IN A now-confirmed corruption scandal, this year’s FIFA World Cup is taking place in Qatar.
Despite the over 35,000 migrant deaths since the country won the event, its general anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment and, less importantly, the audience fooled into believing beer was being sold the World Cup now in FIFA 23.
Separating actual esports from organization and host country, FIFA 23’s latest mode feels like a disappointment despite being a free edition of the game.
It has been praised by fans for the new decks and little freebies to play in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), and tensions are high as EA Sports predicts Argentina will be the winner thanks to in-game simulations.
But don’t expect the full experience of the standalone games as South Africa 2010 is a particular highlight.
There are only two stadiums to play in, but they have the same level of gloss as the rest of the game.
But with the gloomy mood in Qatar, the atmosphere is missing. There is neither Brazil’s samba nor South Africa’s vuvuzelas.
Commentators joke about past games out of the box, but this is the only World Cup sentiment in place.
Although FIFA 23 has a heavier focus on Pro Clubs and Volta this year, Captain Your Country is surprisingly absent.
You’ll be less connected to this World Cup during gameplay, although the World Cup Live mode allows you to play the games as they’re happening.
The classic tournament mode is here, of course, although you can’t modify your team from the real-world lineup, giving you less control over the game.
The outside of the footshot remains overpowered despite being removed from competitive play, and it’s easy enough to secure the world championship with whatever team you’re up against.
Qualifiers have been removed, meaning there isn’t the challenge of trying to get an outside team to take home the crown.
However, some non-qualifying countries were added, like Italy, likely due to the nations love of football.
The Online Kick-Off Tournament lets you compete against players from all over the world, but unfortunately there were only about 1,000 players at any given time.
That means you probably won’t make it to the finals due to the limited number of people you can compete with.
Most of the effort for the World Cup went into FUT, even if there is no special mode for it.
More cards have been added than ever before, which of course encourages people to shell out for FUT packs.
You can also collect World Cup players much like you might have when you were a kid by filling out your Panini sticker book, but EA will be removing them on January 4th.
The World Cup goals are a nice touch, though, with cards you can buy with World Cup tokens left on your team after the cup.
These tokens are available in abundance, and there are many rewards to choose from, keeping replayability high and a bit easier on the wallet.
Path to Glory cards also level up as your players progress through the tournament as follows:
- Promotion to the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals each grants a +1 in-form upgrade
- Advancement to the semifinals earns player items 5* Weak Foot
- Advancement to the final awards player items with 5* Skill Moves
- Winning the FIFA World Cup earns players another +1 in-form upgrade, along with three select traits tailored to the player’s position
Daily Worlds Matchday Moments are a nice touch and are available throughout the tournament, including some from Worlds history.
The problem here is that many players are boycotting the World Cup due to the controversy and this essentially means boycotting FUT as well.
However, if you don’t mind the Qatar sports lingerie, you’ll probably enjoy all the additions to FUT, although you’ll probably be disappointed with the main mode.
Written by Alex Bugg and Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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