Fifa 21 Career Mode DEALS
The time has come for yet another Fifa game. This year, Fifa 21, was slightly delayed due to the Covid Pandemic. This year instead of having a demo released a couple of weeks before official launch, EA Sports decided to give you a 10 hour trial of the game, but only if you have a subscription to EA Play (formerly known as EA Access). Personally I really didn’t like this – getting to play the game for 10 hours, before the official launch, just seemed to take away from the excitement of waiting until midnight on launch night, then realising the time is 03:00am, and you have just about managed to set up your FUT team, or got the new season underway in career mode.
Anyway – back to the review in hand – Career mode. Is it any better this year? Well sort of, but it’s still not the big overhaul that I, or a lot of Career Mode players really wanted. You do get a few nice things this year, a tactical Sim game mode, where you can jump in and out of to play as the team to get that winning goal, player development decisions, a match sharpness attribute, amongst others.
Let me begin with the positives: This is a better career mode, one that has been designed to offer a more multi-season challenge, with decisions you make effecting years to come. For example, Player Development seems an exciting mini-game, getting the best out of a youth player, making them into a world beater, or an aging player, dialling back, so you can get one more season out of them before they retire to China’s Super League, or the USA’s MLS.
The new tactical sim mode, pinching the idea from Football Manager’s dotted top-down view, gives you all the info you need on player stats, fitness levels, and you can seamlessly drop into the game, and take control of all the players. Of course, FIFA isn’t anywhere near the tinkering game that Football Manager is, but nevertheless, it’s a really nice feature.
Now, with all the new features comes the new menu options, and it felt like a massive slog, schedule planning and match sharpness bringing a whole host of new filler menus. It felt like a vicious cycle – match sharpness (a new stat, that couples fitness, showing you who can play, but who is actually fit enough to play), demands that you train well and often. And as a result, you’ll fill your schedule with training sessions to keep your squad match fit. So you have filled your calendar with training sessions, which, by the way, aren’t fun to complete anymore – but you can sim them all, which seems to take forever, and you will only ever get a D rating, or you can complete the training drills, which takes forever (but once you have completed them once, and got a decent enough score, you don’t have to do them again) but still have to sim them when they come up – it’s a real slog, and I got bored very quickly. You can of course go to the calendar, and skip between match days – but this means going into yet more menus…
It turns the career mode into a massive chore, which most likely in real life it is, but I don’t get paid the insane amount of money premier league managers do. Now, it’s all well and good taking some of Football Manager’s more simulation focused ideas, but FIFA just simply doesn’t offer the same amount of tinkering, or more importantly – automation!! Now the usual issues with Career Mode are still evident – menus not connecting intuitively, and unnecessarily long cutscenes of buying new players. However, being able to sort out loan-to-buy deals is a nice addition.
Fifa 21 Career Mode
It’s nice to see EA Sports finally giving a little bit of love to Career Mode, giving a bit of a freshen up, being able to give £500m to a League Two side is a nice idea, and I’m sure many YouTubers will be doing new videos with this. In all honesty though, whilst the groundwork is there to make this mode something great, it just isn’t there yet again this year.
- Financial takeover option
- Being able to change a players position
- Tactical sim game mode
- Feels too slow and a massive slog
- Usual FIFA shortcomings
- Player training is too much
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