Google Stadia really impresses at times.
I could never imagine myself exclusively using it and foregoing an actual physical console, but it proves that streaming is a viable option with some pretty enticing advantages. Take FIFA 21, for example, which has just landed on Stadia today; buy it on console or PC and you’ve got to install the thing before you start playing it, and it’s not small. Then you’ve got patches and updates to deal with. Unless you play everyday, you can guarantee that the one time you just want a quick game, there’s going to be one waiting for you to download and install. It’s sod’s law.
Another great thing about FIFA 21 on Stadia is that you’re not tied to just one device. With Chromecast you can play on your big TV in the living room. The next time you play might be via your PC in the home office, or away from home on your laptop. Hell, you could even play on your Android phone or tablet. Suddenly, a whole lot more of your free time can be filled with FIFA, helping you progress your career, develop your Ultimate Team or hone your skills in exhibition matches. All you need is a stable internet connection and you’re set.
So, how does FIFA 21 play on Stadia? Brilliantly, I’m surprised to say. Graphically it’s impressive – about on par with the PC version of the game running at max settings. Even better, it runs at a silky smooth 60fps whatever resolution you decide to play at. As ever with streaming, there’s the worry that lag that might get in the way of an enjoyable gameplay experience, but here it’s imperceptible. As long as you have a stable internet connection you shouldn’t have any issues. If that’s not the case then steer clear – the graphical and audio issues caused by a poor connection, or even worse, lag, can quickly result in a match going awry.
Though anyone who uses Stadia should be aware of that by now. It may be more of an issue when playing something like FIFA 21, but all games suffer when your connection has issues. But those who enjoy typically flawless Stadia sessions will be very pleased with the fact that FIFA 21 has all of the features and modes found in other versions. From VOLTA to co-op matches, there are no compromises that make the Stadia version less desirable than others. And FIFA 21 is a great game, as we discovered in our full review last year.
So, if you’re a football fan that hasn’t picked up FIFA 21 for whatever reason, maybe consider picking it up on Google Stadia. Providing your internet service is up to the task it looks and plays great, and you don’t have to download anything to start playing. Add in the fact that it has all the modes and features you’d expect and you’re onto a winner. It’s available right now via the Stadia Store and there’s currently more than 50% off, allowing you to get in on the action for a very reasonable price.
FIFA 21 is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, Stadia, and PC