MattHDGamer reveals big change to shooting in FIFA 21 beta
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MattHDGamer reveals big change to shooting in FIFA 21 beta

Published: 4/Sep/2020 11:55

by David Purcell

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YouTuber Matthew ‘MattHDGamer’ Craig has finally been given the green light to post FIFA 21 beta gameplay clips, explaining that there are some really noticeable changes to shooting already. 

The beta is a reflection of an early build of EA SPORTS’ next flagship sports game, meaning things are subject to change., as happens every year. Those who didn’t receive a beta code to get their hands on Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Volta, or Pro Clubs early will have been delighted on September 4.

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A flurry of YouTube videos from top creators were posted, having finally been granted access to broadcast the first playable version in the title’s development cycle. With the embargo lifted, MattHDGamer was one of the first creators to post clips and revealed he had spotted many similarities between this version and FIFA 17.

There was one change above all else that caught the eye, though, and that was related to shooting, which has been revamped.

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Shooting improvements have been confirmed by those playing the FIFA 21 beta.

FIFA 21 beta gameplay reveals big shooting change

Developers had previously confirmed that shooting improvements were on the way in the gameplay pitch notes. That doesn’t always necessarily mean things will change dramatically in-game, though the YouTuber was impressed.

Included in his upload was Ultimate Team footage of his first game, as well as a breakdown of other features.

He said: “One feature has been improved that you guys may be surprised about, might not have known about, but finesse shots definitely felt a lot more realistic and also, in general, quite powerful. Some of the finesse shots I was scoring guys, especially 20-25 yards out, even with players like the base Martial card.

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Segment starts at 5:22 in the video below.

“The finesse shots were really good. They’ve definitely improved this FIFA and I think that’s a good thing to be fair,” he added before noting that the pitch notes changes of Player Personality and rebalance of finesse animations were evident.

Anything else changed?

Another feature MattHDGamer said was really prominent was improvements to animations, explaining that unlike previous games where you could easily predict opponent animations to skip by their back line, that’s more difficult this time.

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Player Personality and an overhaul to animations, allowing the cancellation of movements, makes defending look more unpredictable – he says.

In previous pitch notes, EA stated: “Multiple attributes are used to differentiate the effectiveness of players when performing a tackle. For example, when performing a standing tackle we will now use a combination of the Standing Tackle, Defensive Awareness and Aggression attributes.”

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That blend appears to be making a difference even with this early build, and there’s definitely enough encouraging content in this video alone to suggest it could be a big year for FIFA. MattHDGamer will be releasing more FIFA 21 gameplay on his channel shortly, so stay tuned for more intel.

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Viral FIFA 21 clip shows why Virgil van Dijk is worth 500k FUT coins

Published: 13/Oct/2020 16:24

by David Purcell

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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is worth north of 500,000 coins in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, which is an absolutely whopping amount to pay at this stage of the game. But, a viral clip of the defender proves why his price tag is so enormous. 

Last season, when the Merseyside club made securing their 19th English league title a breeze, some fans were calling for their Dutch center back to be given a statue. Some in jest, while others were quite serious about it for the future.

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He’s been a real game changer for the club since his arrival from Southampton, and earned a 90-rated Ultimate Team card in FIFA 21.

With the game rolling out on October 9 for all editions, there’s not really been enough time for the market values of players to settle just yet. According to the FUTWIZ database, he’s valued at over half a million already, on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Van Dijk winning headers is a regular sight in FIFA 21.

Van Dijk FIFA 21 clip goes viral

As usual, members of the game’s online community have been sharing game clips and screenshots of their best findings since release day.

One video in particular has been doing the rounds like no other, showing the central defender making the most of new AI blocks in-game. Though, it’s fair to say it’s no ordinary block.

The ball comes pinging off the left boot of Mohamed Salah, and looks set to hit the top corner of the goal, before van Dijk flies across to the ball and turns it behind for a corner in extraordinary fashion. You’ve got to see this.

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The video, posted by Xav Salazar, has racked up over 2.6 million views at the time of writing. Nobody can quite believe what they’re seeing, but yes, van Dijk looks to be worth the hefty price tag he commands.

If he was doing this game in, game out, you wouldn’t even need a goalkeeper.