• Abhishek N

Fifa 21 review Xbox one

In what's become a disappointing me for sports games, in general, this year FIFA 21 takes small steps in improving its core on the pitch play but largely underwhelms off of it providing very few big changes this time around sure the moment to moment action feels as smooth as it has done in recent years but a lack of real investment in career mode and only slight changes to its other main modes feel like a series

of missed opportunities incidentally, that's something FIFA 21'goalkeepers know a lot about when attempting to make a save in this game on the surface those changes are hard to spot there are none of the usual big headline features to speak of such as new set-piece systems or the introduction of timed finishing that have come in recent years but the more time you spend of it the more you realize how

many smaller tweaks have been made most of them being beneficial for one thing ea appeared to have hit a sweet spot of the pace of gameplay this year with matches flowing smoothly and crucially the speed of the players feeling appropriate when compared to their real-life counterparts, not every attacker can leave a bedraggled defender in their wake this year but certain stars such as Killian and can which is just as it should be when simply gliding past opponents isn't the answer though becoming a past master will be key fortunately that won't take too long to achieve as passing you out the pitch seems as simple as ever almost too simple as you create triangles of play towards the opposition box until a sighted goal appears it seems too easy at times to create openings with killer balls being played with ease all too often and needing little skill or vision to pull off more often than not these opportunities will turn into goals largely due to the woeful goalkeeping on display goalkeepers rarely hold on to the ball from crosses and corners and tend to punch and flap at the ball 99 times out of 100 with even some of the world's best shot-stoppers seemingly suffering from fever dreams where their hands melt in front of their eyes when a ball enters their vicinity while the attacking AI may have improved positionally the same can't be said as much for defenders I enjoy defending but I'm not sure FIFA 21 is a game made for players like me with clean sheets coming at a premium that's not to say I haven't been enjoying it the new collision system makes for more robust challenges and slide tackles result in you gaining possession regularly rather than the ball ricocheting off the far reaches of the pitch making a bold



Defensive move offers a high risk factor perhaps as it should but I just wish I had a little more assistance from the players I can control at times for example if I want to bring a defender out to close down an attacker like my centre back partner to come round and cover if he manages to beat someone-on-on one area that has seen nothing but improvement though is crossing and heading in particular gone are the headed shots of fifa20 that darted into the stands off of players seemingly cubic for head whipping in a ball from out wide onto a forward now feels like a genuine goal scoring tactic rather than the low odds' lottery it has done in previous seasons' mode wise there are no huge additions this year like the introduction of vaulter and FIFA 20 but there have been adjustments to each to add a little extra punch volt for example comes with the debut a short two to three hour single-player modes that serves as an introduction to the street side of football you'll play matches against icons everywhere from São Paulo to Sydney as well as take on legends and skill challenges on one particular occasion you'll take on and defeat karaoke of the most explosive carriers of a football I've ever seen in a dribbling-competition it's very cheesy but does serve its purpose of giving you a reason to get back into Volta another addition is the option to now play online cooperatively with friends something that was bafflingly missing from FIFA 20. All in all, though Volta is very much like it was last year and considering it's a model I didn't feel the need to play



heavily the last year outside my first week I can't see it taking time away from FIFA's other modes for me this year either however some of those modes aren't doing a great job in competing for attention either things look promising when eats big changes would be coming to career mode in FIFA 21 but sadly it's not quite the full facelift I've been hoping for some fun new additions have been made but not enough to bring what used to be the game's flagship mode back to its full glory the interactive match im option is probably the most impressive of all the features even if a similar concept has existed in madden for a good few years now its notable how quickly you can transition from the Birds eye 2d view point to taking control of your players if the match isn't going quite how you planned that process is near seamless and genuinely impressive being able to perform training sessions with your players to improve their match sharpness is a fun idea at first but once I quickly grew tired of playing these glorified tutorial sections in order to gain a negligible amount of stat increases didn't do a lot for me and I quickly found myself simulating them at every opportunity instead meanwhile the new player development options allow for more variety and the closest career mode actually comes to putting you in a head coach's shoes for example when playing as Tottenham changed Eric dear's position from defensive midfield to centre back move that took him only two weeks to process and changed his overall rating from 78 to 82. I'm a big fan of this system and can't wait to put it into practice more whether that be making logical decisions like this or going all out bonkers with it and turning Neymar into a tough ball-winning center back, okay maybe that's going a bit too far despite these fun few changes to career mode though most elements are still largely stagnant the same UI and presentations



still exist along with the drawn-out transfer negotiation scenes being played out by lifeless Madame Tussauds versions of players and managers it's clear that career mode isn't ea'focus though and why would it be when an ultimate team brings in the player base and revenue that it does foot be a beast in its own right and has also received a few tweaks this year without rewriting the play book these include quality of life upgrades such as the long-awaited removal of fitness cards to the ability to know fully customize your stadiums with sights and sounds of your own choosing there's also the introduction of foot co-which allows you to experience both division rivals and squad battles together and sharing the joy of eagerly opening a pack and the thrill of a 77rated Ashley Barnes card staring back at you admittedly I've fallen off of ultimate team in recent years but my favourite way to play FIFA is teaming up with friends in co-op seasons or pro clubs so this new addition to foot could be what gets me back involved 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 depending on as a real challenge and 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 still wishing for and feels like an opportunity missed while Volta still struggles to prove its relevance in all FIFA 21 is a year of small improvements with much to enjoy.

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