‘FIFA 23’ ratchets up World Cup fever with colossal package – KGUN 9 Tucson News
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — With “FIFA 23,” EA Sports takes the mentality of a coach who is desperate for a win and hurls his defenders to crank up the pressure on the opposing defense.
Bursting at the seams with built-out features enticing fans of different stripes, the prelude to November’s World Cup in Qatar looks to ramp up the global soccer obsession to raucous levels.
It’s also something of a swan song.
With the agreement between EA and FIFA set to expire, this game’s release marks the end of an era. No doubt EA will continue to crank out gorgeous soccer sims, but they will go by a different name.
The move away from EA is foolish on FIFA’s part. With hundreds of licensed players and teams from across the global men’s and women’s ranks, the authentic feel pulses throughout the new release.
A general gameplay tweak makes matches flow more methodically and less with the supercharged, arcade-style feel of recent years. The slowdown necessitates more precision in passing, shot selection and tackling, as well as defender placement to break up passing schemes to set up attacks. The movement — dubbed Hypermotion — seems geared to bolster “FIFA 23” as a go-to e-sport.
Especially alluring are the card deck-builder-based FIFA Ultimate Team and its corresponding “Moments” feature. A microtransaction trap as always, the addictive fantasy sports-themed team evolution manages to fuel the fire that was started in years’ past.
“Moments” allow you to recreate spellbinding plays pulled from real-life scenarios, grading you on your ability to recreate the wonders from the highlight reels.
Adjustments to franchise mode and an abundance of options for online play, as well as the freewheeling, lighthearted soccer of the Volta mode, provide quick fixes for those without the time or inclination to take on full matches.
There’s also a lighthearted bent, with “FIFA 23” embracing Emmy-winning Apple TV series “Ted Lasso,” offering Lasso as a playable manager.
Some nagging inconsistencies continue, such as overbearing animations that make it tough to cancel out of poorly chosen moves in time to stop the inevitable, but those will likely be patched up with updates. EA Sports has proven to be adaptive to the yearnings of fans, and that will undoubtedly continue with “FIFA 23.”
As soccer fans worldwide build up to the fever pitch offered in Qatar, “FIFA 23” will stand as the go-to game to bring their hopes and soon-to-be crushed dreams to life. It’s a rich annual helping of soccer-themed comfort food in video game form.
Phil Villarreal is the senior real-time editor for KGUN 9. He is also a digital producer and host of “Phil on Film” seen weekly on Good Morning Tucson, Phil moved to KGUN after 17 years with the Arizona Daily Star. He is married and has four children. Share your story ideas and important issues with Phil by emailing </…….