FIFA (Series)

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

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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It's worth noting that if you are willing to play with out of date players, you can opt for older versions of FIFA for a fraction of the price.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.

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.
 
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

You can try this game in a free demo. 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.

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita. You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

This game is free with Origin Access. This game is free with EA Access.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

FIFA 2020 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.


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 20 supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: Different difficulty settings, balance teams and give better players a disadvantage. Change the speed of the game. Adjust the difficulty of individual aspects of play.
  • Reading: There is some reading of stats and scores during the game. Subtitles provided in the story mode of the game.
  • Controls: 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.
  • Image calibration: You can set the position and zoom of the camera. Large player indicators. Colourblind friendly mode. Adjust the brightness and contrast.
  • Audio calibration: Sound and game effects volume separate. There's an option to have menus read out audibly.
  • Online: 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.
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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Similar Games

The following games are like FIFA. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to FIFA for younger age ratings.

FIFA is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to FIFA in the following lists:

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 

Free With Origin Access

Origin Access is a subscription service for PC, smartphones and tablets, offering access to games include all those published by EA.
  • Basic (£3.99/Month) grants access to games but not other in-game purchases. Very new games are sometimes restricted to a demo.
  • Advance (£14.99/Month) grants access to even the newest EA games and includes in-game purchases.

 

Free With EA Access

This is a subscription service for PlayStation or Xbox that gives you access to EA games. It also offers trial access to the newest EA games not included in full. Although not comprehensive some in-game purchasable content is also provided for free.
  • Monthly (£3.99)
  • Annually (£19.99)
For families, the trial access to new games is actually a great feature. You get 10 hours which in many cases enables you to play the game as much as if you purchased it -- either from children getting bored of the game, or adults not having enough time to finish them. If you do want to carry on you just pay for the game (with 10% discount) and your progress is kept.

It's worth noting that there are differences in the games for PlayStation and Xbox. On Xbox you can access titles like the original Mass Effect trilogy that are supported on that system's backward compatibility.
 

Designed For Reduced Motor Function

These games’ mechanics and options make it possible to adapt the experience to be accessible for people depending on your physical capabilities.
  • Remap Controls: Remapping buttons and swapping joysticks (like Fortnite) help customize the player’s way to interact with the game, also helping players that use only one hand.
  • No Holding: Some games (like Moving Out) also offer the option to avoid having to hold any buttons down for actions like aiming, opening or equipping. You can use simple taps or toggles instead to reduce muscular fatigue.
  • Sensitivity: Some of these games (like Fortnite) also enable you to adjust control sensitivity as well as controller vibration if that is present.
  • Fewer Buttons: Simpler controls (like FIFA) are good to consider, as well as those that offer extensive difficulty settings.
  • Speed: Reducing how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) is a helpful setting.
  • Difficulty: Offering customisable difficulty, like how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) or adding invincibility (like Celeste), and other features allow tailoring the game to the player’s needs.
This list and accessibility details in each game was compiled the help of Antonio Ignacio Martínez and Kyle “onehandmostly”. Please be aware that options may vary depending on the platform you choose to play. Also there is no game that works the same for everyone, so be mindful of your own needs when considering this information.
 

First Steps Into Online Video Games

One of the most exciting aspects of modern video games is playing with other people online. It's a big step from playing something like Mario Kart with family and friends in the same room to going online to play with people you don't know.

The games in this list offer small steps to go from local play to online play. Some games, like Roblox are designed for young players with lots of special safety settings. Other games, like Sky, are designed to lead players into co-operating with each other with in-game purchases you give away, and interactions that start limited and expand as you gain experience. Then there are co-operative games like Ibb and Obb where you work together and communicate with gestures on the screen.

You can use Family Settings and Parental Controls on your system to limit how your child interacts with other players online. As well as finding the right games to get them started, it's also important that you play with them and keep game screens in shared family spaces so you can see what they are doing.
 

Compete In Esports

Some video games require a high amount of skill and experience to play. These have developed into competitive sports with high profile competitions and big prize money. Although it can seem a little strange to think of a video game as a sport, the challenge, focus, training, instinct and skill required means that players at the top of these leagues and competitions have approach the pastime like athletes approach sporting prowess.

Image 165 Less obvious than the big prizes and high profile winners are the aspects of esports that can lead to a diverse set of skills suitable for a range of digital careers. Digital Schoolhouse, a not-for-profit programme delivered by the UK games industry trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment), has been using an annual e-sports schools tournaments to teach technology and digital skills.

Students aged 12-18 years participate as players or fulfil professional roles crafted by the video games industry, for educational purposes. They manage the event itself, photograph the action, organising production logistics, referee, commentate on live match streams, manage team community, logos and branding and even deal with most of the paperwork themselves.

Whether it’s the Digital Schoolhouse programme or something similar, finding a way to inspire and cheer on children towards a career in video games not only opens a door to their future, but creates a healthy understanding of the industry today.
 

Ease Loneliness With Intergenerational Games

There are many reasons, stages of life and circumstances that can leave us feeling isolated and lonely (and of course at the moment this is intensified with the virus lockdown). Being unable to be in the same place as loved ones. Not understanding the modern world. Barriers of mobility or impairments. Social anxiety and other mental health issues.

Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun.

Image 171 The games on this page are part of the PLAY&TALK Weekend, which has launched in time for National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online. Backed by over 30 companies in the games industry, the Play&Talk weekend hopes to initiate 10,000 extra conversations across the UK through the power of games.
All the games have been select to be easy to play for new gamers and many of them have been used in a broad range of cultural settings, being incorporated into Cathedral services, arts festivals, well-being retreats and educational contexts.
 
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