When lockdown hit, there was no football. Many sports fans felt like time had stopped. I bought FIFA 20 to finish the halted season. When I scored, and the camera shook as it does at Anfield, I actually cried with the joy of it. That is the power that FIFA has at its disposal. If you love football, in whatever hue or flavor, FIFA 22 should be part of your life, and here’s why:
- FIFA 22 recreates everything special about football. The game succeeds and fails in the same way the sport does, and nothing encapsulates this like FIFA Ultimate Team.
- You could create your own team of GOATs. If bypassing the existing league structure and assembling your very own “Galacticos” is your dream, then FUT delivers: for a price. There are returning greats, seasons, XP, achievements and a new Elite Division for the very best.
- There’s Volta, a tricksy street football option. This has a new bearable story mode and some new hilarious and chaotic party games at the weekend.
- There’s Pro Clubs to play co-op with up to 11 friends.
- There are Kick-Off quick games, House Rules mode, skill games, dozens of tournaments to replicate and internationals to play. Something for everyone, even those who aren’t big fanatics of the sport.
- FIFA games look and feel amazing to play. It is sometimes hard to tell whether you are playing a game or watching a real football match.
- There’s a new and improved Player Career Mode. Take a youth with potential and play out his career or give them your face and start them out at your hometown club, using their prodigious skill to make them world-beaters.
- You can create your own club. With its own kit, stadium, chants and flags, like the co-op Pro Clubs mode.
- There’s a Manager’s Career Mode to indulge in. The new negotiation animations and press conferences that play out like a Telltale adventure work better.
If you’ve played any FIFA recently, you’ll recognize that this is almost the same game, yet, you’ll want those quality-of-life improvements and tiny incremental updates, the new kits, and squads. There’s no competition if you want to maintain that illusion of reality.
If you are a newbie and a football fan, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend getting aboard. It’s gentle on the easiest difficulty and if you can put off potential maulings on multiplayer until you’re ready, the challenge can be raised in bruising yet satisfying steps.