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FIFA (Series) Review

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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a window into the world of professional football and has become a sport in its own right.

The level of simulation and modelling of the game of football here is impressive. Large teams of passionate developers push the bar each year to deliver an experience that is one of the best selling in the world of video games.

A large part of recent FIFA games has been the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) mode where you earn players and build your ultimate team to compete online. As well as winning currency by playing matches you can also buy packs of player cards in a similar way to collecting Panini Football Stickers. Parents need to understand that this purchase offers a game of chance where you may get a valuable player or yet another Peter Beardsley, to continue my Panini analogy.

One downside of a statistics-driven football experience is that if you score the perfect goal, some of this was down to the shooting skill of the player you were controlling at the time. More pure physics-based games like Rocket League and Fortnite escape this issue and focus solely on player skill.

It's worth noting that if you are willing to play with out of date players, you can opt for older versions of FIFA for a fraction of the price. These older versions may no longer support online play.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2020

Price: 68% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @EA

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete. Recent versions of the game include a story mode that takes around 5 hours to complete. Games of FIFA can be adjusted to different lengths. Games take about 15 minutes, but if you’re online rather than offline add another 5 for the experts who make formation changes and use the full 40 second pause option.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. Most console versions support 4 player local play. FIFA 13 on Wii U offers 5 players with one person using the Gamepad. You can also use the Gamepad in novel interactions like changing tactics, targeted shooting and look-up mode to see other players.

CostsCosts

FIFA usually costs £29.99 to £89.99. 

FIFA 15 Legacy Edition

2DS|3DS £29.99

FIFA 20

FIFA 21 Champions Edition

Xbox One £79.99
PS5 £79.99
PS4 £79.99

FIFA 21 NXT LVL Edition

Xbox One £69.99
PS5 £69.99

FIFA 21 Nintendo Switch Legacy Edition

Switch £44.99

FIFA 21 Standard Edition

FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition

Xbox One £89.99
PS5 £89.99
PS4 £89.99

FIFA The Journey Trilogy

Xbox One £54.99

FIFA 20 and Older Versions

PS4 Free

EA Play

PC Free

EA Play

Xbox One Free

Xbox Game Pass

EA Play

FIFA 21

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. You can purchase packs of players for us in the FIFA Ultimate Team that have a chance of being either rare or common players. This is achieved via FIFA Points (bundles up to £79.99) brought with real money.

To ensure players can make an informed choice about the value of their FUT Pack purchases, the game displays the likelihood of what you will get in every pack at the point of sale. Selecting Show Pack Probabilities displays the minimum probability of getting one or more players of the stated rating. Some player ratings have 100% probability meaning you will always get a least one player of this ability. Equally, players with Ones to Watch rating will be much rarer and only be found in, for example, 1% of packs.

Of course, these probabilities are for an individual pack. Opening multiple packs does not change the likelihood of being awarded an item from a specific category. Each time you open a pack with a 50% chance of a particular rating is still only a 50% chance even if you have opened multiple packs before it.

In addition to the tools provided on consoles and smartphones, the FIFA Playtime feature is an additional set of tools provided by FIFA 21 to ensure you understand how the game is being played in your family. It provides not only an overview of the amount of time spent on the game but the number of matches, the FIFA Points purchases, and the number of FUT Packs you open. It also enables you to set limits on these things for your family.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

FIFA 2021 was rated PEGI 3+ Suitable for all ages. Volta Football is a new mode in FIFA 20. It is street football and comes with a story. Some cutscenes depict a heated debate with angry people yelling at each other (without swearing). As is typical in football, it is possible to tackle players. Some of these tackles may leave a player injured. Injury detail is never visibly depicted.

The VSC also highlight that, this game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items in the form of player packs and in-game currency which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. Parents, carers or other responsible adults should check to see what is being offered before making any purchase on behalf of a child. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items.
 
This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 9+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. Younger players can use the simpler control options, and pick better forming teams to balance competiton with older skilled opponents.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

FIFA 21 enables you to set difficulty settings, balance teams and give better players a disadvantage. Change the speed of the game. Adjust the difficulty of individual aspects of play. You can set-up the controls to navigate menus with just the left stick (rather than a combination of buttons) and opt for Two Button or even One Button control modes as outlined in this video from Special Effect.

You can remap controls and keyboard, and use the mouse to move, but can't use one/two-button or mouse modes in ranked online matches. You can set the position and zoom of the camera. Large player indicators. Colourblind friendly mode. Adjust the brightness and contrast. Sound and game effects volume separate. There's an option to have menus read out audibly.

Speech-to-Text, to convert spoken words from other users to text. Text-to-Speech tp convert typed messages to speech for other users to hear.
 
Our FIFA Accessibility Report details 28 accessibility features:


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