All right, that’s enough. Ever since EA first brought it FIFA series to switch with FIFA 18Nintendo fans have received a smaller version of the game that is visible on other systems. We initially gave EA the benefit of the doubt and challenged it to port a game to a less powerful user-based system that hadn’t seen a new FIFA game in half a decade.
We even smiled when the game’s producer explained in interviews that the reason why the Switch version has fewer modes than the Xbox One and PS4 versions is because the story of “Journey”
In the following years, however, EA continued to exchange the Switch, and so far, with the second consecutive Legacy Edition, it is clear that there is no interest in providing a game that offers something remotely new or improved for Switch owners. So with that in mind, we have no interest in recommending anyone to buy FIFA 21, or.
If you are familiar with the Legacy Edition brand, you already know what to expect here: not many. There are no new game modes, no new features, nothing to separate this game from last year’s game, except the mandatory updates of the team and the set. If you own FIFA 20 on the Switch, FIFA 21 is practically the same game.
Of course, if you have a FIFA 20 on Switch, you’ve probably already gone through that, because this game is also a Legacy Edition based on FIFA 19. And in fact – as we have already revealed in our review of FIFA 18 – the whole FIFA series of Switch has always are based on the Legacy Edition of FIFA 18 for Xbox 360 and PS3; this means that for the past four years, Switch owners have been playing virtually the same version of the Xbox 360 FIFA 17 with EA, who has no real interest in changing things much.
This obviously means that all the basic features added to the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game in the last few years have not been ported to Switch again. Football on Volta Street? Forget it. The improved career regime with the new training opportunities? No way: you’re still stuck with the Xbox 360 and PS3 FIFA 17 career mode, which itself has remained unchanged since FIFA 15. This means that the basic single player mode of the Switch has not changed, as Steven Gerrard is still a player, not a team manager who wins nothing (revelation: this reviewer is a supporter of the Celts – here we go 10 in a row).
Perhaps most exciting of all is that Ultimate Team, traditionally the most popular mode in FIFA, is included here, but it is a complete waste of time. It’s almost as if EA just detained him to remind Switch players what they are could enjoy if they’ve bothered to buy the game on another system: you know, systems where people actually spend money on microtransactions, so it’s worth taking the time to develop.
For starters it is half baked. Well, ah quarter Baked. It is based on the Ultimate Team mode from a few years ago and has no new features such as Squad Battles, FUT Champions, Stadium Customization or Seasons (where you perform tasks within a certain period of time to win XP and unlock special players). On top of that, the fact that no one is playing it means that the transfer market is a ghost town; at the time of writing there are 19,000 players listed for transfer, compared to over a million of the Xbox One version. All is well and good to trumpet that you have the Ultimate Team of the Switch when it does not share the Xbox or PlayStation ecosystems and you are left to compete with three boys and a dog.
Disappointingly, this is a Catch-22 situation. If asked about this, EA will no doubt claim that no one is releasing this on the Switch, so there is no point in investing additional resources to improve it. The point is that no one will play something that is obviously insufficient and frankly lower than what is offered in other systems. We’re not talking about terrain gameplay: of course, the Switch is a less powerful system, so that’s understandable. But in terms of features no technically reason why Ultimate Team may not have all the options that other formats do.
Instead of separating the Switch version of Ultimate Team from that of other systems, EA had to consider the possibility that the Switch version would be an accompanying part. FIFA’s mobile and web applications make you log in to your EA account and then you can mess with your Xbox and PlayStation FIFA teams, participate in Squad Building Challenges, sell players and the like. If the Switch version offered this, instead of insisting that you have your own standalone Switch team, EA would suddenly offer a tempting offer: play your Xbox or PlayStation Ultimate Team at home, then take your team on the go and keep improving it. Switch. If Fortnite allows you to merge your account between systems, we’re sure EA could understand it.
Instead, we were left with a lame duck; a mode that no one plays in a game that no one buys because it’s a version that no one has bothered to improve. And we all know how this is going to happen in the end, because we’ve already seen this game on the Wii U; EA will eventually stop making FIFA on Switch altogether and will claim that bad sales was a waste of time, essentially shifting the blame onto Switch owners for not gratefully passing on almost the full price to play severely insufficient , a second-class game that sees remarkable improvements each year to other systems.
The reality is that we are not idiots, and Switch’s user base does not consist of second-class citizens. It is now estimated that the overall sales of the Switch have exceeded those of the Xbox One and this is taken into account a four-year start. It may be a less powerful system, but the user base is undoubtedly there and Nintendo is once again in a position of power where its players do not need a curtsey and gratefully kiss the feet of any third-party publisher who generously decide the grace system with its presence.
Say what you like about the nonsense of 2K Sports microtransactions, but at least it manages to achieve full system parity every year with NBA 2K switch games; instead of suffocating us with nonsense about how its story mode is “only possible with the power” of a particular engine, or how the glass brains of switch owners are too delicate to handle any mode without breaking into a million pieces, he just handles it and makes it work. 2K proves that if you actually put in the work, you can create a brilliant switching port that doesn’t apologize for the hardware it works on.
Meanwhile, companies like Konami (which admit they didn’t even bother to try to bring Pro Evolution Soccer to the switch) at least confirm when they have reached the end of the road and no longer bother to update their games. This year, Konami decided to focus most of its work on upcoming next-generation PES versions, so it released a “Season Update” (ie Legacy Edition) on the Xbox One and PS4 and took just £ 25 for him in the UK. EA, meanwhile, is trying to get you to fork over £ 44.99 / $ 50 for what it really is. fourth Inherited edition of FIFA 17.
Let’s face it, we all know why FIFA was put on the Switch in the first place while fans of Madden,, NHL and others like that without ever getting a port switch. The microtransactions of Ultimate Team are a huge spinning money for EA and apparently hoped the lightning would continue to hit the Switch. What no However, rely on the fact that Switch owners are reluctant to accept a version of FIFA that does not have the same modes that other players enjoy, and so – when it became clear that Ultimate Team is not the same magic tree of money. Nintendo’s system – EA closed shop and went down the road Legacy Edition.
If EA wants FIFA to sell a decent number of Switch, it must stop pretending that Switch is not a viable platform and must stop insulting its owners by throwing Legacy Editions on this thing as if it were an equalization system. of his life, not a thriving console that continues to break sales records. We are frankly bored to say “oh, but it’s still a good game, so here’s a half-decent result for it anyway.” Fool us once and for all.
Here we recommend that you buy a cheaper version of FIFA 20 or FIFA 19 instead, because this is exactly the same game. But what is this? Oh dear, it seems that FIFA 20, FIFA 19 and FIFA 18 have magically disappeared from eShop, which means that FIFA 21 is the only real option for anyone who wants to buy FIFA digitally on the switch! We are sure that this is a technical problem and definitely isn’t EA trying to force players to buy the latest name of an old game. We are also sure that our belly buttons are there because the price was attached to us there when our parents bought us at the baby store.
We’re done with the FIFA on the switch. Don’t buy this game. If you do, you are actively informing EA that it is perfectly fine to make zero effort and receive stupid money in return. It used to be bad enough, but to actually remove any other version of the game from eShop is ridiculous. Either find a physical copy of the FIFA 20 or FIFA 19 on sale somewhere cheap or try to come to terms with the fact that FIFA is dead on the Switch until EA decides to take its finger off and offer something worth buying instead of inevitably blaming us for not being stupid enough to accept a lower product.