Kick it off with FIFA 22
It’s that time of the year again where football fans rush to kick off in the latest instalment of the series. FIFA 22 is finally out and while graphically it’s an obvious upgrade, all other elements unsurprisingly remain the same.
Here’s what’s new in FIFA 22.
Graphical and Gameplay Upgrade
FIFA 22 has bumped up the facial as well as movement animations very noticeably. Compared to its predecessor, FIFA 22 introduces a lot more dynamic actions on the field that bring a much more closer-to-home feel of the game. The moves are designed to ensure that the player moves with the character animations, making their hustle towards the goal a lot more guess-free.
Character models have a bit of an upgrade too. The game looks fantastic on the PS5, particularly during celebratory moments right after a goal. FIFA 22’s matches have been made a lot more purposeful demanding increased coordination between your team and less on using your star player’s shine.
Career Mode has been given a facelift. You start with an elaborate story which runs you through the basics of movement and key inputs. While the plot lines are pretty paper thin just like the last game, a few additional game mechanics have been added which make it fun to explore.
You can make your own club and take it towards glory through your play and management skills. The more you earn, the better the players you can buy to give that exact feeling of making the news. You have certain goals you have to reach in each match as well, adding a lot more purpose in your solo play. A perk system for your players also amps up their energy on the pitch so be sure to improvise, adapt and succeed.
We Still Miss FIFA Street
FIFA 20 introduced VOLTA Football as an answer to the demands of fans trying to bring back the excellently paced FIFA Street games from the 2010s. While aesthetically FIFA 21 does improve this experience, it still fails to bring back the feels of the original game. When not on the pitch, VOLTA does add a shorter more fast paced free-style gameplay with superpowers for when you don’t want to go for those serious matches. Party matches online do add some fun but they can get super frustrating after a point.
Burn Your Wallet
FIFA 22 still hasn’t dropped the shame behind its microtransactions. The largely infamous Ultimate Team a.k.a FUT system is EA’s biggest moneymaker and their coffers are about to grow larger. Gold packs make sure your spending top dollar all to roll someone you didn’t expect or want. Sure you could take a sneak peek at what’s inside from time to time but you will ultimately end up shelling out dimes to try and score your favourite players. EA doesn’t look anywhere close to ending this mechanic and frankly, they probably never will.
Should You Buy FIFA 22?
If you’re already one of EA’s annual patrons then there’s no changing your mind and are sure to go for the new version. If you’re dabbling with the thought of it, FIFA 22 isn’t as massive an upgrade as you’d expect. While the footballs feels a little more arcade-ish, the club system is definitely something fun to interact with. If it’s casual matches you seek with friends once in a weekend, we’d recommend you wait for a price drop while sticking to the previous versions. FIFA 22 is only worth it when you’re going to fiddle with every small mechanic that it offers.
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