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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: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 3, 2021
    86
    FIFA 21 for Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S is definitely best and most beautiful version of this years FIFA-outing. It gives a glimpse on things, that can become a big thing in the next couple of years, but also fails to make changes on certain lackluster gameplay-features of the game.
  2. Dec 7, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 has gained some muscles with this version for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, although the play style is the same we already saw in PS4 and Xbox One. EA Sports has not taken all the profit from the new hardware, but it is great that you can upgrade for free if you have the version for the previous generation.
  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. 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.
  6. Dec 6, 2020
    70
    This next-gen edition of FIFA 21 does not have any big surprises in store for its status as a Smart Delivery title. We can of course be delighted with a much finer graphic aspect than its One / PS4 inclination and loading times now non-existent, but all the other “new features” are basically anecdotal. We are now crossing our fingers that FIFA 22 relies on this visual overhaul and disrupts its content for a real transitional episode.
  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 57
  2. Negative: 50 out of 57
  1. Dec 6, 2020
    10
    It is a sports game that applies haptic feedback and adaptive trigger, which are functions of DualSense, well :)
  2. Mar 7, 2021
    4
    I am only playing the ultimate team regularly so the review is based on that! The only reason this is getting a 4 and not a 0 is because ofI am only playing the ultimate team regularly so the review is based on that! The only reason this is getting a 4 and not a 0 is because of better graphics and well-made menu items and objectives (some people think they need improvement but good enough for me). I have been playing FIFA regularly. The gameplay for this FIFA is terrible the AI in defense and attack is terrible the players don't move and when they move the runs are actually terrible. Please learn more from the gameplay older FIFAs. FIFA 17 to be specific. The game is becoming more like mortal combat or street fighters where you press certain combos to get goals. This is not how football is. Football is about being creative in different scenarios not just doing combos. Defending is just a game of luck! Games end in 6-6 scores 12 goals in a single game! Many times the attacker would just go through the defender bot AI and controlled defenders. The ball lock favors attackers much more. I really don't mind losing games. I enjoy when opponents score creative goals and I learn from my mistakes but the game play is horrendous ! Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2021
    2
    TL;DR - looks nice, but very frustrating and far too much like hard work. Please just simplify and streamline things to make it easier to getTL;DR - looks nice, but very frustrating and far too much like hard work. Please just simplify and streamline things to make it easier to get into.

    My last FIFA was 17 and before that 14. So, I'm pretty casual. I was really hoping that FIFA 21 would be a great opportunity to get back into virtual football, alongside getting a PS5. I also wanted to show off the new hardware with a fancy new game.

    There are some things I like about it. For example, that there are some graphical enhancements. I don't expect huge leaps this early in the generation, so I'm happy there. The load times are close to nil; can't complain about that...! The DualSense function is nifty and that FUT isn't in-your-face all the time. I appreciate that. The menus aren't immediately intuitive, but you get the hang of them after a while - and they are very clean. The soundtrack is decent enough too.

    On the downside however is the important bit: the gameplay experience. Far too often, one is only a player selection mix-up or excessively laboured animation away from pure, unbridled frustration. It happens far too often and absolutely kills the vibe. Especially this year, as the defending has now also become far harder, this issue has become even more pronounced. I don't know if there is scripting, but after a few "miraculous" comebacks brought on late in games, I can understand why people would say there is. But there's no inbetween with the difficulty as a result of this. You're either thrashing teams, or in this quagmire of frustration.

    But I digress; so too have set-pieces become inaccessible. It's far too stressful and complicated trying to score a free kick or penalty. After a few games, I abandoned long corners altogether. The general direction chosen for this area of the game was the wrong one for someone like me.

    The result is a game that has needless barriers to empowerment and fun, which combined with the AI mix-ups, create a negative experience for the casual gamer like me. After approximately ten to fifteen hours I have uninstalled the game. Even Ride - the glitchy, stumbling motorcycle franchise at least has a spot on my PlayStation for when I want to go back...! But I won't be back for FIFA because I just do not have fun playing it.

    I miss the days of ISS on the Super Nintendo, which were simple, fun and challenging in all the right ways. You lost or scored a goal because of something you did, not because it remains impossible to work out how to tackle competently. Lots of goals went in, but it was fun. Now, it all feel so serious, complicated and laboured.

    I don't want to spend countless hours trying to master a free kick technique that I will hardly ever use and that won't be around if I buy another FIFA, I just want to have a bit of a challenge, but mostly fun with my fleeting free time after work...! Is that too much to ask for?
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  4. Dec 22, 2020
    0
    Its the same f*cking game, didnt even change a bit, just a little ilumination and graphics
  5. Mar 30, 2021
    0
    This game is aids and it's scripted don't waste money. This game is the worst game out there
  6. Dec 19, 2020
    0
    In 2020; It’s debatable whether FIFA 21 is worse or the pandemic
    The actual FIFA is the one to blame for giving exclusive to EA
  7. Apr 10, 2021
    0
    EA sports just keeps making this game worse on every single update, it’s so ffn trash i deleted the freakin game... it is insanely $hit to sayEA sports just keeps making this game worse on every single update, it’s so ffn trash i deleted the freakin game... it is insanely $hit to say the least, penalties left and right, midfield does not exist, defending is **** passing is the worst so far, gameplay is manipulated... Faaaaaack EA sports for not listening to players and pi$$ing on a game that at one point was the benchmark. Expand

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