FIFA 21 is one of those yearly releases that people always expect to be good, interesting and fun. An updated roster is obviously expected every year, but at the same time new FIFA games always try to include something new and different. The idea here is to push the boundaries and come up with unique, creative and fun game mechanics.
FIFA 21 is very similar to the previous edition. This is not a reinvention of the wheel, instead you have a lot of similar things. Which is for the best maybe, since the previous game was quite good. The game has the same engine for both old and new gen consoles and PC, which means you are getting pretty much the same version more or less, regardless of how much you invested.
This time around, we get the Volta Football street football mode in FIFA 21, which is actually improved over the past iterations. It won’t really impress that much, but it’s actually quite fun for what it is, and people love it just because it’s so immersive and interesting at the same time. The writing chops are pretty good here, you have a loose narrative, and you do have character progression. They also added cooperative gameplay to it, which is always something great to have and pretty fun to say the least.
The career mode is similar, and it does include pretty much the same game modes as the ones we had in recent years. You do have better player growth for changing positions and attacking. On top of that, the match readiness feedback has improved, and you also have the authentic transfers options. In this case, deals are harder and certainly more realistic, which can make things tricky. It’s a lot harder to create a super team, and you do need more grind.
You can also find a new, interactive SIM mode. This mode is nice since it helps you interrupt the match simulation and jump in whenever you want. So if you want to play only the back half of the match, or the beginning and the end, you can do that with the SIM mode. That’s cool, and it can actually be very fun.
Obviously there’s Ultimate Team, where you can easily buy and sell players as you try to create the best team. This is where most of the thought and customization goes, since it’s the money maker for the franchise. It’s understandable why they are doing it, but at the same time it’s still tricky and challenging to understand the reasons why this happens. It’s still nice to play, and Ultimate Team is indeed better than ever, which is exactly what you would need in a situation like this. You now have things like customizable stadiums, they can also be upgraded. Plus, there are community events. Other than that, it’s the usual fare, which can be a good or a bad thing.
Then you have the Pro Clubs, Coop Seasons and Standard Seasons. They are pretty much the same. Pro Clubs has new things like customizing the way AI players look. You can also save and create a variety of tactical options too. On top of that, there’s a good player trait progression. The AI can be poor at times, which isn’t really what you would expect from a game of this caliber. But it is what it is, and that’s what makes it so good in the first place.
Realism & Excitement
FIFA 21 does have its fair share of realism, it tries very hard to bring you that core gameplay you see on TV. And for the most part, it does manage to do that quite nicely. The game does seem to make it harder to play good defense, which can be an issue. They have a positioning personality feature that tries to replicate the personality of players in regards to anticipation and awareness on the field. It’s a clever idea that they work with here, and you will surely find it very creative and innovative at the same time.
As you can imagine, FIFA 21 still focuses a lot on the idea of fast paced speed instead of realism. While it does try to be realistic, at the end of the day this is still a very arcade-based experience. However, there are some things that give it realism, like better control, improved AI, modes that are way deeper and so on.
Visuals & Sounds
The FIFA soundtrack is always cool, varied, and this year is no exception. They are very creative and really push the boundaries when it comes to delivering the utmost experience and quality that you can find on the market. Sounds are also realistic, while still not perfect. There are a few bugs here and there, but for the most pat it does provide you with the core gameplay you want and the immersion you need.
Visually, you can see some improvements especially when it comes to shadows and animations. The character models already looked very well last year too, this year they do have some improvements, but nothing too much. They added some more stadiums and players, so the updates are great, and visually the game does look better as a whole. It just shows that you are indeed getting a very good experience and impressive gameplay.
We like FIFA 21, it definitely improves over the previous game, but it doesn’t blow it out of the water. If anything, many features are still the same, but with minor improvements. In case you expected this new version to be a whole lot different, you will be disappointed. On the other hand, the game itself is pretty engaging and fun, and it does take a while for you to improve and create a great team.
The fact that they have multiple game modes and also added the much-needed coop gameplay in some modes really stands out. You do have plenty of content to go through, although the game does feel more like an upgrade instead of a new version. Hopefully the next version will offer us the revamp we need, but for now FIFA 21 is the ideal football game you can play. However, it can be better!
PC Hardware Requirements
MINIMUM OFFICIAL REQUIREMENTS
These requirements from the developers are based on the minimum supported to run the game
OS: 64-bit Windows 10
Processor (AMD): Athlon X4 880K @4GHz or Equivalent
Processor (Intel): Core i3-6100 @3.7GHz or Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics card (AMD): Radeon HD 7850 or Equivalent
Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 660 or Equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard-drive space: 50 GB
RECOMMENDED OFFICIAL REQUIREMENTS
The recomended requirements from the developers are based on older technology that is not longer available to purchase with a new PC system.
OS: 64-bit Windows 10
Processor (AMD): FX 8150 @3.6GHz or Equivalent
Processor (Intel): Core i5-3550 @3.40GHz or Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics card (AMD): Radeon R9 270x or Equivalent
Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 670 or Equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: Broadband Connection
Hard-drive space: 50 GB
RECOMMENDED 2021 REQUIREMENTS
This is our recomended PC hardware requirements for a custom PC in 2021 to allow you to play Fifa 21 the way it was designed, with great graphics and smooth play.
OS: Windows 10 Home 64 BIT
Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 3700X or above
Processor (Intel): Intel i5 11600K
Memory: 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHZ
Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce RTX 2060 or above
Hard-drive space: We suggest the the main system drive for the PC is 512 GB M.2 or above in which Fifa 21 will take 40 to 50GB of space. It is not recomended to use an older type hard drive for this.