FIFA 23 Gameplay Deep Dive Shows Off Power Shots, Technical Dribbling, New Free Kicks, and More

FIFA 23 Gameplay Deep Dive Shows Off Power Shots, Technical Dribbling, New Free Kicks, and More

Matt Lorrigan

EA Sports has released a new gameplay deep dive trailer for FIFA 23, showing off new gameplay innovations for both attacking and defending coming to the game on Xbox Series X|S.

HyperMotion 2 is the word of the day here, improving animations across the board using captured data from two full 11-a-side games - one for the men's game, and one for the women's game, with distinct animations for each as women's club football arrives in FIFA for the first time.

When it comes to ball control, Technical Dribbling is this year's innovation, making it easier for skilled dribblers to move the ball quickly from one side to another, while making it simpler to cancel out of an animation as well. The counter to this is the new Machine Learning Jockey, which positions your defending at the right angle to make the perfect tackle on an attacking dribbler.

In both attacking and defending, all players will now be split into three acceleration types when running. Controlled players will work as usual, with a consistent running speed, while Explosive players can quickly gain speed to burst past players. Finally, Lengthy running type players are slower off the mark, but powerful strides will let them catch up over a long distance.

There are more ways to score in FIFA 23 too. Power Shots are the biggest addition, and offer a risk/reward mechanic. Players can hit both bumpers to trigger a power shot, which is more likely to fly past a goalkeeper, but it takes longer to pull off, leaving you open to be tackled. Free kicks, corners, and penalties have all been changed as well. Penalties are now harder to pull off in high pressure scenarios, with players having to match the button press to a pulsing icon. Free kicks, meanwhile, now give players more control over the curve and position, as do corners.

The back line has a new technique to deal with this attacking threat, though. The Hard Slide allows players to slide in without trying to gain possession, clearing the ball away as far as possible instead. Meanwhile, goalkeepers should hold onto caught balls from corners and crosses more often, although they now will react slower to shots if their vision is obscured.

You can check out all the new stuff in the FIFA 23 Gameplay Deep Dive video down below. FIFA 23 is coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia on 30th September 2022.

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