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FIFA 23: Release Date, Cover Stars, New Features, Improvements & User Reviews

The release of FIFA 23 sparked the usual wave of excitement amongst football fans across the world.

This is the last edition of the game in its current guise, with developers EA Sports ending their long-standing link-up with football’s governing body.

We look at some of the exciting new features and improvements in FIFA 23 and assess what people have been saying about the game.

FIFA 23 Release Date

EA Sports traditionally targets the last week in September to launch the new edition of FIFA.

They stayed true to form this year, releasing the game on Friday, September 30.

FIFA 23 Cover Stars

Paris Saint-Germain star and former FIFA wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is the cover star alongside Chelsea FC Women’s striker and Australia captain Sam Kerr.

FIFA 23 New Features & Improvements

Career Mode gets Revamp

Career Mode was tipped to get a massive upgrade in FIFA 23, and EA Sports have worked hard to push the boundaries in this area.

Transfer analysts and increased off-pitch activities are amongst the new features in Player Career, giving this mode a more personalised feel.

However, Manager Career does not feel vastly different from FIFA 22, leaving a sense of disappointment that the game is not quite what it could be.

Cross-Play is Finally Here

Fans of the game have long craved for cross-play capability to be introduced, and they finally got their wish when FIFA 23 was launched.

The arrival of cross-play across several game modes has been welcomed by FIFA players, but there are some notable exclusions.

Online Friendlies and Ultimate Team are amongst the modes that feature, but there is currently no cross-play functionality relating to Pro Clubs.

Women’s Club Teams Join FIFA

You can now play as women’s club teams for the first time as the FA Women’s Super League and Division 1 Arkema have been added to the game.

Barcelona star Alexia Putellas has seen off competition from her male counterparts to be awarded a 92 rating in the iconic video game franchise.

That put her higher than Lionel Messi, who was rated at 91 alongside Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski in the FIFA 23 ratings.

FIFA 23 User Reviews

We’ve scoured the internet to check out what people have been saying about the latest edition of the game. Here are some of the top FIFA 23 user reviews:

“Best FIFA to come out for a while. A little clunky at times, and it’s not perfect, but the gameplay is definitely better than past years. Not all about pace for once, which is nice.” (Blaze Rodriguez).

“It’s great. I’ve been playing FIFA for over ten years this one feels very realistic and smooth.” (Shohaib Wahabi).

“A little disappointed with the Manager Career mode, but pleased to see women’s football finally included in the game.” (Chloe Standring).

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