The official Fifa 21 game trailer has been released showing tons of new features.
The new game comes out in October and follows Fifa 20 which has received a lot of criticism after its release last year, with some players unhappy with the overwhelmed player skills, bugs and glitches.
EA Sports – which makes the game – claims Fifa 21 will reward players for their “creativity and control with new features, in the smartest Fifa gameplay to date”.
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Agile dribbling is a new way to maintain tight ball control so players can perform quick feet and touches, especially with more skilled players like Kylian Mbappe or Marcus Rashford.
To perform agile dribbling, players will need to hold R1 / RB while moving the left stick, dribbling will move the ball with quick and precise touches.
However, some players have commented that the feature looks “ridiculous”, “too fast” and “broken”. Others have compared it to Fifa 20’s drag controls or ‘dribbling strafe’, which made it nearly impossible for some players to take the ball off.
The new positioning personality means that players who are tactically aware in real life will have greater impact by being in the right place at the right time to throw, pass or block the ball.
Think Kevin De Bruyne in attack or Virgil van Dijk in defense.
Computerized control artificial intelligence (AI) varies, with some players better at some things than others, for example:
- On-side and offside – Awareness of knowing when to slow down and time the race to stay in the game.
- “Readiness passerby” is executed – Understand when the players in possession of the ball are ready to make a pass so that the player can perfectly time their run.
- Time and intelligence for decision making – The ability to make faster and more accurate decisions about where and when to run.
- Fast lane analysis – Understand and find space on the pitch to receive a pass.
Runs without the ball
Fifa 21 has a new creative racing feature, where you can decide how your AI teammates move off the ball:
- Direct runs – You can now control the direction of your teammates’ runs by moving the right stick after activating a run (L1 / LB then move the right stick), or after calling a short teammate (R1 / RB then move the stick right)
- Direct passage and go – This is a good way to perform one or two quick passes, deciding where your teammate runs after receiving a pass. This can be done by quickly moving the right stick in any direction.
Crossing has also been changed in Fifa 21 and offers you several ways to close a ball in the box.
- Mounted cross – (R1 / RB + L1 / LB + ⬜ / X) – This was likely inspired by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold technique, these fast and dangerous crosses go through the area and are perfect for a teammate to hit the ball into the net with your foot or head.
- Guided cross – (R1 / RB + ⬜ / X) – Another fastball in the box, similar to mounted crosses but slightly higher at the waist, which means it’s perfect for head dives or volleys.
- Cross on the ground – (R1 / RB + ⬜ / X then ⬜ / X) – A cross on the ground, does what you expect. A fast cross, low to the ground.
Natural collision system
EA Sports claims that the days of hitting defenders and goalkeepers, falling and losing the ball, are over.
The developers have created a new animation system where players meet in a more natural way, which also means that the AI will jump or try to avoid falling on other players.
New competitor mode
In Fifa 21 you can still select difficulty settings such as Legendary or Ultimate.
However there is an option to select ‘concurrent mode’. Competitor mode will see the computer AI copy some of the best Fifa players in the world, improving the computer in performing skill moves, using space and creating scoring opportunities.
Some celebrations have been removed from the game for Fifa 21, which could be good news for fans who don’t like them and think they’re bad.
EA says they went for “toxicity” reasons.
Sam Rivera, lead producer of Fifa 21 gameplay, said two celebrations have been removed, including “Shhh”. This is when the player puts his finger to his lips and is sometimes seen as a way to provoke another player.
Another one to ban is “A-OK” – a Celebration of the finger challenge popularized by Tottenham Hotspur player Dele Alli, which lasted just one season.
While many football fans have probably wished they could “stop anger” thanks to VAR in real life this season, the controversial video assistant will not make a virtual appearance in the new Fifa.
Speaking of the decision, Sam Rivera said: “This year we decided to focus on other features that the community was demanding. We feel that VAR, in terms of video game, may not add as much as we would like.”
What else to expect
- Career mode – In the new game you can simulate most of a game through the new interactive Match Sim, deciding to jump into the game at a key moment if things are going wrong. It is a system that has been copied from Madden games, also made by EA Sports.
- Ultimate team – You can now play co-op with a friend, plus there will be new ways to customize your team’s appearance, both on and off the pitch.
- Licensing – Unfortunately for Fifa, Juventus are not in the game for the second consecutive season. Once again they will be replaced by a fake team called Piemonte Calcio. The Piedmont name has nothing to do with Fifa which is “pied-off” by Juve. In reality it is the area of Italy where Juventus plays. Calcio is the Italian word for soccer.
Pro Evolution Soccer
Fifa’s main contender when it comes to supremacy in football is doing things a little differently this year too.
But unlike Fifa, the new Pro Evo game will not be a new installment. Instead, Konami manufacturers have announced that PES 2021 will be a cheaper than normal downloadable update for PES 2020.
The decision was made after development slowed due to coronavirus and has been praised by many online gamers.