FIFA 21 already had 7 updates - has it really gotten any better?

 Proud 7 title updates have already appeared for FIFA 21 , although the latest FIFA offshoot is less than 3 months old. But did all of the updates really improve the game?

Like last year , numerous patches have appeared in the latest FIFA installment. These brought some gameplay changes and a lot of bugs improved.

We're looking at the biggest gameplay changes and clarifying whether the game is really better now than it was when it was released.

What updates were there? Since the release (October 6, 2020), numerous updates have appeared at very short intervals:

  • Title Update 1 - October 2nd, 2020
  • Title Update 2 - October 7, 2020
  • Title Update 3 - October 15, 2020
  • Title Update 3.1 - October 21, 2020
  • Title Update 4 - October 29, 2020
  • Title Update 5 - November 12, 2020
  • Title Update 6 - November 25, 2020
  • Title Update 6.1 - December 2nd, 2020
  • Title Update 7 - December 9, 2020

If you include the additional updates 3.1 and 6.1, you even get a total of 9 patches in about 8 weeks. For comparison: FIFA 20 received a total of 7 title updates in the first 8 weeks after the release.

Have the updates really made FIFA 21 better?

What has changed with the updates? Title Update 3 brought the first major gameplay changes. Here, various skill moves were adjusted:

  • The too strong "Elastico" was weakened a little and
  • other tricks like the "sombrero flick" and "ball roll / scoop turn" have been corrected as they did not work properly.

Title Update 4 finally improved a major gameplay nuisance - the referees. Before the update, they handed out far too many yellow cards and ended games too early. The patch improved this problem.

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This was followed by Title Update 5, which mainly took care of the D-Pad tactics.

  • The tactics “pressure after mistakes”, “pressing after losing the ball” and “constant pressure” have become more effective.
  • In addition, the tactics of excess numbers on the ball side and team pressing were nerfed.

Title Update 6, which finally took care of the automatic AI blocks for defense, was really important. These were just too strong and prevented far too many shots on goal in the penalty area. In addition, the speed boost was significantly reduced after climbing over.

Finally, the title update 7 appeared. This patch addressed the referee logic again, so that yellow cards are distributed more sensibly and last-man fouls are assessed more logically. In addition, the sharply shot flat flank was slowed down and another speed boost was removed. This time it hit the boost after faking a shot.

It has to get even better now: Despite the many gameplay changes, there are still construction sites in FIFA 21 that are important to the community (via reddit ). There is talk of problems with

  • too slow gameplay,
  • manual defense,
  • Goalkeepers who hold too weak and
  • especially server issues affecting gameplay.

Is FIFA 21 better now than when it was released? Every FIFA player has to decide for himself whether FIFA 21 is actually better than when it was released. However, the fact is that EA has adjusted the gameplay at important points and corrected major errors. Tricks and tactics that were too strong were weakened and the referees became fairer.

In addition, adhere to the current meta and in shots on goal hardly changed anything. The game plays similarly to the release, just a little fairer and without excessive AI blocks that made defending too easy. If the existing construction sites are tackled now, FIFA 21 is playfully on the right path.

What do you think of FIFA 21 right now? Can you enjoy the gameplay?

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