FIFA 21 launched across all major platforms last week, marking what will likely be the franchise’s final chapter for current generation consoles. On top of that, anyone who buys FIFA 21 on PS4 or Xbox One will be eligible for a free upgrade as soon as their next-gen equivalents are released. As for FIFA 21’s gameplay, one of the most fun additions from recent years has been the ability to apply House Rules to a match in Kick-Off mode. Here’s all you need to know about every set of House Rules available in FIFA 21, as well as instructions on how to play each and every one of them.
Mystery ball is a new mode that can be played in Kick-Off or FUT 21. Every single time the ball goes out of play, players are given an attribute boost. The thing is, there’s no way of knowing what that attribute is until you see it in action. It will be a boost to either passing, shooting, dribbling, speed, or all of the above. Goals will also be worth anywhere between one and three, but again, players won’t know how valuable a goal is until it’s scored. The attributes and goal value are shuffled every time the ball goes out of play.
King of the Hill
King of the Hill is an easily explained mode that can be found in a number of different video games in a variety of forms. In FIFA 21, a dotted line will represent the area in which a player will need to try and keep possession of the ball for as long as possible. The longer they do that, the more their next goal will be worth, up to a value of three goals.
This one probably doesn’t need to be explained in too much detail. A game of soccer with a very limited rule set as opposed to no rules at all. Players can’t commit fouls — which means no penalties, free kicks, and red or yellow cards — and also can’t be flagged offside. There are still some rules, of course, such as corners, throw-ins, and goal kicks when the ball goes out of play, but it’s mostly a free-for-all as far as playing by the book is concerned.
Headers and Volleys
This mode is also pretty self-explanatory. Goals in this mode will only count if they are the direct result of a header or a volley, which is when the ball is struck before it hits the ground. Goals scored from penalties and free kicks will also count in this mode.
Survival might be the biggest test of a FIFA player’s ability out of all the sets of House Rules. When a team scores, a random player from said team is ejected from the match. The match will last 90 minutes and a team can have four players ejected from the match before the eliminations stop. That means a game could end up being seven players against 11, which makes for quite the test.
There’s no better feeling in FIFA than scoring a screamer from 30 yards out. It can sometimes feel like these goals should be worth more. Well, in Long Range, they are. While goals from inside the box are worth one, anything scored from outside the box is worth two goals. Finally, an apt reward for scoring absolute belters.
The final game mode is another simple one to explain. Players simply decide on how many goals a team must score in order to win rather than playing for the usual 90 minutes. For example, select three goals, and the winning team will be the first one to score three times — simple as that.
For more on everything new to FIFA this time around, and to find out what we here at TheGamer thought of FIFA 21, check out our review.
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Josh has been gaming for as long as he can remember. That love began with a mild childhood addiction to the Sega Genesis, or Mega Drive since he lives in the UK. Back then, Sonic 2 quickly became his favorite game and as you might have guessed from his picture, the franchise has remained close to his heart ever since. Nowadays, he splits his time between his PS4 and his Switch and spends far too much time playing Fortnite. If you’re a fan of gaming, wrestling, and soccer, give him a follow on Twitter @BristolBeadz.
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