EA has many franchises that at times can feel like a money-printing machine rather than giving something new to fans, which is probably why I don’t jump on FIFA every single year. I probably don’t even utalise FIFA as much as I should. To me, FIFA has and will always be about kicking a ball around a grass field hoping to score more goals than your opposing team. Yes, I know I could get lost with career mode, or become a team manager, or even travel to South America and play some street football with a fancy name. But to me, the value in a game like FIFA is that you can pick it up, have a blast enjoying yourself without having to invest too much into the game.
Yes I’m aware that the more time you invest even in just playing the core game, the better you become, mastering the trick shots and ball control, and I admire the people who do that. I’m just not one of them. Based on what previous games have delivered and how the core gameplay of FIFA 21 feels, I’d say EA has delivered another solid incremental improvement in a solid franchise.
The game certainly feels fresher and seems to play faster and smoother, which equals more fun. The keepers don’t seem to have done enough training this year and tend to let a few more goals in the net, but this in turn makes for a much more fun experience as who doesn’t like scoring goals. Of course, nerfed keepers plays both ways and when you’re riding high 5-4 up, it only takes the opposition two goals to put you back on the frantic hunt for the winning goal.
FIFA 21 is the same old fun, wrapped up in slightly prettier graphics and a nicer gameplay flow.
Rating: G Suitable for general audiences.
GEEKERY rating: 3.5/5