You know, I have been playing the FIFA series since the first game on the Super Nintendo back in the 90s! I get the game every year and this year is very notable as EA Sports FIFA 23 is the last game in the FIFA series. Now, it is not the last football game, as EA will keep making football games, but they will no longer have the FIFA license and instead will be called, EA Sports Football Club.
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The Game Review
I actually spent a great deal of time with the beta (around 30 days) before the full game was released so already, I had put a great deal of time into this year’s FIFA. I had a suspicion going into FIFA 23 that EA would play this one safe. I mean, they need to truly bring it next year as it is their “relaunch” of the series so I had a feeling that no new major features would be added to this year’s game, instead saving them for next year.
Turns out I was right, if you liked FIFA 22, 21, 20, and 19, you will like EA Sports FIFA 23. I will say that the new “Hypermotion2” and advanced dribbling technology makes this play slightly more fluid than it did last year. I felt like I had just a hair more control and that may not sound like a great deal, but as a FIFA veteran, it makes a pretty big difference.
It is Manager Mode that I sink hundreds of hours into each year and with this year’s FIFA they did try and add a few things. They tried to make it more cinematic by adding these cut scenes to Manager Mode, I thought we were getting something similar to The Journey which was their story mode for a few years.
Instead, these cut scenes slow things down, you see the same ones over and over again and they add absolutely nothing to the experience. For the most part, Manager Mode here is the same as it has been for the last five years. The same problems that were here last year are here, it is very frustrating, but at the same time, I would assume any major changes will be saved for next year.
Once again, licensing is king with this year’s FIFA. The number of real leagues, teams, players and so on that are here is phenomenal and as a huge football fan, it makes a ton of difference. I do wonder if their next game will be able to secure all these same licenses as they have in the years past.
One thing that is really cool in EA Sports FIFA 23 is the World Cup modes. They added in the men’s and women’s World Cups and that is pretty awesome. I remember when EA would release a separate World Cup game as well as a FIFA game in the same year, seeing them actually incorporate the World Cup into the core game is something I feel is very cool.
I know that the majority of people get into the FIFA games to my Ultimate Team, but that mode has never appealed to me, to be honest with you. I can tell you though that they have added a bit of cross-platform play, new legends, and a cool tie-in with Marvel like they did last year too. If you liked FUT in the last couple of games, you will like it here.
As someone that puts hundreds of hours into FIFA each year, I am sure I will do it with EA Sports FIFA 23 until the next EA football game is released. If you liked FIFA 22, you will like this, I actually think the more fluid dribbling makes this a better game on the pitch than last year’s game was and that alone makes this a game worth getting if you ask me.
- The new fluid dribbling feels fantastic
- Manager mode despite the lack of new features is as addictive as ever
- No other sports game can match this in terms of licenses
- The inclusion of the World Cup is awesome
- The commentary and music are just God awful and I mute my TV each time I play this!
- I feel like EA has played it very safe next year, perhaps to make sure their new football series is packed with new features