FIFA 23 Review: Too Long and Too Many Questions

FIFA 23 Review: Too Long and Too Many Questions ...

FIFA 23 is now worldwide, and EA Sports is willing to pay for a license renewal. However, the EA Sports contract is due to expiry in late 2022, with the Qatar World Cup and in the middle of FIFA 23''s run, so EA and FIFA have agreed to prolong it again for several months. That means that the new (and last) FIFA game will not be rebranded until the end of the season, but it is also expected to happen next year. Also, be prepared for the memes to follow.

When it comes to visuals, New-gen is pulling away from previous-gen. Although the graphics are basically the same as FIFA 22 on PS4 and Xbox One, there''s more detail in the pitch on FIFA 23 with PS5 and Series S/X in comparison to FIFA 22 on the same platforms. However, the daylight grass feels over-sharpened almost as if the texture and sharpness have been increased to 11.

FIFA 22 is not only in the title, but consistency on the pitch as well. (I played FIFA 23 on a PS5 and an Xbox One X.) It''s very minimal difference between FIFA 22 and FIFA 23, as long as you''re comparing on the same platform generation: PS4 + Xbox One, and PS5 + Xbox Series S/X. In that case EA has upgraded you (after failing to pay PC gamers last year). While FIFA 22 PC was on track with PS5 and Series S/X, the FIFA

The differences between previous and new-gen are larger compared to previous-gen FIFA 23. Despite HyperMotion 2, machine learning, advanced match capture, and a greater pitch size, the new-gen FIFA 23 has withdrawn even further from previous-gen FIFA 23. The AI in particular does not feel as much overpowered, as the ball moves across the surface and in the air in a more believable manner.

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Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid is featured on FIFA 23 photo credits by EA.

Even if the new generation is undesired, high-level players, from Real Madrid''s Luka Modric to Kheira Hamraoui, can easily deposit long shots in the top corner. These include breath-taking outside of the boot flicks, which often swerve and dazzle through the air, lobbing the goalkeeper in mind-boggling ways.

FIFA 23 has introduced a new risk-and-reward shooting system called Power Shot. Taking control of the low-driven shot that is LB + RB + B on Xbox, and L1 + R1 + O on the PlayStation Power Shot does exactly what you think. This gives players more time to position and block it when they trigger it correctly and before it strikes. Obviously, Power Shots don''t give you the same effect, but give you greater freedom to move past keepers, or at least, getting rebounds

If some of those points cross the goal line and go out for a corner, you''ll be greeted with the rewritten format that FIFA 23 carries. EA Sports is changing from the match camera perspective into a third-person view, with a trajectory line giving you a visual representation of the first few yards. It''s not the most intuitive of setups, although you''ve still spent years with the older one. I''ll be able to begin the process several hours in.

HyperMotion 2, Women Clubs, and More are revealed in the FIFA 23 gameplay trailer.

Ansu Fati, a Barcelona player, is taking a break in the FIFA 23 photo credit. Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360 screen shot

On FIFA 23, free kicks and penalties have been revamped. Free kicks behave more or less like the new corners. From a defense perspective, you may now have one of your players lying behind the wall.

It''s time to get rid of all the old stuff. It''s a bit depressing, but EA has taught you to develop a new mechanic before making use of it. Here''s why you need to keep an eye on the ball. If you press the shoot when it''s largest, then you''ll get a win.

FIFA 23 has introduced Hard Slide Tackles R1/RB + O that are designed for tough situations where you don''t care about keeping the ball in play. I''m already in a situation where I got away with a hard tackle from behind with no yellow card, and I''m sure this technique will be eliminated once the 95+ cards enter the fray.

sliding tackles are a common activity in FIFA anyway, especially in higher competitive modes. At least on new-gen, the AI is capable of disseminating passing options while simultaneously encircling the player on the ball. It''s quite effective, and I found it harder to maneuver in tight spaces on FIFA 23.

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Chloe Kelly of Manchester City drew the stage against Chelsea''s Sam Kerr in a FIFA 23 photo credit: EA

Partial Team Press (double tap and hold R1/RB) is a way to help players in FIFA 23. However, the Team Press mechanic that was hidden away in the D-Pad menu has been altered over the years. It''s still an overly aggressive option. EA Sports is developing a solution that works by sending two players to the field, rather than by keeping possession. This is because they cannot use Teammate Contain and Team Press.

AI players are also more proactive in cutting off air through balls than they did on FIFA 22; it''s now tougher to send attackers romping behind them. (It''s even tougher in competitive situations, where semi-assisted lobbed through passes is the new mandatory setting.) Even with Manchester City''s 80 defensive depth, I didn''t encounter many 1-on-1 situations with the attacker clear on goal.

The biggest drawback to FIFA 23 off the pitch is the very, very late introduction of cross-platform play. It''s great news, but it''s still depressingly limited. Given how EA makes so much about football being for everyone, there is plenty of room to choose from. If you are looking to be inclusive, try to avoid ignoring everyone who has a friend.

In FIFA 23, friends can only play against each other in online Friendlies and FUT Play a Friend. That means there''s only one simple way to play with your friends. Volta cross-play? No. Champions League cross-play? No. House Rules? That''s why FIFA 23 is so popular.

Rs. 5 FIFA 23 Pre-Orders will be awarded by EA on the Epic Games Store.

Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain in FIFA 23Photo Credit: EA

Because of the ridiculous 1v1 rule, none of FIFA 23''s co-op modes support cross-play. That includes online co-op seasons, and anything to do with Co-op in FUT including Squad Battles. That''s bizarre. Despite Konami''s unfortunate decision, although Pro Evolution Soccer does not offer cross-play as it should be.

For what it''s worth, cross-play in FIFA 23 was largely a breeze when and where it worked. We did have issues with party chat during one session (it worked fine for me, but not for my friend), and one match died on us in between (you are no longer synced to an online match, it said).

If the goal of integrating cross-play is to increase matchmaking and allow friends across platforms to play with one another, then FIFA 23 is causing havoc on one of the accounts. Also, FIFA is two games now one for previous generation (PS4 and Xbox One), and another for PC, Stadia, and the next generation (PS5 and Series S/X) matchmaking is limited across generations. A PS4 player cannot be matched with one on PS5.

FIFA 23 is being named the first FIFA with cross-play, not only is it a lie, but I would also put a huge asterisk next to it.

FIFA 23 has finally given us women''s leagues, despite the English and French divisions. Unlike men, women''s teams and players are forbidden from playing in competitive modes. I understand their limitations in kick-off and online Friendlies, but what''s stopping EA from permitting them?

I''d argue that women''s teams and players should be allowed everywhere. Let them play Champions League, let them be in Career mode. Why not? The Saudi Pro League already exists, so get out of here. It''s anyway the most ridiculous thing to exist. If players from the Saudi Pro League can get 90+ rating Team of the Season cards in FUT, then there shouldn''t be any talk of women''s players dissatisfied the balance.

It doesn''t matter, apparently. I mean, when did EA begin to care so much about realism anyway?

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In the FIFA 23 photo credit, Jason Sudeikis joins Ted Lasso.

FIFA 23 is allowing Jason Sudeikis'' coach and his players from Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) to Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) and from Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh) to Dani Rojas in any league in Career mode. It''s a fun game, and I''m grateful for it.

If non-existent managers and footballers can compete in real-life men''s leagues in FIFA 23, why can''t actual women''s teams go up against them? EA, there are no excuses.

The game on FIFA 23 is a must-see. It''s fun to play every game early on, but that lustre fades as you enter the EA with playable highlights. This transforms the 90-minute match into bite-sized moments, like a solo run, a counter-attack, or defending a corner.

EA claims that these are based on the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams in question. However, in my time on FIFA 23, whether it be Manchester City or the middling Eredivisie club RKC Waalwijk, there are always one solo run, one counter-attack, one corner, and a free kick. That makes no sense. Who will factor in the varying tactics involved?

Playable Highlights may be beneficial for big matches especially if you''re playing with a small team. However, there''s no football left in it anymore. I''ll take my chances with it as much as I hate the broken Quick Sim.

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FIFA 23 Manager CareerPhoto Credit: EA. Screenshot by Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360: A Playable Highlight example

While playing FUT Moments on FIFA 23, I was confronted with two bugs. On one occasion, the pre-match flag displays and pitch coverings were still visible following the kick-off, until I scored a goal. In another case, a FUT Moment refused to recognize goals scored with rabonas, bicycle kicks, or outside of the boot shots. Is EA okay?

After finishing a match in Pro Clubs, I couldn''t get back to the game, forcing myself to quit.

The Ultimate Team will be involved in a variety of scenarios and challenges, including doing a trick, pulling off a cross, or scoring with a flair shot. Some are time-limited journeys, assuming you''re going through the careers of cover star Kylian Mbappe or Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. It''s a bit like the 2006 FIFA World Cup events.

Two reasons, one, are that most of the FUT Moments take longer to set up than complete. Every time you complete one, you''re thrown back out to the FUT Moments menu. EA would have done better to just throw us into the next one. Two, unlike the 2006 game where you were given a squad to play with, FUT Moments makes use of your FUT squad. These are generally the things you need to spend coins to play them.

The Ultimate Team in FIFA 23 has two in-game currencies. Coins can be acquired by playing, and can be used to buy packs from the in-game store. Stars is now a third FUT currency, which can be earned by playing FUT Moments.

FUT Moments introduces a new currency, Stars, that can help unlock rewards and packs. From an early glance, the demands are high. FUT Moments is like a lot of grind for very little reward, which is basically the definition of FUT.

The biggest issue is that EA Sports doesn''t care about any game mode except the moneymaking FUT. Volta has been slowly reduced over the years, the story mode was first dropped off, then the real-world players, and now even Volta Battles is going on FIFA 23. It appears to be a good thing, as FIFA 23 players won''t need to invest twice the time. However, it''s also a sign of EA''s neglect.

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Jack Grealish, who plays in FIFA 23 photo by Manchester City, is playing in the EA.

Cross-play might be the best thing in years to happen to the 11v11 Pro Clubs I''ve already experienced but unfortunately, we''re stuck with a game and a developer that refuses to spend resources wherever they are needed. EA''s ignorance of all other modes has resulted in a lack of players in both Volta and Pro Clubs at least in the early-access days, where attention is being paid.

EA does not have to pay attention because there is no competition. eFootball is still in a dangerous state despite a yearly update. Other pretenders have no specific timeline for release, but it is also losing its brand name. And although FIFA is years away from developing a console-quality football game, it hasn''t even made a commitment so far.

In a monopoly, you are the default choice. That''s fantastic for FIFA 23, but footballers pay the price.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Impossible long shots, curlers
  • Cross-play is frustratingly limited
  • Women''''s teams can''''t play men''''s
  • No women players in FUT
  • FUT pay-to-win behaviour ignored
  • Power Shot feels arcade-y
  • New corners, penalties unintuitive
  • FUT Moments brings third FUT currency
  • Playable Highlights are a joke
  • Five substitutions not allowed in Online Friendlies

6 out of ten people, rating

FIFA 23 has been released on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X on Friday, September 30.

On Steam, the EA Store, and the Epic Games Store for PC, the price starts at Rs. 3,999 on PS4 and Xbox One, and Rs. 4,499 on PS5 and Series S/X.

Members of EA Play receive a 10% discount on the sticker price. FIFA 23 is available on PC with the EA Play Pro subscription, which costs Rs. 999 per month or Rs. 6,499 per year.