FIFA 22 Review | Great gameplay and graphics, but some things never change
It’s fall again, which means a number of inevitable things are happening, just like every year – the days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to fall, and EA Sports is releasing a brand new FIFA game.
The FIFA 22 release date is today, which makes it the perfect day to release all of our thoughts on the game in our FIFA 22 review. Having tried all of the game modes over the past week, we have definitely some opinions here on RadioTimes.com.
A new FIFA game every year always comes with a sense of inevitability, and for some players it comes with a fair amount of skepticism as well. How much better can the game really be, when it has only had 365 days of development since the last one was released?
This year, EA Sports ran an in-depth marketing campaign to try and tell fans that FIFA 22 will be really different, with some big changes including the addition of HyperMotion technology. But how far does the new game hold up? Keep reading to find out.
The good news is this: FIFA 22 gameplay looks better than ever. We were playing the next-gen version on Xbox Series X, which includes all the features of HyperMotion technology.
The PS5 version also ships with HyperMotion, but it should be noted that players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One will not receive this upgrade. (The Nintendo Switch version, by the way, is the same game as last year but with updated players.)
HyperMotion technology was engineered using motion capture footage of real players, which is powered by a sophisticated algorithm to make in-game player movements and behaviors more real than ever. And as long as you’re playing on a platform that supports this upgrade, you’ll really see the benefits.
The latest FIFA games look a lot alike, but HyperMotion means FIFA 22 is very different – every moment and every match is different, and you’re less likely to feel like you’re just making the moves to get it. easy goals. Sometimes your usual tactics won’t work. Sometimes the Guardians will be very different to defeat. And sometimes mistakes do happen, just like they do in real football.
EA also took the opportunity to improve ball physics, which has a similar effect – thanks to these changes, it feels like a different experience from its franchise predecessors, meaning FIFA 22 is the first game. of this series in a fairly large while still feeling like a major upgrade.
FIFA 22 is also a giant leap in the realism of the franchise, with more detailed graphics than ever before – tiny details like player hair have never been so real. If you launch the game on a 4K screen, you will be really blown away.
That being said, we did run into a few small issues – a few moments here and there where players’ heads are momentarily stuck, almost as if the game is struggling to process all the available information. For the most part, however, it looks and feels sublime to play.
So the gameplay experience is great in matches, but what is the experience like in each of the individual modes in FIFA 22? To be fair, it’s harder to spot improvements when you’re not in the field. And it looks like a missed opportunity.
It’s always fun to tackle Career Mode as you try to buy the best young players in FIFA 22 and fight your way to world domination, but the menus and user interfaces in this mode barely have any changed since last time. There are small improvements – in a playing career, for example, you are now able to step off the bench – but nothing particularly game-changing. Professional clubs, likewise, feel largely unchanged.
Volta street football mode has a few new tricks up its sleeve, including a new Arcade mode that lets you play against your friends in dumber rounds on football – there’s dodge ball, soccer tennis, wall ball and more, but unfortunately no football. And there’s no Volta story mode or The Journey equivalent this time around, although FIFA 22 opens with a lengthy cutscene about creating your own player (watch out for the superstars cameos there) .
FIFA Ultimate Team has had a few improvements – Hero Cards are a new feature, and they will pay homage to real football moments that fans will fondly remember. However, there’s really nothing here that will change your mind if you’re not already a FUT fan – it’s still a mode where you’ll have to work for a while, or spend a lot of money. in packs, if desired. to follow the best players.
This being FIFA, fans can also expect the usual audio changes: The FIFA 22 soundtrack features a new selection of catchy tracks, and the commentary team welcomes two new voices in Alex Scott and Stewart Robinson. Scott is especially welcome, being the first female expert to ever honor a FIFA match.
In some ways, then, FIFA 22 is a giant leap forward. In other ways, however, it’s more of the same. Maybe next year they’ll tackle giving game modes a much-needed overhaul – with eFootball and UFL both aiming to disrupt the football simulator industry, EA might want to think about bigger changes. the next time. Until then, we’ll mostly find our enjoyment in the field itself, thanks to those enhanced visuals and dramatically increased realism.
FIFA 22 is out now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PC and Nintendo Switch. We reviewed the game on Xbox Series X.
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