FIFA 21 officially releases worldwide on 9th October. However, those who bought either the Champions Edition or the Ultimate Edition will have three days early access, which means they can play the game as of today.
But because there’s a new title every year, some people might be wondering whether or not they should buy FIFA 21. After all, how much can the game change in a year other than updated rosters?
Indeed, the essence of the game is more or less the same. But it would be wrong to say that it’s not different at all. EA has made plenty of changes and improvements in terms of both features and gameplay to make FIFA 21 a worthy successor to previous titles.
If you find yourself sitting on the fence, here are some of the reasons why we think you should play FIFA 21.
FIFA 21’s Gameplay Is Fantastic
The first and foremost reason to play FIFA 21 is simply because the gameplay is the best it’s ever been. It might be hard to pinpoint the improvements initially, but there have been many tweaks under the hood that make the gameplay a better experience than ever before.
It feels a little slower than previous titles. Still, it’s more fluid and responsive than ever before, adding an unprecedented level of authenticity and realism. But it does so while staying true to the fun and competitive gameplay we all know and love.
More specifically, FIFA 21’s gameplay utilises space and positioning better than ever before. It also has a new blocking system, better reaction times from players, and gives players more control over their headering, the latter of which has been an issue in previous titles.
Of course, it runs a little deeper than that. EA has added some all-new features to the game, including agile dribbling, creative runs, and positioning personality.
Agile Dribbling is a new system of mechanics designed to give players more control and creativity in one on one situations. It lets them do everything from more responsive close control and fast footwork to using new and improved skill moves, in this FIFA 21 to blitz through an opponent’s defence.
Creative Runs is another new system which revolves around flicking the right analog stick to direct teammates to make runs and do a pass and go. It’s a feature that players have wanted for quite some time to give themselves more control over their attackers’ movement when building-up an attack.
Positioning Personality described a series of changes EA has made to increase the positional awareness of players in FIFA 21. In previous titles, A.I controlled players on a team would often struggle to put themselves in the right place at the right time, which became increasingly frustrating.
Now, world-class defenders will hold their lines better, playmakers will find the space to receive through balls, and midfielders will close down passing lanes better than ever before. They still might not make the moves exactly like you’d expect to see in real life, but they’re certainly a whole lot closer.
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Career Mode Has Finally Been Improved
Career Mode has always been an essential part of the FIFA experience. But players have felt underwhelmed with the lack of changes and improvements to the mode throughout the years. Thankfully, it’s not a problem anymore, since FIFA 21’s Career Mode boasts a series of positive changes.
First of all, they’ve finally added Interactive Match Sim back into the game. Players can jump in and out of gameplay while a match is underway and make changes throughout the game. Overall, it’s a better way to simulate games without losing to a team you shouldn’t, and it makes the game feel more like Football Manager.
Players also have more control over their players’ growth in FIFA 21 compared to previous titles. A new position training feature lets you train players into different positions, giving you even more control over the team.
Match Sharpness is a new attribute that gives you better insights into your squad’s performance levels. Simply put, it reveals how likely a player is to perform throughout a game. It can also be increased using the new Active Training system, which lets you set up group training sessions to improve the squad’s performance levels.
Schedule Planning lets you plan your team’s training schedule. Now, you can decide when you want to train and when you want to rest, giving you more control and making the Career Mode experience feel a little more authentic.
EA has made transfer more realistic for both human-controlled teams and AI-controlled teams. There are also new ways to sign players, including loan-to-buy offers, whereby you can add a player to the team instantly and pay for them at a later date.
And last but not least, there has been a complete overhaul of the opposition A.I. They are more calculated and intelligent than ever before, including all areas such as attacking, defending, dribbling, marking, passing, and tackling.
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FUT Is Better Than Ever
FUT is arguably the most popular mode in FIFA titles. However, it’s received some tremendous changes in FIFA 21, including a new co-op mode, more customisation options, and a streamlined club management system.
For the first time, you can team up with a friend online in Division Rivals, Squad Battles, and FUT Friendlies. Not only does that mean you can both experience FIFA 21’s ranked competitive mode together. But it also means you can enjoy the spoils together.
FUT in FIFA 21 also adds new customisation options, including a team nickname that announcers will use, stadium features such as net colours, pitch mow patterns, seat colours, stadium paint, and tifos.
But perhaps the best change of them all is the streamlined club management system. Fitness Items, Staff Coaches, and Training Items have been completely removed, making the FUT system a much better experience overall.
The injury and healing system has been reworked. Now, instead of needing a card for every injury types, there are only two injury cards that heal all of them. The only difference is the rarer one heals players for more games than the common one.
The menus have also been streamlined to make FUT more approachable. And now, thanks to the new and improved EA SPORTS FIFA Companion App, you can manage your club on the go.
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FIFA 21 Is Better Than Previous Titles
So, if you were wondering why you should play FIFA 21, we implore you to consider the superb gameplay, the improved career mode, and the streamlined FUT experience. That way, it doesn’t matter which of the modes you were interested in playing the most. Everything is better than it was previous titles.
If that isn’t enough to answer your question, you could always sign up to EA Play and trial the game for up to ten hours. Maybe then, you’ll see for yourself why FIFA 21 is generating a lot of hype.
To find out How to Play FIFA 21 like a pro, visit our guides:
- FIFA 21: How To Defend | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: How To Dribble | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: Best Attacking Tips
- FIFA 21: Shooting and Finishing Guide
- FIFA 21: Celebrations Guide
- FIFA 21: How To Do Skill Moves | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: Controller Settings | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: Controls and Buttons | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: Download Manual and Beginners Guide | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: How To Control The Goal Keeper | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: Custom Tactics | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: Fake Shot | Tutorial
- FIFA 21 - Defending: How to Pressure and Intercept the Ball | Tutorial
- FIFA 21: Sprinting | Tutorial
And of course, our FUT 21 Beginner guide to find out How to Get Started.