Football Cup 2021 Review (Nintendo Switch)

The fields of the most famous stadiums glow under the spotlight and are ready for your team. Explore the vast amounts of uniquely designed levels and fight your way through each tournament phase! Meet the legends in the finale and show them how it is done! Claim all your trophies and become a beacon of soccer experience.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 259MB download size.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • Daily achievements list.
  • Football gameplay.
  • Trophy room-basics, daily challenges, and events.
  • Basics-tutorial based events where you get a handful of attempts at actions like shooting, passing. It’s all displayed on a Web of events and you can pick your route.
  • Power bar is used for shots/passes. Press to start the bar build up then let go.
  • Achievements pop up on the screen when unlocked.
  • Overall rank and you earn exp by playing and doing events.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Well presented.
  • Can retry events.
  • Basics have repeatable mini-games.
  • Teams-world and club teams from Europe, America, and others.
  • Career-daily challenges, Europa, Copa Del Sur, Champions Cup, tournament and season.
  • Daily challenges have online leaderboards and you can win rewards for the next day.
  • Arrows on your character act as a gauge for stamina when running.
  • Trick button.
  • Tackling has a cool lock-on feature, press and hold A to home in and tackle a player.
  • Six game modes- classic, ultra rush, zero defense, bouncy ball, crazy power and thunder kicks.
  • Weather types-random, sunny, rain, and snow.
  • All teams have a rating using a 0-100 rating.
  • Match length-2/4/6/8 and 10 minutes.
  • Copa Del Sur and Champions Cup-seven mini-games where you earn 1-3 stars and unlock the tournament.
  • Can edit all team and player names.

The fields of most famous stadiums glow under the spotlight and are ready for your team. Explore the vast amounts of uniquely designed levels and fight your way through each tournament phase! Meet the legends in the finale and show them how it is done! Claim all your trophies and become a beacon of soccer experience.

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Not official teams and names.
  • Only one control layout.
  • No mini-map to help with passing.
  • Shooting is tricky.
  • Ai pathfinding is all over the place.
  • No commentary.
  • No goal celebrations choice.
  • Don’t see the point in the events before a tournament/Cup.
  • No difficulties.
  • Doesn’t have any online modes.
  • You can have kit clashes.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Football Cup 2021 is a football game with a heavy emphasis on mini-games and arcade football. How you start to play this game is up to you but it has a basics mode where you can go through and do set events like passing, shooting, and playing some fun mini-games. Football Cup goes for a power bar passing and shooting system that I remember last seeing in Pro Evo (it’s been a while), it works well but you get no pass assistance so if you aren’t looking at your team mate straight on then chances are you won’t be successful. Shooting is much the same but you do get an aiming arrow which negates some stress. With no mini-map or view options picking out teammates and judging anything is tricky. The game does do a good job of keeping the controls simple and even as a goalie in penalties is a case of pressing left or right. You get a trick button that changes what trick you do depend on direction and speed. I would have liked to see more in terms of customisation for kits, more locations to play in, and not having to be forced to play daily challenges just to unlock game modes. Speaking of game modes it seems quite bizarre to have a set of events before a tournament. I mean the events are better than the actual football but it’s still a weird choice. Speaking of weird, it’s top drawer weirdness that in this day and age we have a football game that doesn’t have local and/or online multiplayer, maybe it’s just me but hey. Overall it’s an alright football game but it takes a lot of getting used to the clunky movement, lack of modes but the mini-games are brilliant and the best part. I just like my football games to be fast and flowing where as here it’s clunky but shines in mini games.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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