And now another football season begins and another set of ridiculously successful FIFA franchise hits the shelves.
In this turbulent, unpredictable and troubling year for the world at large and the football landscape, a brilliant new return FIFA just a little more welcoming. This is a little comforting.
Firstly, can you start playing this game without knowing that hours are flying by? Absolutely.
The new football season and the new FIFA as a hugely popular franchise are generating annual profits.
Kylian Mbappe is the guy from the FIFA 21 poster and one of the best players in the game.
But weren’t most FIFA football matches like this?
Loyal fans will remain as attached to the latest offerings as they were to their predecessors, but the beauty lies in the details that really excite us.
So how is FIFA 21 different? And how many?
Simply put, players expecting dramatic changes to the gameplay system and the way FIFA is played will be disappointed.
Instead, you can see the fine tuning built into the existing skeleton of the football car. The playthrough is smoother, the players are more responsive, and the overall impression is that the transitions in the game fold much more easily into each other.
Subtle details are visible in the gameplay, and the stadiums are amazingly recreated.
FIFA has shown realism across the board: here you can see the look of Anfield.
But these are little things that can be felt after they have entered a new product. When it comes to first impressions, it looks like it did 12 months ago.
There really is a lot to love here. A well-thought-out build will be rewarded with lofty goals that appear to be streamed live. Realism is evident in FIFA 21, but the annoying elements still persist.
Perhaps, unlike me, your skill level in FIFA will quickly resolve any teething issues, although it seems that the game’s tough defenses feel much more complex than in previous years. Almost clumsy.
It is imperative to show holy patience when the guy from the game poster, Kylian Mbappé, who now has a total of 90 points, rushes to your line of defense with dazzling feet. It’s definitely a baptism of fire, dive in and done.
However, the game is very similar to the educational process. Single humiliation allows the user to quickly become aware of the need to knock players off the ball while simultaneously engaging support. Fans will be delighted to know that tempo attributes are back with renewed vigor this time around, putting the speed demons truly in a league of their own.
FIFA has tried so hard to level the playing field in terms of pace in previous years, almost to the point that it became redundant. Now, fortunately, it has been refined to match the song exactly. The new Agile Dribbling feature will also delight the masses: the trigger buttons on the respective console will become your new best friend, causing an abundance of rolls and false turns.
The game runs smoothly, dribbling has been redesigned and speed is vital again.
In the season that Liverpool won the title, it became one of the best teams in the game.
Player choice is now key, and those who do not pay dues to the strikers they face may find themselves on the painful end of humiliation.
The pass repertoire remains high, with a pleasant continuation of the reactive surfaces and weather conditions affecting the ball. Head to a tumultuous fall match in the Premier League and you’ll soon find out all about it.
One feature that stands out is the career mode. Some people like it, some don’t like it. In any case, the excessive criticism of this media that came from FIFA last year was certainly taken into account.
This time we find a much more specific proposal containing an interactive Football Manager-style match simulator that allows you to switch between the standard FIFA match view and a new simulator view whenever you wish.
It may be high time, but it was definitely necessary. All the favorite fights in the transfer window have escalated: negotiations for the players have become less timid and in line with the financial and competitive status of the club.
FIFA responds to criticism of Career mode and adds Football Manager features
If you’re not getting lost in Career Mode, Volta Street Football offers a complete palate cleanser. Since the introduction to FIFA 20, Volta has been accurate and the good stuff has been improved and the bad stuff … well, gone.
The mode offers a nostalgic throwback to the street days of FIFA, offering many options in which to play small matches with the world’s most famous players.
Enhanced system changes include VOLTA Lineups, Featured Battles, New Match Types, and VOLTA Debut and Match Starts.
Still, for the online discipline masters heading straight to the Pro Clubs and FUT, the key theme is continual sequel. New features include FUT Events, FUT Live Friendlies, FUT Stadium and Club One FUT, which offer updated options.
Volta Street Football is a taste of nostalgia from the days of FIFA Street.
Users can select locations around the world to play short games with superstars.
The same thrills and spills continue, and the ongoing treasure hunt to collect Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Mbappe remains as rare as ever, though the thrill is of course always on the lookout.
While not without criticism, overall FIFA is delivering and promising avid fans a new wave of emotion next year and beyond. As additional subtle details seep through at random intervals, there is a small risk that the new offering will seem outdated anytime soon.
And at least the sight of stadiums packed with hot fans fills our hearts and makes us want to get back to normal again.