FIFA 23 Hands-On Preview: Heralding the End of an Era

IN a press presentation, EA Sports shared the key points we can expect in FIFA 23 and unlocked an early build so we can start playing.

Now that we’ve solved the cover mystery – Kylian Mbappé will be the sole cover star of the International Standard Edition, while Sam Kerr from Australia and Chelsea FC will join him on the Ultimate Edition – it’s time for the pitch to speak .

FIFA 23 wants to be that "Perfect" Version of how EA Sports views football.


FIFA 23 aims to be the “perfect” version of how EA Sports sees football.Photo credit: EA SPORTS

The presentation began with a video celebrating the 30-year partnership between EA Sports and FIFA.

It could be the end of the road for this partnership, but the developer wants people to know he’s doing his best to finish it on a high note.

FIFA 23 is all about inclusivity – it’s ‘The World’s Game’ as it features two World Cups for the first time (men’s and women’s, the former in December, the latter next summer), and in another premiere, women’s football leagues like the FA Women’s Premier League.

In addition, as it strives to provide a welcoming environment for all players, it will feature a training center with challenges and guides for everyone to learn the basics of the sport.

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Finally, “the greatest FIFA game” is intended to introduce cross-play.

Cross-play will allow PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia and PC players to compete in 1v1 matches.

Due to their different feature sets, PS4 and Xbox One players are hosted in a separate pool available only to them, but we’ve been told that work is underway to have them join the larger pool in the future.

So how does FIFA 23 play on the pitch?

This is a “perfect” version of how EA Sports sees football – more of a refinement of what came before than a reinvention.

That’s not to say there’s nothing new for fans.

Power Shot is a good example as pressing R1 + L1 before shooting will ensure you have a stronger and more accurate fur.

Similar to Stunning kick from eFootball 2022, this doesn’t guarantee you a goal from any distance and you still have to learn how to orient it on the net.

We’ve seen impressive shots from players like Haaland that gave goalkeepers no hope, but it’s also true that less skilled strikers and midfielders are likely to stick with reliable corner shots.

Speaking of the new mechanics, free kicks and corner kicks have been completely overhauled and are now much simpler.

You can scroll through a list of free kick types, including ankle and curve shots, and all you have to do is move the right analog stick over a ball at your players’ feet.

Penalties were performed similarly, utilizing the same minimal UI: players must hit the shoot button with the correct timing for it to be successful.

Where you place your shot on the ball is still a matter of using your left analog stick, but this is now extremely sensitive, so make slight adjustments if you don’t want to hit the post.

Plus FIFA 23 features many small details that the most devoted fans will immediately notice.

The game now offers more animations that connect all the different movements of the player – HyperMotion has already added thousands of them and the result was impressive, but this is another step forward.

On high balls, players can stop the ball with their leg and move their body within the same animation, and it all feels incredibly lifelike.

Defenders now have more opportunities to heel-steal a sliding tackle, and the same goes for attackers, who can now pass by hitting the ball with their backs.

However, this early build showed the AI ​​fighting or even seemingly refusing to follow opponents, however this resulted in tennis-like results in most of our games.

That being said, there is still plenty of time until day one and this build was filled with stars like Mbappe, Messi and Neymar Jr who often feel unstoppable even in real football.

The players themselves have been outfitted with eye-catching new details, such as: B. Goaltenders’ fingers now individually deform when touching the ball, or peek when covered, also affecting their ability to dive in time to make a save.

The playfield also now shows the markers when performing a sliding tackle, which is a nice touch.

Running has also been tailored specifically for certain Superstars, and players like Davies, Vinicius and Mbappe will feel incredibly lifelike as they move across the pitch.

Speaking of top players, left-footed footballers are now able to actually perform their tricks with their left foot, something the community has been asking for for ages.

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Over the next few weeks we’ll have much more to share with you about what’s new and changed in FIFA 23, and some of these changes will completely reinvent the way you play some of the iconic game modes in the series.

Stay tuned because the season of EA Sports has just begun.

Written by Paolo Sirio on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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