FIFA 21 has been available since Friday October 9th. The benchmark soccer simulation returns this year with optimized game modes, but will soon be available for PS5 and Xbox Series. At what price, what do the tests and reviews say? We tell you everything!
[Mis à jour le 9 octobre 2020 à 10h45] FIFA 21, the latest iteration of the iconic soccer game and one of France’s best-selling cultural assets, landed on Friday October 9th. The game is available in the various points of sale … for those who have not yet reserved it! With Kylian Mbappé as the star on the cover, this new opus of soccer simulation obviously offers the search for soccer stars and big teams as well as almost all big competitions. It is therefore possible to play the major European championships with your favorite club, but also the Champions League.
However, if ratings are mixed, this FIFA 21 work marks a major turning point as it will be the first version available for PS5 and Xbox! The new consoles from Sony and Microsoft have not yet been launched. The bundles allow you to enjoy the game today on PS4 or Xbox One, and then on the PS5 and Xbox series versions afterwards. Prices, reviews, versions and editions … everything you need to know about FIFA 21 can be found in our dedicated file below.
FIFA 21 PS4
FIFA 21 Xbox One
Electronic Arts is offering a simultaneous release of FIFA 21 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC this year. While it will be necessary to wait for the release of new generation consoles, from October 9th, computer game enthusiasts will be able to enjoy them simultaneously with their fellow gamers on consoles. The game is available in a box from the usual retailers, but can also be downloaded online from the EA: Origin store at the recommended retail price of € 49.99 for the standard version.
Regular FIFA players expect their new version of the soccer simulation every year at the start of the school year. FIFA 21 is no exception to this rule as this new edition has been set for October 9, 2020 by publisher Electronic Arts. This is a very special edition of the game, as the aim is to switch between the two generations of consoles: the Xbox One and Xbox Series X on the one hand and the PS4 and PS5 on the other. Also note that if you buy a PS4 version of FIFA 21, you get the PS5 version for free. Likewise, when you purchase an Xbox One version of the game, you will receive a free version that is compatible with Xbox Series X and Series S.
The press specializing in video games has published its tests in France. These indicate a high quality FIFA 21, but it doesn’t offer enough important new features to really be recommended at the end of the year. Gamekult, which rates it 6/10, states in particular that “FIFA 21 corrects some deviations from the previous one, but preserves the philosophy” without bringing about a revolution of the model expected for several years. The bug in particular with a “game engine that doesn’t develop or so little”. It is particularly emphasized that “the passivity of uncontrolled players, especially defensive midfielders, is really a task”.
Jeuxvideo.com broadly agrees with this observation and gives FIFA 21 a 13/20. This version of 2021 “certainly does not embody the episode of renewal”, although again it is a “generous simulation that can keep you busy for a whole year”. In particular, although improvements have been made to long passes and counters, “the general balance of the title is still shaky on other points”.
At Gameblog, where we find a 6/10 rating, it is stated that FIFA 21 is “not far from bad” but that the lack of innovation compared to the 2020 version is pretty obvious. Although the Electronic Arts game benefits from “having a solid foundation even if it doesn’t change the recipe”, “the series really needs a facelift.” Gameblog also criticizes the defense, which “suffers from a significant imbalance”. In any case, FIFA 21 seems like an episode that isn’t lacking in quality, but it may not be ambitious enough for those who follow the license every year. In particular, the various French websites agree that this episode is the one of transition and that thanks to the capacities of the new generation of consoles, we can hope for a version 22 on a larger scale.
It is common these days for publishers to offer players different versions of their game, from the smallest to the most collectible. This is obviously the case with Electronic Arts for FIFA 21, which comes in three editions. The first, the standard version, costs € 69.99 and includes the game and some bonuses, including three rare gold packs (one per week for three weeks).
FIFA 21 Champions Edition PS4
The FIFA 21 Champions Edition costs € 89.99. The game is available with three days of Early Access as well as up to 12 Rare Gold Packs (one per week for twelve weeks) and other bonuses related to the FUT mode. Finally, note the sale of an Ultimate Edition at the recommended price of € 99.99. This promises that the game will be available with three days of early access, as well as up to 24 rare gold packages (two per week for twelve weeks) and bonuses related to the FUT mode.
EA Play is a subscription aimed at benefiting from Electronic Arts games. First and foremost, users can enjoy a catalog of older games. However, FIFA 21 is available to EA Play subscribers in a trial version with early access for 10 hours. After this time, FIFA 21 will no longer be available to you as part of your subscription. A way the publisher deems appropriate so that its users can test the FIFA 21 experience before they fall for the game.