A really good selection of licensed music across the main game and Volta will have you discovering some great new tracks, and the match day chants and crowd noises are very welcome right now in an era of empty stadiums. Commentary hasn’t seen much improvement, though, so if you played a lot of previous FIFAs, get ready to hear the same lines again and again.
Lovingly recreated stadiums and pixel-perfect player faces lend an air of authenticity to proceedings, although only with the big teams and leagues - EFL League 2 players still barely resemble their real-life counterparts. FIFA 21 looks very good, but EA has squeezed just about all they can out of the current-gen consoles by now - we’re excited to see the jump to next-gen.
On the pitch, FIFA 21 is an improvement in almost every way you can imagine, with an animation overhaul that leads to more realistic player interactions, improved defending, and more options when attacking. Oh, and headers are actually viable again in this year’s game. Great stuff.
There’s no big new feature to sell the game this year, but as a result, improvements have been made across the board. Career Mode comes out the biggest winner, with some new Football Manager-inspired features, which make it the deepest and most rewarding version of the classic mode to date. FUT and Volta are also stuffed to the gills with content - there’s plenty here to see you through to next year.
Achievements have never been FIFA’s strong point, and this year isn’t any different, with a list that will see you diving into almost every mode. No surprises here, and if you’ve played any of the last few FIFA games, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for.