Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 44 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
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  1. Oct 11, 2021
    FIFA 22 is undoubtedly a step forward for the franchise, and the new Hypermotion engine on new-gen consoles is totally worth it, though it’s pretty clear it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. EA clearly has a lot of things to polish in FIFA 22, and the first update that is already live on PC is the living proof the company is very committed to doing this in the short term.
  2. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 introduces us to the biggest gameplay change in years to bring more realism to a game mode that, although it does not need it, does bring it closer to the sport from which it is nourished.
  3. Sep 27, 2021
    The team left no stone unturned for FIFA 22 and went all out in making a supremely-improved football game. The gameplay is the best the series has ever offered and makes the game fun no matter what mode you choose. The managerial career is the stand-out mode here with the ability to create a club and manage every aspect of the team. The player career offers a ton of meaningful upgrades that actually make you feel like you’re accomplishing something. VOLTA has been simplified but made more fun. But it all starts with the gameplay thanks to HyperMotion and the machine learning technology that brings excellent realism to FIFA 22. Even if you’re not a soccer/football fan, the controls of this game make it worth a try to at least play with friends. FIFA 22 may just be the best sports game of this generation so far.
  4. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 features tons of big changes in every element of gameplay, making this year's iteration the best version seen to date.
  5. 90
    FIFA 22 is the best FIFA game in years. HyperMotion pushes the action along, with a renewed focus on Career Mode more than welcome. It’s a more refined, well-developed package this time around, and I’m excited to see where the series is headed in the future.
  6. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S is definitely the next big step for the series – thanks to its better graphics, overhauled gameplay and a more realistic approach to football. However, Electronic Arts still has to sort out some balancing-issues that come along with the next-gen-technology.
  7. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 is the most interesting and deep entry in the series from years to date, thanks to its new physics, AI and level of details. FIFA 22 gives players a game finally balanced, where defenders have the same power of attackers. The spectacular and televised identity of the franchise, though, is always the same, but this comes as a silent revolution which, if not muted after a couple of match in the name of metagame and pro gaming, it could be a great start for the future.
  8. Oct 1, 2021
    FIFA 22 is the most enjoyable football title in years thanks to revamped player AI and gameplay mechanics that offer unprecedented realism on the pitch. Off the pitch, EA still has some work to do, but new additions to Career Mode and match days somewhat make up for Ultimate Team’s egregious tactics.
  9. Sep 30, 2021
    If you've been avoiding FIFA for a long time, this edition is a great opportunity to change that and play some matches on virtual stadiums. If you're a regular, on the other hand, you're probably playing as we speak, but this time, you're probably fully satisfied. Right?
  10. Oct 19, 2021
    As the sum of its parts, FIFA 22 is the best FIFA in years…and plays a strong game of football on the PS5. The decision to go more sim-heavy is long overdue, with finally a befitting pace and defensive posture to the beautiful game. Online contests – even with exploits via microtransaction supercharged players – are much more balanced. There’s so much to do both online and offline, it’s an easy recommendation for both casual and committed football fanatics.
  11. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 kicks-off of the football season with a renewed edition, with the much-awaited Hypermotion Technology playing the leading role. The (numerous) new animations shine above all, while the gameplay has a slightly lower pace, with skills playing a lesser role. An interesting choice, that works quite well despite some issues (goalkeepers) that we hope will be fixed as soon as possible. As always, there is a rich choice of game modes, with a range of options able to satisfy both those looking for a quick & simple experience and those looking for a challenge that can last for months... or even until the release of FIFA 23.
  12. Sep 26, 2021
    FIFA 22 is the improvement that many fans have been waiting for. Shifting the focus away from pace, the game has managed to achieve a new level of realism. Due to HyperMotion Technology, players act and move intelligently, increasing strategic possibilities in offensive and defensive scenarios. With a litany of tweaks and refinements, FIFA 22 is the best iteration of the sport in the franchise.
  13. Sep 29, 2021
    EA delivered a solid soccer game that you should enjoy beyond a simple online match. Both Pro Clubs and Volta received solid upgrades and the created players have an interesting development thanks to the improvements that you can implement in them. Overall, the game mechanics have been polished enough to feel that this year FIFA 22 is very different from other previous deliveries.
  14. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 is a step in the right direction. It can never be in the best, because for that we would have to see changes in FUT's micropayments, but we do see a huge effort to make matches more realistic and a great job to add novelties to the title's various modes.
  15. Sep 27, 2021
    As a football game, FIFA 22 is very continuist. It doesn’t offer anything spectacular or revolutionary in order to make you stand up from your seat, but it takes profit of its previous knowledge to provide some nice matches.
  16. Nov 30, 2021
    FIFA 22 looks amazing on next-gen hardware which was to be expected. What was not to be expected is the brilliant gameplay. It still isn’t a full-blown simulation, of course, but it’s way more tactical and fun than before, including the (in)famous Ultimate Team. The only thing that truly suffers is the neglected Career Mode.
  17. Nov 9, 2021
    After the poor reception of eFootball and the good result obtained by FIFA 22, thanks to realistic changes in the gameplay, FIFA is now the king of soccer games.
  18. Oct 31, 2021
    FIFA 22 makes the leap to the new generation in a conservative way, with slight changes in its gameplay that lay the foundations of what the saga may become in the future. Lovers of football simulators will enjoy its fast pace and large amount of content.
  19. Oct 18, 2021
    FIFA 22 is an undeniably fantastic football game, once you get on the pitch. HyperMotion Technology, and a push for enhanced visuals, physics, and more, make this an incredibly tactical experience and closer to the real thing than ever before. The inevitable problem is when you look at the insidious inclusions off the pitch, such as FUT, which - while somewhat more generous with the in-game currency - is still incredibly predatory and push on the in-game gambling mechanics.
  20. Oct 14, 2021
    A refreshingly realistic take on the game of football and tons of content should be enough for fans to dive once again in the virtual stadiums of FIFA. However, Ultimate Team remains the gaming industry's most aggressively toxic loot box environment. Also, that precious next-gen feeling will have to wait.
  21. Oct 10, 2021
    If you're playing on current-gen systems, FIFA 22 may be a bit of a harder sell. The game itself is largely the same as last year, It's the next-gen graphics and gameplay that really make the game stand out. On next-gen, it's a must for longtime FIFA players. For everyone else, it's more of a personal choice. You certainly won't be missing out on much if you wait a little while.
  22. Oct 6, 2021
    The most important question of all is: how does FIFA 22 play? Well, for the most part just like FIFA 21 and 20. And that's a good thing, because its controls and gameplay were fine. Revolutionary changes you should not expect. The next-gen versions have received a graphical update and load super fast, but razor-sharp and lifelike movements during a full soccer match will not be available until next year at the earliest.
  23. 80
    While EA continues to leave no stone unturned when it comes to bringing football to gamers, it would be wrong of us to condone the lootbox mechanics that still dominate the Ultimate Team mode. But if you're happy to swerve that and just stick to regular matches, and the game's two enormous career modes, then FIFA still sets the bar incredibly high for football games and indeed sports games everywhere.
  24. Oct 3, 2021
    Great additions to Career mode and Volta, with the overhauled animations introduced by the new HyperMotion technology make it the best FIFA game in years. FUT is still marred by microtransactions making the game somewhat unfair, but the rest of the game has improved for the better.
  25. 80
    As good an entry as we’ve seen in recent years, FIFA 22 is a step in the right direction for EA Sports’ oft-faltering series and has laid a foundation for what will hopefully be positive changes going forward.
  26. Oct 1, 2021
    FIFA 22 actually feels different from the rest of the franchise, but it's still the same old game. New movement mechanics open up new strategies of scoring, but the AI still feels pretty dumb sometimes. Overall, it's a solid soccer experience that fans likely wont's miss out.
  27. Oct 1, 2021
    Fifa 22 is absolutely unmistakably a Fifa game – it has the sophistication and polish we’ve come to expect, with all the player likenesses, authentic stadia and recognisable commentators we see every year. But right at the core of it is a match engine that feels more surefooted than ever, at a time when the game’s more tactically complex rival Pro Evolution Soccer has been relegated to a free-to-play existence with all the compromises that will inevitably entail. If you can live with the loot-box trickery of Ultimate Team, this is a gigantic, rewarding simulation that offers a ton of variety and scope, and many, many moments of exquisite goalmouth drama.
  28. Sep 29, 2021
    Depending on its edition, FIFA 22 is either the leap into a new generation - of more or less the same ... or the annual insolence.
  29. Sep 29, 2021
    FIFA 22 has focussed squarely on the on-pitch action and has succeeded in creating the best pure football game from the series in quite some time. For me, at least, there is no better measure.
  30. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 is packed with all the usual modes you’d expect from the yearly iteration, but this time there have been significant improvements to the on-field action. A more inclusive game than ever, making use of the grunt of the latest console hardware, it’s a joy to experience whether you’re a fan of the biggest club, or just enjoy spending the evenings with mates chatting and playing.
  31. Sep 27, 2021
    Unlike last years release, there aren't too many noticable issues that need improving on either. EA have been afforded more time to get this game to where they need it to be, and they seem to have done exactly that. On the other hand though, there are still modes with untapped potential that EA have to put more focus on in order to appeal to their full market of players. It's a strong release from EA, one which will keep them at the top of the footballing sim market, but without a leading competitor to challenge them, that isn't awfully difficult.
  32. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 presented several improvements to the various modes, yet, we are still waiting for EA to make bolder changes.
  33. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 feels like the foundation for the future of FIFA. It still a great game, with no big improvements, but very fun to play.
  34. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 feels like real football, and it’s all the better for it. Impressive improvements to player positioning, ball physics, and animations make for a supremely satisfying simulation that underpins each of the franchise’s flagship modes. Career Mode doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but the ability to create a club is entertaining, and the changes to Player Careers are overdue. Microtransactions still rule supreme in Ultimate Team, and you’ll already have your own personal opinions on that, but there’s so much to do in this year’s release that you could easily invest hundreds of hours into it without seeing a single loot box.
  35. Sep 26, 2021
    FIFA has changed its face. It's bigger, more realistic, and more jaw-dropping than ever before but it seems to have left behind one important factor: fun.
  36. Sep 26, 2021
    While FIFA 22's gameplay is still great, its flashy qualities make it fun to watch, and Career Mode & Volta offer some much-needed variety, its core experience feels a little too similar to previous generations of gaming. That's a problem EA will need to solve moving forward.
  37. Sep 27, 2021
    The EA Sports revolution comes to life in FIFA 22 for next gen, but in our opinion we are facing a starting point and certainly not a goal for Canadian football. The innovations guaranteed by Hypermotion Technology, a real pillar of this year's offer, give the scenic impact and gameplay a realism that is unprecedented for the series. Unfortunately, the refinement in the animations and the artificial intelligence tricks clash with the idea of ​​football that Electronic Arts has been repeating for a decade now: spectacular and frenetic, but too fast and not very inclined to strategy. In addition to the technical improvements, there is a content offer that has never been so rich and complex, but in large part a little too anchored to the past. In short, FIFA is heading towards excellence again without fully achieving it: it begins to transform its beating heart, but not its own head. And for a champion to become a champion, it is necessary to have both.
  38. Oct 13, 2021
    Despite a full year since the launch of the new console generation, FIFA 22 doesn't offer anything groundbreaking, on or off the pitch. The changes are largely minor and exclusive features are not worth fretting over. It plays a solid game of football, as always, but we're still left waiting for a true next-gen leap.
  39. FIFA 22 has achieved a successful acceleration with its HyperMotion feature and new dynamics. But despite all these innovations, it can barely get rid of the "same game" feeling.
  40. Sep 29, 2021
    FIFA 22 could be a new beginning for the series thanks to a better football sensation. The gameplay is smooth, slower and fun. Sadly, many of its mode still lack that extra edge to feel different from FIFA 21.
  41. CD-Action
    Jan 19, 2022
    FIFA 22 shows its wasted potential every step of the way. When everything works as it should, it’s the best FIFA in years. The problem is that while sometimes the new HyperMotion technology works great and really makes a noticeable difference, the game often picks wrong animations from its mind-boggling array of 8 million. Let’s hope EA Sports builds on these promising foundations, fixes what needs to be fixed and delivers a truly great experience next year. [12/2021, p.36]
  42. Oct 14, 2021
    EA Sports has delivered a strong next-gen experience with FIFA 22. The primary focus was on gameplay and the attention led to a tangible improvement overall. However, the feature set is still in need of more layers.
  43. Sep 28, 2021
    We're still waiting for EA to reinvent the wheel and shock us with a refreshing take on virtual football. And while we're doing that, we can enjoy FIFA 22, which once more offers more of the same, adding some tweaks and an extra layer of graphical fidelity. The latter is the main attraction this time, thanks to the brand new HyperMotion technology.
  44. Sep 27, 2021
    The gameplay has therefore managed to take the train of the new generation while the content of FIFA 22, far from the references of the sports genre, is still blocked in the 2010s.
  45. Dec 2, 2021
    FIFA 22 has improved the feel and smoothness of actions, but there are almost no changes in the game mode and gameplay. The reduction of stand-alone content makes it not very suitable as the first FIFA entry for newcomers.
  46. Oct 12, 2021
    Overall, FIFA 22 is the best new entry in recent years. But the nefarious gutting of play-to-win rewards in its most popular mode means that the shadow of pay-to-win microtransactions looms ever more over FIFA's latest entry.
  47. Nov 16, 2021
    FIFA 22 upgrades graphics but loses some licences, and an overall experience feels like a “win some-lose some” type of product. While some of the new modes and technical upgrades make it a refreshing entry, it’s starting to be painfully obvious that the series needs some serious calibration in order to get back on the path of old glory.
  48. Oct 29, 2021
    While not the breath of fresh air many hoped for, FIFA 22 manages to at least improve the experience of FIFA 21. Ultimate Team still has its intrinsic issues, but manages to make itself more appealing thanks to less-infuriating gameplay and a less-punishing Division Rivals system.
  49. PLAY
    Oct 17, 2021
    A slower-paced FIFA creates absorbing action that feels like a step forward for the series, but the dominance of FUT is becoming less and less inspiring. [Issue#7, p.76]
  50. Oct 14, 2021
    As always, new FIFA game tries to fix the problems of its predecessors, while making the necessary updates to the core gameplay, in this case, turning FIFA 22 into more methodical and realistic game.
  51. Oct 4, 2021
    After last year's debacle, Fifa 22 is fortunately taking another step in the right direction. It's far from the level of Fifa 10 or the best parts of the previous generation, but at least it looks like football again.
  52. Oct 3, 2021
    FIFA 22 adds a lot of improvements going the right way towards a true simulation of football. Yet, the aging frostbite engine spoils these additions and the FUT mode is keeping its arcade grip on the whole gameplay.
  53. Oct 1, 2021
    There are a number of welcome changes in FIFA 22. The gameplay is more rewarding and the animations are finally interesting. There’s more intricacy to build-up play and often a much more satisfying finish. But there’s also no getting around the large number of bugs, the fairly modest improvements in various game modes and the continued focus on paying to win in FUT. FIFA 22 is certainly more Europa Conference League than Champions League.
  54. 70
    For as much as FIFA 22 has done right with enhancements to the the on-field product, they seem perfectly content to not offer up new ways to engage with the sport. While HyperMotion helps bridge the realism gap that’s been present for a bit, it isn’t quite substantial enough to warrant calling it game-changing. This may be a positive step in the right direction for the franchise, but it’s still quite a ways from genuinely raising the bar.
  55. 70
    FIFA 22 proves that EA’s soccer simulator is still the most playable of the genre in the market, but it also demonstrates that they know it. Yet again, the blatant disregard for industry-wide skepticism over microtransactions reigns this year in FIFA. Though there are long-awaited improvements to Career Mode and sharp graphical enhancements, it is hard to see past the decision to continue rinsing the most dedicated players of their cash.
  56. Sep 28, 2021
    Doing better than FIFA 21 was inevitable for FIFA 22. And the task has been accomplished, between a pleasant interface to handle, an ever more addicting Ultimate Team mode and more defensive gameplay this time around. But some flaws persist, others have emerged and overall the container remains the same from year to year. If EA has made the choice to reform the form this season, and under conditions that the patches improve and do not destroy what has been put in place, the developer will have to urgently look at the substance, which needs to be fleshed out.
  57. Sep 27, 2021
    Microtransactions still loom large, but small iterative changes and the horsepower of new-gen consoles combine to make FIFA 22 feel like a worthwhile upgrade without needing anything revolutionary or terribly exciting from EA’s side.
  58. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 is a fundamentally better experience than the one we've had in the past four years, but it is still a fundamentally flawed experience. The HyperMotion system isn't always competent, but the new ball physics, as well as a slower gameplay, make this entry much worthier of the "simulation" label.
  59. Sep 27, 2021
    A superb second next-gen season on the digital turf – but subtle Ultimate Team tweaks amplify the ‘pay to win’ criticisms that stalk this series annually.
  60. Nov 5, 2021
    It is hard to recommend buying FIFA at all this year. Like no other yearly release in the franchise, FIFA 22 is a game of thin margins.
  61. Sep 27, 2021
    FIFA 22 offers a lot of new elements on next-gen. Gameplay is finally going in a clear direction and provides a clear picture of what to expect from this iteration of FIFA. Even though the gameplay finally seems fine, there are quite a few problems. Career is near unplayable thanks to loads of bugs and glitches, Ultimate Team is still a pay-to-win fest and a lot of modes are clearly less important than cash cow Ultimate Team, which is understandable, but still frustrating.
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  1. Sep 27, 2021
    So, here's to another FIFA 22, much like the last one, and the one before that, and the one before that - a game that would be so much better for the soul were it not dragged down by the clawing hand of capitalism. Much like real football, I suppose.
  2. Sep 27, 2021
    An ambitious release that focuses on new animations and gameplay innovations but the execution needs refining, whilst matches feel too heavily skewed in favour of defence. [Provisional Score = 70]
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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 457 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 457
  1. Sep 29, 2021
    Once again, career mode (manager mode) players have been neglected. It's 95% the same as last year. Here's what's new:

    1. Some new
    Once again, career mode (manager mode) players have been neglected. It's 95% the same as last year. Here's what's new:

    1. Some new hairstyles and a new beard to customize your manager with. (There's no new clothing though. Exactly the same options as last year).

    2. More realistic looking randomly generated players. In the past fake players looked waxy and weird to say the least. Some of them still do, but some of the fake players in the Youth Academy look like real people with improved skin and hair textures on PS5. This makes growing young players and integrating them into the First Team more enjoyable.

    3. Some new cutscenes during transfer negotiations. Also instead of having to "hold X to skip" dialogue, you can now just tap X (or A on Xbox) to skip most dialogue. This speeds up the transfer negotiation cutscenes. In settings you can also disable "Hold X to skip" entirely from the career mode so you can skip pre-match cutscenes with a button tap rather than a button hold.

    4. A few new objectives like "reduce player wages by £150,000 a week" or "keep salary growth under 15%" and things similar. But as with previous FIFAs, some objectives are ridiculously hard or don't register such as "sign a veteran player" which is hit and miss.

    5. Players seem to be less complaintive. Henderson is an "Important" player, but I've barely played him. I completed a full first season without him complaining about his game time. I could be wrong - this is my first career save - but there seems to be less "boss I need to play more" emails, although you do get emails about other subjects like contracts etc.

    For Manager Career Mode specifically, that's about it. Everything else is the same. Same layout, same tiles and menus, just re-skinned. As for the gameplay (offline. I don't play FUT) - people are calling it more realistic and less arcade-y. I don't know what's realistic about finding it easier to score a banger from 25/30 yards than to get in the box.

    But yeah, the game is slower. The CPU is more difficult. I could score 5 - 10 goals easily on Legendary difficulty in FIFA 21. This game...usually 3 or less. There's less chances, shots and goals which is why a lot of early players have resorted to long range shooting to score. On average I'm getting about 4 or 5 clear cut chances a game, if that. And with the newly improved keepers I put maybe 2 or 3 away.

    To enjoy Career Mode on Legendary or Ultimate difficulty, you have to come to terms with FIFA no longer being a casual experience. Scoring is harder, defending is harder, holding possession is harder, penetrating defences...I could go on. If you can accept it as being more like real football where results are often marginal, then career mode will feel less like a chore and you may even start to like the unpredictability of a season.

    My biggest gripe with the gameplay is the player switching. A defender will be a yard away from the attacking player, I press L1 or flick RS to switch player, and it will jump to someone 10 yards away despite there being a defender literally right next to the attacker. Conceding last minute goals like that is beyond infuriating. I was seriously close to dashing the controller at my new OLED. So if you're reading this and you're at that stage, I feel you. And if you haven't got the game yet, you will get to that stage.

    But after 2 seasons and dozens of hours of getting to know the game (I've been playing non stop since last week), I'm now controlling scorelines more. I still just lost 3 - 1 to Spurs, got knocked out of the Carabao Cup and the Champions League, but I'm starting to like that. You can no longer just blitz the season beating everyone by 6 - 0 and winning the quadruple.

    Overall, aside from the atrotious player switching and the park-the-bus CPU (which I hope EA will patch, or I could just turn the difficulty down), the gameplay just about gets a thumbs up from me. For Career Mode specifically, it's a massive disappointment. You're spending £69.99 on updated kits, re-skinned menus and some new face scans.
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  2. Sep 28, 2021
    Pathetic. Fifa is basically a garbage £60+ subscription. Gambling Football Simulator 2022.
  3. Sep 29, 2021
    For the first time in the Fifa's history, here we have a real football simulator. The pace is lower than ever. The physics. The Keepers. TheFor the first time in the Fifa's history, here we have a real football simulator. The pace is lower than ever. The physics. The Keepers. The Nets. The sound of everything. More difficult to improve. More difficult to score. More difficult to dominate the game. And this is the best thing of Fifa 22. A videogame for adults. For people with experience. With courage. With passion for football. If you love football, congratulations. This is your game. Full Review »