Career Mode has seen a notable face lift in FIFA 21. Things I’ve been particularly hopeful for have finally been brought into the game, creating more options for players that want to dive into the nitty gritty of the sport as a manager. You’re finally able to change player positions over time through training development, assess and rework player roles and, most importantly, jump into simulated matches. The latter is a fantastic addition, allowing you to watch the match play out and join the action if the game isn’t going in your favour. The opposite is also true, allowing you to sim remaining time on a match as opposed to only being able to forfeit.
As someone who’s put thousands of hours into FIFA Career Mode throughout the years, these changes are more than appreciated.
Even though these gameplay changes are also based on community feedback, the renewed focus on dribbling, personality, and runs, will have a far-reaching impact on couch co-op and online play. And in keeping with the theme of FIFA 21 – the first and probably biggest – gameplay change comes in the form of fancy footwork.
Dubbed ‘Agile Dribbling’ this is that thing we’ve all done once or twice on the field over the years, try to trick defenders into committing their weight and movement in one direction as our feet dance and move the ball about in a different direction. Like a martial artist showing off a form, it’s a mix of grace, skill, and beauty. That’s not to say that it’s ever worked for me (it hasn’t), but as FIFA puts you in control of the biggest football stars in the world this sort of fancy footwork opens the door to swift side-to-side ball control in a way that looks cool and adds a different way to break from a defender.