Millions of FIFA fans around the world are heading back to the pitch with FIFA 23 from EA Sports. Available now for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The latest edition of the world’s best selling sports video game series includes many new features such as the next evolution of HyperMotion2 technology and women’s club teams with the inclusion of the Barclays Women’s Super League and Division 1 Arkema.
Additionally, FIFA 23 allows you to experience the pinnacle of both men’s and women’s international football with the men’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. Moreover, FIFA 23 features cross-play throughout multiple online game modes.
Let’s take a look at some of the new technology and features announced by EA Sports.
FIFA 23 Details
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch (Legacy Edition)
Reviewed on: Xbox Series X
Developer(s): EA Vancouver, EA Romania
Publisher(s): EA Sports
Modes: Single player, multiplayer (cross-play)
Introduced for the new generation of consoles and PC hardware, HyperMotion returns this year on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Unfortunately, if you’re playing on Nintendo Switch, PS4, or Xbox One, you’ll get the same set of pre-made animations from the previous year. That being said, a new motion system on next-gen hardware adds more realistic player movements to make it look like a real player.
The overall result is smoother movement and a smoother on-pitch experience. HyperMotion 2 does this by using motion capture and machine learning technology to produce more natural-looking animations. It took me a few games to notice the difference.
It’s a subtle change, but it makes a big difference. The new engine adds over 6000 new animations to the game, making the action on the field look more realistic than ever. I can’t help but feel that the promise of HyperMotion 2 isn’t fully realized, but it’s a step in the right direction.
For the first time, women’s club teams
Quite possibly one of the biggest and best additions to FIFA 23 is the addition of women’s club teams with Barclays Women’s Super League and Division 1 Arkema. There are more than 19 000 players across more than 700 teams in over 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues.
This makes FIFA 23 the only place you can play UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONMEBOL Sudamericana, Premier League, Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander in the same game.
In FIFA 22, EA Sports tested out cross-play with Online Friendlies and Online Seasons. However, in FIFA 23 cross-play has been expanded to more game modes. Cross-play is available in FUT Division Rivals (except Co-Op), FUT Champions, FUT Ultimate Online Draft, FUT Online Friendlies (except Co-Op), FUT Play a Friend, Online Friendlies, and Online Seasons (except Co-Op Seasons).
Additionally, cross-play is available for players on the same platform generation. This means, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC versions of the game will be cross-play compatible. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA 23 will be cross-play compatible with one another.
A variety of mode advancements and innovations across multiple modes
In addition to Hypermotion2 and the addition of women’s club teams, FIFA 23 includes a variety of mode advancements and innovations. These span across Career Mode, Pro Clubs, VOLTA FOOTBALL, FIFA 23 Ultimate Team and more. And, the new Training Centre coaching system gives those who are new and less experienced the ability to easily learn the fundamentals of gameplay and hone their skills.
FIFA 23 builds on last year’s success and adds new ball control mechanics. These new ball control mechanics give you more control over the ball, making it easier to maintain possession and create some pretty spectacular moves. This is especially noticeable when playing on higher difficulty settings where the player AI is set to be more aggressive.
For me, one of the most significant gameplay changes comes in the form of set pieces. Free kicks and corners have been completely redesigned to give you more control over how you approach them. You can spin the ball, change its trajectory, direction, curl, and more. This gives you the freedom to create interesting set scoring opportunities.
Next-gen visual improvements and framerate boost
With FIFA 22, I felt that the players didn’t look as good as I thought they should have on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. This year, in FIFA 23, this is partially rectified. The developers have upgraded the visuals on player models and faces, though I still feel they aren’t as good as Madden’s.
You can now see individual strands of hair, stubble and even more detail on the player’s faces. This attention to detail makes the game look more realistic than ever. Additionally, the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 versions of FIFA 23 benefit from a framerate boost and run at a consistent and smooth 60 fps.
FIFA 23 makes significant improvements over last year’s game
Overall, FIFA 23 is a great soccer game that includes some notable improvements over FIFA 22. The new ball control mechanics and redesigned set pieces are welcome additions that make the game more enjoyable. And, the power shot mechanic adds an extra layer of skill to your shots for more satisfying scoring.
However, I still feel that the game’s graphics aren’t up to par with other sports titles, and the over-reliance on microtransactions negatively affects his FUT. Let me know in the comments section below if you picked up FIFA 23 and what you think about it.
+ HyperMotion2 technology adds even more realism to the game
+ Visual improvements over last year’s game
+ Generational cross-play
– Not all modes feature cross-play
– FUT still heavily monetized
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF FIFA 23
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 4/5