With a pandemic making this a disastrous sports year, fans across the world have been yearning for a way to scratch that itch. This would have been the perfect time for EA to double down on its infamous franchise - FIFA. We can only follow our favourite football clubs from behind our TV screens, with the rather ominous lack of fans sitting in the stands, FIFA 21 could have been the perfect solution. At least, in some way, we would be able to relive the moments before the pandemic.
In the beginning, it seems like there’s hope for the unenthusiastic franchise. It’s clear that the developers have taken some feedback as gameplay has ever so slightly evolved. On the field, the flow of the game feels much faster, with passes having a systematic ebb and flow to them. You instinctively notice the attackers bias that FIFA 21 has, with defender AI tending to flop around like flaccid pieces of asparagus during opponent’s counter-attacks. This isn’t always the case, as the defense will occasionally form an iron fortress that deflects any and all incoming attacks. The lack of consistency, however, is what makes this feel like a minor progression rather than a major leap forward.
You instinctively notice the attackers bias that FIFA 21 has, with defender AI tending to flop around like flaccid pieces of asparagus during opponent’s counter-attacks.
Compared to last year, it’s easy to just think defending got nerfed while attacking got buffed.
What I found extremely sad, was the fact that you can’t grind objectives with your friends in co-op mode.
Will defend anything Dragon Ball. Occasionally has two-way conversations with himself. Has sleepless nights about Half-Life 3 confirmed.
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6 October 2020
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