A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Games in the Career mode highlight the concept of playing for your club as well as your national team, dedicating yourself to becoming a starting player and significant contributor to your squad, and becoming a star athlete.
Positive Role Models
Athletes look like their real-life counterparts, and are generally positive role models. Players demonstrate their disapproval during losses or missed goals, but nothing's said in these cutscenes. Players also have the opportunity to be egotistical players that are mainly focused on themselves, but there's no impact to team play or morale.
Players include a wide variety of athletes from around the world that are both male and female soccer players. Volta allows for intergender play on streetball courts. Players also have the opportunity to select between male and female coaches for the tutorial section of the game.
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Ease of Play
FIFA 23 offers multiple difficulty levels for people to set and test their soccer skills against AI opponents in various modes. It's relatively easy to figure out the controls in the game, although some of the more complex trick moves will take a lot of practice to perfect. Being aware of the strengths and weaknesses of your players to successfully shut down passes, or know the best player to pass for a quick break on goal is key to success.
Violence & Scariness
Players will engage in some hard tackles and fouls that can cause players to go tumbling, cartwheeling, or collapsing on the pitch, writhing in pain. All that being said, no blood or gore is ever shown as a result of these fouls.
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Unmoderated multiplayer can potentially expose players to inappropriate comments.
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest and last chapter in the long running FIFA franchise, as the series will be renamed with a new license. There's tons of advertising on kits, player gear, and in stadiums. Downloadable content for future modes, including an upcoming World Cup feature, is promised. There's also additional content featuring Jason Sudelkis as Ted Lasso, along with the AFC Richmond club, prominently in the game. The Ultimate Team mode drives players to spend real money to acquire players for their fantasy team, and this year also features more sequences from the cover athlete's life.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that FIFA 23 is a soccer simulation for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. This is the latest and last chapter in the FIFA franchise, because the series is changing to a new licensee for 2023. While it retains the same focus on streetball, simulation, and fantasy football leagues, this year adds a new tutorial feature for newcomers and vets. Like previous years, the amount of advertising throughout the game is significant, with logos emblazoned on kits, on billboards through stadiums, and for player gear. There's still a major push for players to spend money to acquire additional athletes in the fantasy league mode. While you can preview some card packs and can earn cards through play, it's much slower than spending cash for the ones you want. Additional downloadable content will be added over time, such as World Cup modes, and there's a current AppleTV tie in with Ted Lasso, where Jason Sudelkis and AFC Richmond can be added to a player's roster. Fouls can be committed in the game, with players flipping over opponents or writing on the field, but no blood or gore is shown. Multiplayer is unmoderated, which could expose players to inappropriate comments. While gameplay is easy to grasp, and there are multiple difficulty levels to challenge yourself against, the mastery of trick moves, cutting off advancing passes or slicing through defensive alignments is part of the significant test of your skills.
Is It Any Good?
This year's installment gives a glimpse of what the future might hold, and while it doesn't go far enough with some of the newer features, it's a solid send-off for the franchise. FIFA 23 brings a number of enhancements, particularly to the next-gen version of the game, thanks to the Hypermotion 2 engine. The gameplay feels faster and slicker, and collisions feel more punishing, especially mid-air jostling for a lob pass that sends a player crashing head over heels to the ground. There's also a tighter sense of balance between the offense and defense in this year's game than before, especially at higher difficulty levels. Defenders are quicker at shutting down passing lanes to prevent strikers from having easy shots on goal, while well-timed crosses from a winger to a midfield can catch opposing players off guard and set up the perfect attack. In many ways, this year's game is more about knowing the strength of your players and how they best contribute to your squad than ever before. Some of the older issues, like players delaying the movement of the ball, running offsides, or not consistently rotating over to make a play on defense still crops up at times, but these aren't as frequent as they were in last year's game. In fact, the delay on movement sometimes feels more like a chosen tactic to get opposing players off balance before going forward, which feels better.
Beyond the on-pitch play, there are a number of additions that are worth the time to check out, though many of them feel like they should've been included before or expanded upon. The Training center adds a nice section of tutorials for newbies to the franchise, providing hints and guidance about how they should approach certain situations or look at responding to different scenarios during games. Even veterans with the series can use this as a nice refresher of some of their skills. Having the option to be taken under the wing of Kylian Mbappe or Sam Kerr is a nice addition, and this is one of those features where it feels like it should've been included for a few years instead of as part of the last game in the series. The MyCareer mode also has an intriguing twist with the addition of personality points to boost your created athlete. Selecting to be a Maverick, Virtuoso, or Heartbeat for your team can help your created player accomplish their dynamic goals for a game, and can help define your player as you start to move from the bench to the starting 11. Unfortunately, it doesn't go far enough, and feels like a shadow of what it could be. Players can choose to be an egotistical Maverick, but your teammates never take exception to your choices, or have these personality decisions impact fan and club perception of your player. The same could be said for the activities that are presented to you, which can affect your personality as well. Purchasing a stereo or investing in an app, for example, is a nice addition for off-field play to develop your athlete, but these items feel tacked on rather than a believable expansion of what a player's life would be. Finally, it's great to see some tweaks to FUT – the adjustment to chemistry feels more natural to the focus on knowing your players rather than just tossing players onto a squad and hoping for the best because of team or league affiliation. Similarly, the addition of Moments feels like a fresh spin on the puzzle solving elements that the Ultimate Team mode presented in its squad building challenges. It's one of those things that you do wish had an option for unlocking or acquiring more Team of the Week players or Icons by completing these challenges rather than simply acquiring loan players or packs that could be gained through the store. If anything, it makes it feel like there's more of a focus on microtransactions to get the athletes you need to build your perfect squad rather than gaining them through play. Overall, there may be a lot more incremental adjustments rather than a major overhaul, but FIFA 23 still presents an enjoyable installment of the beautiful game.
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