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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: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 21, 2020
    94
    Chances are that you’ll already know what you’re getting into with FIFA 21; while it may be broadly similar to last years effort in its game feel, with a few good tweaks and subtle changes, that’s kind of to be expected with an annualised sports franchise. The improvements that have been made across some of the modes are welcome, and offer up new ways to enjoy the series. It’s also rather lovely to look at, and should be a fine showcase for the upcoming Series X|S come launch day!
  2. Oct 6, 2020
    90
    FIFA 21 says goodbye to Xbox One with the best game (in playable terms) of the saga. The amount of game modes overwhelms and it will reach different types of public.
  3. Oct 6, 2020
    89
    FIFA 21 keeps evolving the franchise's formula, with meaningful improvements in the Career mode and in FUT and VOLTA modes multiplayer, and refined gameplay. It needs a presentation and technical refresh, though, which we hope will come with the next-gen edition of the game.
  4. Oct 12, 2020
    80
    FIFA 21 is very much an incremental upgrade to last year's outing, but what has changed here makes for a much faster, more fluid and fun game of footie than we've seen from the series since perhaps as far back as 2017. New tweaks to off-the-balls runs and passing are welcome, headers are viable options once again and keepers have been nerfed to the point that all-manner of long-range efforts, vicious volleys and fancy finished shots are back in vogue. Volta still feels like a bit of an afterthought - with its new Debut story mode as cheesy as you might have been expecting - but a slick new simulation option in Career mode, alongside that smart player customisation system and customisable stadiums and co-op Rivals and Squad Battles in Ultimate Team, mean there's just about enough here for diehard fans to justify splashing out once again. This is, for all its faults and foibles, a comprehensive and undeniably fun swansong for EA's behemoth on this current generation of consoles.
  5. Oct 9, 2020
    78
    FIFA 21 is a conformist game and is something obvious and has to be punished, because it's not the first year that this happened. It's understandable because the next gen is just around the corner, but even the slight changes made don't make this game any better than FIFA 20. FIFA 21 is more arcadey than before and doesn't have enough to be such a great success.
  6. Nov 16, 2020
    70
    FIFA 21 hasn't re-written the wheel but it is fun, fast attacking football and hopefully EA have big plans to shake up the franchise next year for its true next-gen console experience.
  7. Oct 6, 2020
    50
    FIFA 21 smells like laziness, dollar signs and stinky, old footballsocks. This is the worst edition ever and one of the biggest disappointments of the year. I really hope EA redeem themselves on the next generation of consoles because the way things stand now, FIFA is one big red flag for me.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 166
  1. Oct 13, 2020
    10
    The game play is the best of any FIFA I have played (I started on FIFA 12). Fast players can NOT blaze by defenders if you play against themThe game play is the best of any FIFA I have played (I started on FIFA 12). Fast players can NOT blaze by defenders if you play against them correctly. Legacy defending (pre RB+A) is much more heavily emphasized, so anyone who relied solely on letting the AI defend for them as many many people did in the past few editions of FIFA (i.e. the people leaving bad reviews and saying the game is terrible) will struggle. Goalkeepers do leave a little to be desired, and I have had some minor server issues. People leaving bad reviews are also clearly not Career Mode players, which has received major upgrades. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2020
    3
    The game it's improved from Fifa 20... But that was a very bad game.
    The menu navigation on Xbox one X is very slow and annoying...
    The game it's improved from Fifa 20... But that was a very bad game.
    The menu navigation on Xbox one X is very slow and annoying... Frustrating that on the best console it's moving that slow. Only from there you want to do exit not to continue anymore.
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  3. Oct 10, 2020
    1
    This "new game" is the next instalment of the Fifa series, and should you be disappointed. I will go through each important mode and aspect ofThis "new game" is the next instalment of the Fifa series, and should you be disappointed. I will go through each important mode and aspect of this game starting with:
    Career mode: Although there have been several changes to the mode, the same old gameplay hold back this mode's potential yet again. The simulation aspect to the manager career mode, where you can sim matches and jump in at any time you want, make subs, and change the way your team played, is what the community asked for many years ago. There will be no passes given on that. Also, contract and transfer negotiations still take longer than ever. There is no setting to change the speed of this cutscene, so you must sit there and watch your character barely talk through their lips.
    Ultimate Team: There have been no significant changes to make me want to play this game mode. Another year, another game to advertise to underage children and create bad spending habits. The stadium upgrades was something that I was looking forward to, but with no motivation to actually grind out the FUT Champs and Squad battles modes, there is no reason to play the game. EA continue to screw your decaying body by having a worse pack luck than Fifa 20. I spent $20 on both games to compare how many rare players I would get, and the result was staggering. Not only did Fifa 21 lose to its predecessor, but it was a chore having to watch the same stupid pack opening animation every time I opened one. You get no stars for the absolute shafting you give this game mode every year.
    Key Gameplay Changes: Fifa 21 did make some key gameplay changes with this Fifa. The frequency of attacking runs, and the lethality of these runs have been slightly modified to suit some players needs. However, it just seems like most of the time the players are lazy and not wanting to make attacking runs behind the defense, or opening up in space to receive a pass. It truly doesn't surprise me when EA said they would fix these things, and they are lack luster at best. And to be honest, I think that's all I noticed when actually playing the game. Everything else is STILL THE **** SAME.
    In conclusion, I realize that me saying all of this is not going to change anything, because us football lovers are stuck with Fifa. Playing Fifa is like an abused partner going back to the abusive partner. Battered Wife Syndrome I believe it is called. They keep beating us down with crappy cut-and-paste games every year, and frankly, I don't know what else to do. I just wanted to play a football game that can make me feel something. Some joy, some hope, some self-esteem, and make me feel like what I play is worth it. EA takes advantage of every consumer they manage to persuade. Like that same abusive spouse coaxing their battered partner back with promises, they themselves know they won't keep. What should happen with the next Fifa? It should be cancelled, class-action lawsuits should be filed, and us football lovers should get what we deserve; a loving company, who is willing and determined to give football fans around the world the ability to experience an AUTHENTIC, FUN, and UNCOMPRISINGLY GREAT GAME. I am fully for cancelling yearly releases so that developers can actually make good improvements to a game that I love very much. in closing, Fifa 21, EA, you are a disgrace to consumers around the world. And I hope that someday you will realize that making good games this the key to making money, not this phoney monopoly money you think is good, tangible success. I rate this game a 1/10.
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  4. Oct 9, 2020
    0
    I refuse to give this company any more money. Played the trial in hope of a new satisfying career but it seems like they've ignored us again.I refuse to give this company any more money. Played the trial in hope of a new satisfying career but it seems like they've ignored us again. They even rubbed salt in the wound by putting "build a stadium" in FUT? Why cant I do that with Salford in the Prem? Expand
  5. Feb 6, 2021
    0
    Do not buy this game, obviously scripted, obviously made as a pay to win package. I've never been more disgusted at a company. Boycott EA,Do not buy this game, obviously scripted, obviously made as a pay to win package. I've never been more disgusted at a company. Boycott EA, they deserve no money and have stolen a living making the worst game of a near 30 year franchise. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2020
    0
    I am 300 wins 30 losses in fifa 20. 33 wins 3 losses in fifa 21. Why am I complaining? Becoz its awful. Ai defenders can't keep up withI am 300 wins 30 losses in fifa 20. 33 wins 3 losses in fifa 21. Why am I complaining? Becoz its awful. Ai defenders can't keep up with attacking runs. Goalkeepers are non existent, but by far the worst bit.. interceptions.. countless times I'm stood in the lane of a pass only for my defender or midfielder to be completely disinterested in picking up the ball. 14 years of fifa and I've never seen defending this bad. Tackles bouncing back to your enemy more times than last year-a hard thing to manage!. Bad bad bad game. (And that's coming from someone who is really good at it. Madness) scoring goals is the hardest thing in football, fifa makes defending the most challenging part, its not fun to score and its infuriating to concede. If you like your football matches 6-6 on the scoreline then fifa 21 is for you. Expand
  7. Jul 11, 2021
    0
    I don’t understand why EA refuses to address fundamental issues with their games, issues present for years. Sloppy, lazy development, and it’sI don’t understand why EA refuses to address fundamental issues with their games, issues present for years. Sloppy, lazy development, and it’s not just this game, it’s every single one. Year in and year out. Please stop buying, please unsubscribe from EA Play. Expand

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