FIFA is easily the most selling and popular football game in the world. However, when it comes to specific game modes such as career mode, it can be a letdown, especially when you compare it to NBA 2K or Football Manager.
In this short piece, I will look back at FIFA in the previous years and why we should not expect much from FIFA 21 career mode.
We know Ultimate Team is the cash machine for EA, and when it comes to improving parts of the game, EA will likely once again push forwards into Ultimate Team. This means, fans of the career mode, will be left behind. Whilst minor improvements will be made specifically for career mode; we will not be the core focus, once again.
Previous Improvements in FIFA Career Mode
It’s all great to celebrate when Champions League was added to FIFA, and new cutscenes came to career mode. But, it was always minimal additions that did not affect the dynamics of career mode and how the player played it. Most of the improvements were minor and visual rather than sim based.
With FIFA 21, we have heard and seen, that they are bringing back the ‘jump in’ feature, meaning we don’t have to play or sim the game, but get to half time and instead jump in to play — if we like. This feature has been requested for so long, and games like NBA 2K have had it for years, so it’s only right it has been added after so many years of requesting it.
As much as it plagues me to say, EA has been disappointing over the past decade with FIFA. The menu layouts, bugs, lack of improvements in areas hardcore fans have enjoyed over the years, have made EA’s lack of excitement for the game transparent. With this in mind, I predict that FIFA 21 will be just a skin upgrade with a few new gameplay improvements, that should have been in the game long ago. In terms of career mode, I expect very little; luckily, we still have the superb Football Manager game by Sports Interactive.