FIFA is back with more realism
FIFA 22 is the next entry in EA's soccer simulation games that puts you in the player's shoes with a realistic setting to enjoy your favorite sport right in your home. The new title brings additional features, a goalkeeper overhaul, and a plethora of new animations sure to impress.
Building upon FIFA 21, don't expect too much in additional content, as FIFA 22 is largely the same game. However, if you're looking for a deeper management simulator, Football Manager 2021 has you covered, while eFootball PES 2020 provides a different take on the same formula.
HyperMotion technology creates realism
The flagship update for FIFA 2022 is the new HyperMotion technology. Hypermotion allows for advanced 11v11 matches with the internal AI behind the players on the field adapting to create new animations as the game plays.
While new animations may not be ground breaking, the appeal here is how these animations allow the player to understand the game's ebb and flow, what actions may be taken, and when to take specific actions. More profound animations allow a greater understanding of where the ball will be, how the controller player will react, and when best to take a shot or reposition.
Regular FIFA fans will find this addition noticeable, yet, due to the implementation of HyperMotion, there has been a significant lack of additional updates, and functionality added this year.
HyperMotion technology does impact the game state by slowing the game speed down significantly. No doubt, this was in the attempt to curve the considerable goal count that became a meme in the later months of FIFA 21. A slower game state means the game feels more realistic and rewarding, focusing on position and passing, rather than belting it at the goal every 2 minutes.
FIFA 2022 modes and updates
This year, FIFA 2022 retains its core line up of game modes with Career Mode focusing on building your own team from the ground up and into stardom. Many players pick up FIFA for this mode alone, so undoubtedly, making your mark on the FIFA world will be a crucial draw-in for many. Additionally, multiple customization options have been added, from the stadium to player customization.
Pro Clubs allows players to create a virtual player on the field and use that character in 11v11 online matches. The appeal here is that you are only playing your character, and you can progress and improve them as you play. The mode allows you to fulfil your fantasy of playing on the field in your position of choice while having a tangible impact on the game.
New updates bring more ways to view your character growth and impact on the game with heatmaps of your time spent on the pitch and updated UI.
Next is FIFA's Volta Mode, which gives a smaller, more street-style soccer experience. With FIFA 2022 comes an update to the skill meter, signature abilities, flair, and more to provide a more impactful performance on the pitch.
And finally, FIFA's most controversial game mode, Ultimate Team or FUT for short. Ultimate team this time around introduces a new Elite Division, allowing the best of the best to compete for the top ranks on the leaderboards. FUT also includes more customization options and better co-op matchmaking.
While there are many quality of life updates and minor incremental improvements here and there, none feel substantial enough to look past the yearly exploitative loot box and microtransaction implementation. Loot box presence means there's no guaranteed way to get the players you want, emphasizing a pay to win, RNG dynamic that players and the industry already hate.
Same FIFA with a new coat of paint
If you're an avid FIFA player, then you'll find more of the same with the new iteration of your favorite soccer game. Minor tweaks alongside new HyperTechnology should make a worthwhile change to the game feel to warrant purchasing.
For newer players looking to get into the series, FIFA 22 is the most fleshed out and is a great starting point in both content availability and ease of play. Regardless of your skill level or experience with the game, continue to ensure you watch out for EA's loot box pushes and greedy monetization practices.