If you’ve read my analysis of FIFA 21 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, you already know everything I didn’t like about the edition released by EA Sports this year. With spectacular gameplay, less realistic AI, and complexity in the buttons so crazy that they even realized it didn’t make sense and was changing. The hope was that it was a problem because the focus was changed on the Xbox Series X and PS5 versions, which would have affected them in the background, but unfortunately it doesn’t.
In everything related to gameplay, controls, modes, artificial intelligence and user interface, all versions are exactly the same, those of before and those of now. All positive and negative reviews in this regard are therefore retained. FIFA has lived better years, especially 2017 and 2018, and with better hardware it would ask for a lot more in everything, not just the graphics area.
Because that is a much more attractive appearance and shorter loading times. Which are two good points for that, but that’s it.
FIFA 21 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S features visual improvements such as more detailed modeling, Pantene hair and beards, quality of the higher-resolution textures and a spectacular lighting system. With all of this and a few other tweaks, the presentation level goes up significantly, which is even more appreciated on a 4K TV.
EA Sporst has also added new cinematics to give a little more information about the game’s prolegomena, such as: B. Videos of the players arriving by bus at the stadium when they jump onto the field, or the special celebrations for decisive goals. They’re cool as decorative elements, but they don’t add any weight to the game, and if there’s clear evidence of their small contribution, it’s the third time you’ve already skipped it.
For many, playing this edition on a next generation console is best to save time, which can be an issue with sports titles. You move where you move. All you have to do is press a button and wait a second for you to reach your destination. You have left the games of skill to those who want to practice, but they are a holdover from the past that will go away.
The other novelty that both models have in common is a new camera recording, which is also enabled by default. He is able to see more public which creates more atmosphere, but it is not practical during the game and there are even instances when the ball is out of sight. Especially when there is back control or movement. You will have found meaning to boast about the above, or perhaps to convince beginners, but those of us who have been around for a long time will not greet it with affection.
If you’ve chosen the PlayStation 5, there’s another surprise, and that’s exactly what DualSense offers. When it comes to haptic vibrations, it leads to tactile sensations of the entrances, the shots on goal and even the passes, with the finesse that it is the part of the control that corresponds to the kicking foot that interacts with the hand. And as for the triggers, this is cool too. The more tired a player is, the harder the sprint button (R2) becomes. It’s not that I’m going to change the way you play, but between with and without, in this case always with.
With all the criticism EA deserves and which is growing, there are also a few positive aspects to highlight. The first is the plan to upload the generation for free within the same family of consoles (although due to timing constraints, FIFA 22’s premiere has plenty of space). And the other is that these two generations are linked via Volta and FIFA Ultimate as long as the same user profile is used, so that progress is never lost.
This next-gen version didn’t manage to change our minds about FIFA 21, a critical opinion on the new path the series has taken because it degrades aspects that were good. And as for the new technology, the changes, especially the lighting, are welcome, but they have to do more than a visual enhancement to be relevant. There’s no denying that the PS5 or Xbox Series X is better than the PS4 or Xbox One, but unfortunately, none of the four are good.