FIFA has ended; long live FIFA 23 Coins. The soccer simulation powerhouse EA has returned for one last celebration following a tense public separation from its licensor with the tagline "The World's Games" before a painful title change, changing its name to EA Sports FC which is due in the year following. However, the tagline goes beyond its bittersweet glitz because, for all intents and purposes, FIFA 23 appropriately feels similar to the game we've been playing for the last several seasons, with its consistent games that last for a long time and its familiar frustrations.
However, even at the end of an era, FIFA 23 marks another year of steady attrition from EA the company, with a host of design and tactical tweaks complement its solid blueprint for gameplay. It's also a title which feels both supported and consumed by its Ragnarok position, throwing down a ruby-red curtain as the football genre is thrown into a tidal wave of chaos.
Theatrical enhancements to gameplay, like the brutal Power Shots, ensure that the FIFA name goes out with a bang , not a whimper. Pressing the bumpers with your fingers and holding them to shoot makes your striker an enraged raider with an intermittant attack as the camera pulls focus while they leather the ball with bootstrap shockwaves that roar through the PS5's speakers for controller. If you get the correct angle, FIFA 23's newly improved goalkeepers with acrobatic skills might be able to stop it by using their own simulated fingers that have helped me out on a couple of occasions.
If you do it right, however, and if the forward has enough space, it's likely to be in the net's back no matter how far out you are. This kind of shot brings to mind the glory days of Francesco Totti hit-and-hope long shots seen in early 2010s FIFA, but don't worry because online multiplayer is rid of speedy wingers who can pass the ball across the net on breaks. It's a good idea to try and have fun you ask?
While it's impossible to avoid the perennial issue of being a bit dependent on speedy players in the end, buying FIFA 23 Coins does reward good execution across the board. My fingers hurt after pulling the triggers to jockey dangerous counter-attacks. Also, the force of a pass has to be tuned, which can be difficult to master, but it is rewarding when you have your perfect pass.