FIFA 23 Recap: EA dribbles the same game for the last time

A lot of complaints were filed against FIFA 22: the trifles, the frustration and the grind caused a number of players to throw in the towel.

You know what each issue of FIFA is. It’s the same game with new kits and a brand new coat of paint.

FIFA 23 is more of what you expect.

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FIFA 23 is more of what you expect.Photo credit: EA SPORTS

And that’s exactly what FIFA 23 is. Nothing more, nothing less than exactly what you expect.

Visually, EA Sports blows away the competition with its impressive use of next-gen tech and Hypermotion2.

The developer has worked hard to introduce a range of stunning animations and visual upgrades to keep you entertained.

Players also handle differently than their predecessors. Your old muscle memory may need to be overcome.

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Players with good pace are less of a focus, defensive athletes have been strengthened.

Lower rated players have also received a buff, making them feel more useful early on.

The new Power Shot, a three-button combo that lets you score impressive goals, is a great addition to help you feel like you’re on the pitch.

However, it is hit and miss. The new default mechanic feels weird and you can no longer choose the spot in the box to aim your corners at.

While some changes may feel strange now, it’s important for FIFA to change things up to prevent the meta game from becoming stale.

Focus on your weak FUT

FUT promises changes but mostly stays the same.

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FUT promises changes but mostly stays the same.Photo credit: EA SPORTS

While the gameplay is promising, managing your FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) feels tedious.

There is still no “Claim all rewards” option for introductory cosmetics and minor rewards.

Even though we set up our team in advance via the FIFA companion app, it still took us 30 minutes to start a game after booting up.

With all the paperwork to fill out, you end up spending more time in the office than on the pitch.

FUT Moments is a nice addition for those who enjoy playing in single player mode.

They also allow newbies to cut their teeth before diving in online, and time-poor fans can jump in for 15 minutes and pick up some quick rewards.

There are also new base challenges and weekly tasks that can be completed in exchange for FUT packs.

The first two involve the rise of Mbappé and Klopp’s journey, which makes for a fun alternative way of earning rewards compared to previous grinds.

The new chemistry system means players don’t have to be positioned next to each other to get boosts from sharing a club, league or team.

While it gives players more options to use a variety of players, fans were concerned about the new changes here.

It seems too convoluted and your methods from FIFA 22 should work just as well here.

Chugging through competitive Rivals matches will take you to the promised land of FUT Champions Qualifiers and the biggest weekly rewards you can snag.

It seemed important to do this with a local co-op partner as some mechanics like cross box passing were extremely frustrating.

The rate at which star players are being pulled from FUT packs still feels very low, albeit slightly better than before.

With almost 7000 points to burn through, GLHF managed to draw a few good cards: Dzeko (84), Brozovic (86) and ikon Kakà (87).

The bottom line is that FUT remains pay-to-win.

Online, you’ll meet players with well-established teams who have a little more than luck on their side.

While over time you can build a decent team with lucky pulls, you will beat others with deeper pockets off the offset.

Girls can’t have everything

Women now have clubs but no careers.

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Women now have clubs but no careers.Photo credit: EA Sports

FIFA 23 is the most comprehensive sports game yet, featuring more women’s clubs and teams than ever before and bringing Chelsea’s Sam Kerr to the cover.

This year’s top ranked player is a player and one who totally deserves this award.

Aside from the French and English Premier League editions, an update is promised that will include the Women’s World Cup in time for the event.

Previously, women played like little men wearing the skin of Sam Kerr or Chloe Kelly as their motion capture was based on male players.

EA Sports has taken the time to record female player data, which means women are now playing the way women do.

Currently, however, the women’s leagues are only available in tournament mode, not in manager or career mode.

Next year we were promised additions to the women’s teams.

The Spanish and German league clubs are being added to FIFA 23 and hopefully the career mode change is in the works.

Pro changes the Pro Club

The gameplay in action feels familiar.

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The gameplay in action feels familiar.Photo credit: EA SPORTS

Cross-progression has been added between Pro Clubs and Volta, meaning neither mode is the massive grindfest it used to be.

However, without ten friends with similar skills, each with their own copy of the game and all playing on the same platform, it’s not as fun as it could be.

Career mode has seen some promising changes, although it feels too early to give a full assessment.

Playable highlights help you get through smaller games in mere seconds, which comes in handy since you don’t have much impact on team results early in your career.

While it lacks in content, those who plan to invest heavily in this mode will find the highlights indispensable.

It feels like FIFA 23 is aimed at new players. As all of the changes will feel oddly familiar to veteran fans.

Faster gameplay, simple, rewarding modes, and an overhauled Training Center will keep these new players hooked.

Maybe EA Sports is holding back with its big ideas. Awaiting the release of his brand new series EA Sports FC.

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This will be the last time we play FIFA. Let’s hope the new name brings real change.

FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition, including 4600 FIFA Points, is available now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Stadia. The Standard Edition of the game will be released worldwide on September 30th, including a Legacy Edition for Nintendo Switch.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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