualSense, well :)
  2. Dec 22, 2020
    5
    Graphics receive a decent bump for the PS5 and look verygood (where they are using the real player face).

    Presentation is as good as ever,
    Graphics receive a decent bump for the PS5 and look verygood (where they are using the real player face).

    Presentation is as good as ever, but it really slows the game down in career mode which is what I enjoy playing. It significantly takes away from the enjoyment of just playing game after game. You should be able to skip certain cut scenes far quicker as well as move from game to game quicker (i.e. give us an option to just simulate all training and don't ask/make you press a different button each time to do that)

    Injury time needs fixing - quite often +1 minute goes on for 5+ minutes.

    Overall, I enjoyed 20+ hours with the game, but have now uninstalled it and probably won't go back to FIFA for another couple of years.
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  3. Jan 7, 2021
    3
    Great features and gives you the feeling of a football match but the gameplay is truly awful and seems made by and for 10 year olds. Once youGreat features and gives you the feeling of a football match but the gameplay is truly awful and seems made by and for 10 year olds. Once you bypass the midfield the ai just stand and watch and once you see you can never unsee it which then makes this very unplayable. Broken mess well done EA Expand
  4. Dec 15, 2020
    0
    As a lifelong fan of FIFA, I've been pretty disappointed with EA's approach during the past few years. Unfortunately, they've changed a niceAs a lifelong fan of FIFA, I've been pretty disappointed with EA's approach during the past few years. Unfortunately, they've changed a nice soccer game into an arcade one which feels so unrealistic. In terms of gameplay, which is the most important part of a soccer sim video game, efootball PES is far superior and it would definitely be my first choice next year. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2021
    0
    The worst edition iv like to play in all fifa game, handicap in fut destroy game so hard
  6. Dec 6, 2020
    0
    Gotta give credit where it's due. This game is absolutely beautiful looking and the atmosphere on the stadium is breathtaking. The menus alsoGotta give credit where it's due. This game is absolutely beautiful looking and the atmosphere on the stadium is breathtaking. The menus also work extremely well. Sadly that's where the pros end.

    The gameplay is such a coin flip and upside down it's beyond ridiculous. I have absolutely no idea why the players have stats because they mean nothing. Pace is completely random. Sometimes your 60 pace player outpaces 90+ pace players, sometimes the other way around. Passing? The hardest passes to complete are the ones that look the easiest. You have the most obvious chance to give a through ball to your striker with your player who has outstanding passing stats - DO NOT TAKE IT. It's guaranteed to go just too long. Sometimes the passes are incredibly slow, sometimes fast, no matter how you power it. The pass that will most consistently reach your own player is an offside pass to a player you didn't aim it to.

    Sometimes your player with 90 agility turns quick, sometimes he doesn't. Sometimes your cb with 60 dribbling turns like neymar, sometimes he doesn't. The 'dramatic moments' (read: dda) is turned up to 200 and if you end up winning 2-0 in the first half you won't get to see the opponents goal in the second half. Suddenly you can't get out of your own half because your players do everything to not be available for a pass and when they are, the pass will just randomly be a poor one.

    Tackling? The best and most consistent tackles happen when performed with your strikers when you are losing and using team press. Actually no, the most consistent tackle is when your A.I. decides to put in a random tackle. When manually tackling with defenders, be ready to tackle the ball 5 times before the opponent is suddenly through on goal and just hope your gk will save it. If the angle to shoot is bad, just be ready to skip the celebrations because shots from bad angles are more consistent than when shooting from the middle. Interceptions? A coin flip. Position yourself correctly and sometimes you will get the interception and sometimes your player will move out of the way for whatever reason. Long shots? Don't even try, definitely do not try if you hold majority of the possession because your opponent will be through on goal from the weirdest bounce you have ever seen.

    And the team press... Jesus christ... :D Turn it on when you are losing, you will get a goal. Turn it on when you are winning, the opponent will get a goal. The game is so unresponsive that every action is a coin flip that depends on the stupid animation the game decides to play. The time window in which that action will take place varies so much that you end up having no idea what to do and when. It's such a frustrating experience gaming wise and the only thing that keeps you coming back is their brilliantly well executed and extremely addictive system of (mostly poor and untradeable) pack rewards.

    I am absolutely certain that every positive review of this game is either paid or written by an idiot.
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