Fifa 22 is a football sim game in the long-standing Fifa series and is available this month on PS Plus. The big new feature this year is the HyperMotion technology and as soon as you kick off you can see and feel the difference with this new feature. The ball feels much heavier in this year’s edition, ball physics was always one of the main issues in Fifa for me personally. A player can be stationary and head the ball from the edge of the penalty box into the top right-hand corner from a softly floated cross and that is exactly the same here but it’s nowhere near as bad.
HyperMotion has generally improved the passing as the ball moves slower across the ground which adds a slightly slower pace to the game. The overall game speed feels absolutely perfect to me. HyperMotion makes Fifa 22 feel more alive than ever before, no longer does the AI stand or shuffle around like the walking dead. There is movement all over the pitch whether you are in possession of the ball or don’t have possession making it a far livelier game to watch and play.
Players will point and gesture where they want to receive the ball or they will wave their arms to urge their teammates to push forward and push up that defensive line. They’ve also improved the crossfield passes and these are a great way to pull the opponent’s defenses apart, the shooting in Fifa 22 feels more rewarding as well with a greater range of techniques, and players can still miss wildly. Even though the ball physics have improved the players on the ball still move unrealistically at times turning 180 degrees in a split second.
Don’t expect realism here but you will find a fun accessible game that’s easy to pick up and play but hard to master. I would say the weightiness of the players has slightly increased making them feel less floaty when holding L2 or the left trigger but players still turn awkwardly with the ball and at speed with the use of the left analog stick. The other main issue for me with recent Fifa titles is the pace stat, it’s still far too overpowered and by far the most important stat in Fifa 22.
Running clear after a simple one-two is usually the best route to go however in the lower divisions this is far less frequent and this is where I personally find the most enjoyment out of Fifa 22. Goalkeepers have been rewritten and are much improved but they could still be better in 1v1 situations which is often a non-event and almost always lead to a goal. Goalkeepers will now track the ball by turning their heads and keeping their eyes on the ball as it flies past them into the net which is a nice touch.
Overall, the player ID still needs some work but with HyperMotion this is really going to develop over the next few years of Fifa. The main superstars do stand out and the game camera is similar to last year’s edition on the PlayStation 5 and it’s really well done and implemented very nicely. The net physics are absolutely incredible probably the best representation in a football game ever. The new speed burst mechanic is a real nice addition without feeling too overpowered as you can run at a defender and then knock the ball out in front which then turns into a foot race for the ball and if you get it right it can feel so rewarding.
Graphically Fifa 22 is much the same as last year on the PlayStation 5 but the pre-match buildup has drastically improved to really build the tension and hype for a match. The grass and the pitches are much improved in terms of color and saturation looking far more realistic in each stadium. The commentary is still stellar as usual and the atmosphere in the stadium is electric as the players walk out onto the pitch and the songs are sung by the fans.
During the actual gameplay, the atmosphere can fall a little flat however it can come in every now and again however when a last-minute goal does go in and Ronaldo does his trademark celebration it’s a special feeling as the crowd roars and the players and manager join in that celebration. Overall FIFA 22 is by far the best it’s been for me personally for quite some time and it’s probably the best in the frostbite engine era, it’s still not the best Fifa ever but with HyperMotion now in the works the future is certainly bright for the series but I can’t help but think they need to move away from the frostbite engine sooner rather than later.
Fifa 22 will be available to PlayStation Plus members until Monday, June 6.
Fifa 22 has the new HyperMotion technology which works very well, a speed burst feature that is fun, goalkeepers have been improved, and overall gameplay.