FIFA 23 is a bombastic swan song for the series (under its current name, at least) with a welcome focus on theatrical flair. FUT Moments, action replays and viral-friendly gameplay revisions like Power Shots make it a more considered, memorable game of simulated football with intentional defending and plenty of drama and goals. But EA’s Spartan approach to the modes that don’t make money ensures FIFA 23 is an all-too-familiar beast to previous years, and Ultimate Team’s offensive focus on microtransactions continues to take much of the fun out of it.
FIFA 23 reviewed on PlayStation 5 by Jordan Oloman. Also available on Xbox Series X and PC (note that the old-generation console versions have different features).