There’s loads of changes to gameplay in the new Fifa game
The official gameplay trailer for Fifa 21 has been released showing off loads of new features.
The new game comes out in October and follows Fifa 20 which received a lot of criticism after its release last year, with some players unhappy about overpowered player abilities, bugs and glitches.
EA Sports – which makes the game – says Fifa 21 will reward players for their “creativity and control with new features, in the most intelligent Fifa gameplay to date”.
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Agile dribbling is a new way to keep close control of the ball, so that players can perform quick feet and touches, especially with more skilful players such as Kylian Mbappe or Marcus Rashford.
To perform agile dribbling, players will have to hold R1/RB while moving the left stick, the dribbler will move the ball with rapid and precise touches.
However, some gamers have commented saying the feature looks “ridiculous”, “too fast” and “broken”. Others have compared it to Fifa 20’s drag back controls or ‘strafe dribbling’, which made it almost impossible to take the ball off some players.
New positioning personality means players who are tactically aware in real life will have a bigger impact by being in the right place at the right time to shoot, pass, or block the ball.
Think Kevin De Bruyne in attack or Virgil van Dijk in defence.
Computer-controlled artificial intelligence (AI) varies, with some players better at some things than others, for example:
In the new Fifa game you can make creative runs, choosing how players who aren’t on the ball run into space
Fifa 21 has a new creative runs feature, where you can decide how your AI teammates move off the ball:
Crossing has also been changed in Fifa 21, and gives you different ways to zip a ball into the box.
Changes in Fifa 21 mean you can replicate the intelligence of players like van Dijk or the technique of Trent Alexander-Arnold
Natural collision system
EA Sports says that the days of crashing into defenders and goalkeepers, falling over and losing the ball, are over.
Developers have created a new animation system where players bump into each other in a more natural way, also meaning AI will jump over, or try to avoid falling over 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 ‘competitor mode’. Competitor mode will see the computer AI copy some of the best Fifa players in the world, making the computer better at performing skill moves, using space and making scoring opportunities.
Some celebrations like Dele’ Alli’s A-Ok have been left out of the new game
Some celebrations have been removed from the game for Fifa 21 which might good news for fans who don’t like them and think they’re mean.
EA say they’ve gone for “toxicity” reasons.
Sam Rivera, lead gameplay producer for Fifa 21, said two celebrations have been removed including the ‘Shhh’. This is when the player holds his finger to his/her lips and it’s sometimes seen as a way to provoke another player.
Another to be banned is the ‘A-OK’ – a finger challenge celebration made popular by Tottenham Hotspur player Dele Alli, which only lasted one season.
While many football fans have probably wished they could ‘rage quit’ thanks to VAR in real life this season, the controversial video assistant ref won’t be making a virtual appearance in the new Fifa.
Speaking about the decision, Sam Rivera said: “This year we decided to focus on other features that the community was requesting. We think that VAR, in terms of a video game, may not be adding as much as we wished.”
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For the second year in a row, Juventus won’t be in Fifa
What else to expect
The new Pro Evo will be a downloadable update rather than a brand new game
Pro Evolution Soccer
Fifa’s main competitor when it comes to football game supremacy is doing things a little differently this year too.
But unlike Fifa, the new Pro Evo game won’t be a brand new instalment. Instead, makers Konami announced that PES 2021 will be a cheaper than normal downloadable update for PES 2020.
The decision was made after development slowed down due to coronavirus and has been praised by many gamers online.