FIFA 23 brings back career mode with some much-needed gameplay upgrades.
Career mode used to be a popular way to enjoy FIFA games until it fell out of mainstream success in favor of online modes.
EA Sports has now changed the formula in hopes of bringing more players into the action.
Those who don’t want to sink their lives into live service modes like FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) might find the new career mode a viable alternative.
The trailer for the updated mode just came out, so now we know all the big changes along the way.
Here’s everything you need to know about upgrading FIFA 23 career mode.
What are the player career changes in FIFA 23?
FIFA’s career mode has historically been compared unfavorably to the NBA’s My Career, but the new updates hope to change that.
In FIFA 23, players have a personality system with three distinct playstyles.
During games, players can earn attribute boosts based on how they play.
There are three ways to unlock: Maverick, Heartbeat, and Virtuoso.
The way you play earns you personality points that go into each of these traits.
This means you can use your personality as a player to get bonuses in certain skills.
Players who aim to become Mavericks will receive bonuses to attributes such as shooting, attack positioning, and speed.
This is best for forwards who work hard but also earn and spend big.
In this context, think of Cristiano Ronaldo or Kylian Mbappé, the cover star of FIFA for the third year in a row.
Those who go down the Heartbeat path are more suited to defenders or midfielders as it improves your defensive attributes such as passing, sight, crossing and reaction.
They spend their money on charity and public relations.
Try to collect personality points here if you want to be like Gerard Piqué or N’golo Kanté.
Those who want to become a virtuoso will improve skills like agility and playing with your weaker foot.
This style suits forwards or midfielders who are spending their money to improve.
Virtuosi are stylistically similar players like Karim Benzema or Erling Haaland.
You can still earn these points by making choices in the menu.
Reaching the top of your favorite personality tree gives you a big boost in attributes and you reach absolute level.
There will also be major changes in the way money works.
Players can now transfer money they earn as part of their contract.
This is to encourage people to negotiate the best possible deal when transferring.
Purchasable experiences include hiring a personal trainer that gives more power, a 25% boost to Training XP, and Virtuoso Points.
Donating to local schools earns you Heartbeat Points.
Purchasing a luxury watch will earn you Maverick Points.
Some items enhance two personality traits. For example, buying an electric car gives both Virtuoso and Maverick points.
Players can also build relationships with teammates to get better results, such as by buying them birthday gifts.
There are also purchasable items that can have negative consequences and even lose personality points.
Money can also be invested for a chance at greater rewards.
Each investment method comes with a different level of risk, from phone apps that present low risk to high-risk trades in the stock market.
As you advance in your career, more investment opportunities such as clothing brands will open up to you.
What are the manager mode changes in FIFA 23?
While FIFA prides itself on having real players in the game, managers have been left to the custom creation.
For the first time in FIFA 23, you can choose to play as your own manager or choose one of over 350 real managers.
Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard all scanned their likenesses and put them into the game.
EA Sports has also added new information for managers to let you know how your newest players are doing.
The board now provides players with a full transfer analysis, including scoring, fan reactions and a comparison to the performance of other players on your team.
You will also find out whether the player you just bought was worth the money.
If you’re thinking of selling, you’ll also find out if you already have a suitable replacement or if there’s a potential junior player who could make it into the big leagues.
This will make it easier than ever to decide whether to trade or save each player.
Create Your Club fans can edit their club’s third kit and
You can also make other changes to your clubs, e.g. For example, edit individual player names, height and weight, appearance, positions, attributes and even some of their animations.
Overall, what changes have been made to FIFA 23’s career mode?
Whether you’re a manager or a player, you can save the time you spend watching each game with playable highlights.
That means that instead of watching every full four-minute half, you can skip to the juicy bits of each game.
As a player, you can now choose to only participate in highlights that involve your character.
Or you can look at just attacking or defending highlights as a manager or player depending on your focus.
Highlights are based on attributes, match between teams, and also take into account player fitness and morale.
FIFA 23 has added new cutscenes to key moments like your arrival at a new club, signings, big player sales and team debuts.
All career mode menus have also been redesigned.
The layout is much simpler, with the main page giving you a general overview of your player or team.
The game now remembers your most used sections so you can find them faster.
Preseason tournaments have adopted a new structure.
They are set much closer to the start of the season, so your player or team will benefit more from these games.
Now you play three games in an eight-team tournament, and only the winners receive prize money to boost their transfer fund.
FIFA 23 brings a greater focus to women’s football, including the top English and French leagues and, for the first time, the Women’s World Cup.
However, EA hasn’t confirmed if this inclusion extends to a female version of career mode.
FIFA 23 is available to pre-order now, with the Ultimate Edition coming out on September 27th.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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