FIFA 23 review:

FIFA 23 stands out thanks to four words that its community hardly dared to dream of. They. She changed. Latest. Equipment. Like, legit ripped off the whole way you build a fantasy squad, bringing EA’s final FIFA right in line with that other big world football gaming obsession: FPL. You are no longer punished for wanting Mbappe, Son, Tomori and Courtois in the same lineup. Similarly, archaic systems can no longer be manipulated to transform two central midfielders into all-conquering forwards. In one fell swoop, both authenticity and fun are significantly improved.

FAST FACTS: FIFA 23

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Release date: September 27, 2022
Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Developer: EA Vancouver
Editor: A.E. Sports

Contrary to plans announced before launch, EA has kept the chemistry going after all. But it’s nothing like you remember it. The maximum possible ‘chem’ is now 33 instead of 100. Players still receive rewards for having teammates or compatriots elsewhere in their Ultimate Team, just without the need for them to be next to each other. And while chemistry does provide a smooth stat boost, there is no penalty for deploying a player to zero. Son is deadly on the left in a La-Liga team that, otherwise, is everything. Nick Pope remains irritatingly impassable behind an all-French four-defence. Your dream XI finally feels personalized and limitless.

change in the palace

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My fear when EA announced this revised Ultimate Team chemistry system was that it would dilute the intelligence required behind team building, but it’s actually refreshing. For example, every year, one of my first tasks is to invent a Crystal Palace team from the past and present. In the last three editions of FIFA games, Steve Mandanda and Jose Fonte have been relegated to warming up the bench due to their negative chemical effects on an EPL-focused XI. Now they fit perfectly.

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It is a system that offers simplicity but also nuances. Particularly with the decision to amend position modifier cards: in FIFA 23, they can only be used to move a player to their real-life secondary or tertiary position, rather than moving them back and forth across the pitch. Big, big tick.

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Division Rivals matches form the heartbeat of FUT and are a pleasant surprise, at least for now. Human opponents offer tactical variety, and the effectiveness of sitting deep to counter with two quick strikers is tempered, but this is the unscored area of ​​the game on Weekend One. As elite players discover the meta, super cards unleash power, and patches arrive, online play will evolve in unpredictable directions. So I’m willing to praise the online game, but only with a ‘watch this space’ asterisk.

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