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'FIFA 21’ Announces A Host Of New Gameplay Features, Including Rewinds

'FIFA 21’ Announces A Host Of New Gameplay Features, Including Rewinds

EA Sports have dropped a brand new gameplay trailer for the upcoming FIFA 21 showcasing a whole host of new features that players can get stuck into on the pitch.

The trailer (which you can check out below) highlights things like agile dribbling, a natural collision system, gameplay rewinds and more. So what exactly does all this mean? Well, let's break it down.

In a very lengthy post on EA's website, the devs boast FIFA 21 as offering "more ways to get creative on and off the ball" as it picks apart some newly touted features, many of which seem to have come as a result of community feedback. The very extensive post details a lot of nuanced changes, but the main ones we've highlighted below. For more in-depth explanations be sure to check out the article itself.

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First up, is something that apparently runs through the core of these changes, which EA are calling 'player personality'. The blog post reads: "One of our goals is to ensure that world class players can perform as effectively as their real life counterparts; showcasing the personality of players who are talented in multiple areas and shine brightly in the world's game."

In short, this means that more variables will be taken into account when assessing an individual player's ability. The given example states that now a simple through pass's accuracy will be decided by short passing, long passing, vision and composure attributes, as opposed to just short and long passing in previous games. Sounds good in theory.

FIFA 21 / Credit: EA Sports
FIFA 21 / Credit: EA Sports

Agile dribbling is being implemented to give fast attackers who are quick with their feet a more natural-feeling edge against defenders, allowing them to keep the ball close and explode away at the drop of a hat.

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While every player will have the ability to dribble, only those with high dribbling, agility, reactions and ball control attributes will be able to make much use of it. Unlucky to all the donkey-footed defenders out there.

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Next up is creative runs. No, not those kinds of runs. Broken down into a few sub-categories, these essentially allow you to control what your players are doing off the ball, making mince-meat out of defences for devastating attacks. Directed runs, directed pass-and-go and player lock all require deft flicks of the right stick to accomplish, and again, you can check out how exactly to do these on the blog post.

FIFA 21 / Credit: EA Sports
FIFA 21 / Credit: EA Sports

FIFA 21 has also overhauled its free-ball encounters, to try and make the game flow more smoothly. Anybody who's played FIFA 20 can attest to the comedy of errors that sometimes happen when the ball is loose in the box, with AI players literally tripping over themselves as they flail helplessly.

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Speaking of AI players, there's also the introduction of Competitor mode. The blog reads: "This is a brand new way to play against the CPU AI that aims to replicate the play styles of some of the best FIFA Pro Players in the world." Essentially, if you thought Legendary or Ultimate difficulties were too easy, Competitor Mode aims to replicate the skill level of elite FIFA players for you to try your hand against. Best of luck with that one.

FIFA 21 / Credit: EA Sports
FIFA 21 / Credit: EA Sports

The final big new thing to highlight here, is the new rewind feature. Only usable in the game's Kick-Off mode (sorry toxic FUT players) you can now take the action back by up to 30 seconds at a time if everything goes a bit pear shaped. By pressing all four shoulder buttons on a controller, the game time will slip back half a real-world minute for a second shot at goal, a tricky dribble, risky tackle etc.

There are a litany of other updates mentioned in the post, even going so far as to break down new player animations and a whole heap of new button configurations, but it would take me all year to synopsise them for you, so I'll save us all the pain of that and again direct you towards EA's website where you can read up before the game's release.

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FIFA 21 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 6th, and these changes will also be included in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game, whenever they land.

Featured Image Credit: EA Sports

Topics: FIFA 20

Mark Foster

Gaming Editor at LADbible who's managed to survive 5 years writing in the gaming industry despite having a degree in music. Favourite games will include anything with a red hot story, management sims or sports games that have a very easy difficulty setting.