EA Sports officially launch Fifa 23 - their final ever Fifa game

It was announced back in May that EA Sports were going to stop making the games which date all the way back to 1993. Next year EA Sports will release the game under a new name, EA Sports FC
EA Sports officially launch Fifa 23 - their final ever Fifa game

NEW BEGINNINGS: EA Sports FC will be the new name of Fifa from summer 2023.

Fifa and EA Sports have officially launched Fifa 23, the last iteration of the iconic video game.

The game, released on Friday, has been getting rave reviews with many calling it the best version in years.

It was announced back in May that, thanks to a licensing dispute with Fifa, EA Sports were going to stop making the games which date all the way back to 1993.

Next year EA Sports will release the game under a new name, EA Sports FC.

With that in mind, we decided to count down the five most iconic versions of Fifa down through the years.

5. Fifa 1994 

On the Cover: David Platt and Piotr Świerczewski 

Soundtrack: All songs were composed by Jeff van Dyck in the style of your classic early 90s video game.

The first but very much not the best. The graphics left a lot to be desired, but sales were brisk. 

The most memorable aspect was the ability to have your player run away from the referee on a loop while he was trying to book him.

Much like the early albums of David Bowie, its greatness lies in the legacy it left after it.

4. Fifa 2017 

On the Cover: Marco Reus 

Soundtrack: Send Them Off! by Bastille 

This was the first edition to introduce a story element into the game. 

Alex Hunter, an up and coming youth footballer, is introduced and we follow him on ‘The Journey’ as he tries to make it in professional football.

It is a similar scenario to one that games like Fight Night Champion had introduced previously. 

The similarity of Hunter’s story with that of Marcus Rashford has been pointed out. 

Claims that his disappearance from Fifa 21 onwards mirrors Rashford’s career are wholly uncalled for.

3. Fifa 2000

On the Cover: Sol Campbell 

Soundtrack: It’s Only Us by Robbie Williams 

A sentimental choice, this was the first Fifa game this writer owned after his parents got tired (and poor) from driving him to Listowel to rent Fifa 98 from the local video store. 

The game play was decent. There were classic teams which allowed one to play as Man Utd 1968 or Brazil 1970.

For some odd licencing reason, none of Brazil’s Ronaldo (a god in this writer's eyes), Pele, or Romario allowed their names to be used. They were known as ‘number 9’, ‘number 10’, and ‘number 11’ in the game.

Whatever about Ronaldo, however, this game was all about Robbie Williams. Right at the height of his post-Take That popularity, he provided the title song. 

EA Sports also allowed him to add his favourite team (Port Vale, since you ask) into the game as an extra treat.

The absence of the Republic of Ireland soccer team was made up for by editing one of the less glamourous international teams (sorry, Luxembourg) and painstakingly adding in versions of Mark Kinsella and Steve Staunton.

2. Fifa 2011 

On the Cover: Kaka and Wayne Rooney 

Soundtrack: Record Collection by Mark Ronson Feat. Simon Le Bon and Wiley 

If Blur vs Oasis was the defining cultural rivalry of the 90s then Pro Evo vs Fifa was the noughties equivalent. Pro Evolution Soccer had none of the licences or real names that Fifa did, but from 2001 to 2008 it had by far the better gameplay.

Fifa 2009 brought Fifa back into the conversation but it was Fifa 11 that really heralded the new era of FIFA dominance. It received a 10/10 from Playstation magazine.

The gameplay surpassed that of Pro Evo and for the first time a player was able to control the celebrations of a scorer rather than having to watch a cut scene. 

Peter Crouch’s iconic robot celebration took place just months before at the 2010 World Cup. Coincidence?

1. Fifa 98 

On the Cover: David Beckham 

Soundtrack: Song 2 by Blur 

The greatest of them all. The music, the gameplay, the commentary. It even had Des Lynam presenting completely superfluous links.

And the main reason this is number one? Indoor mode. Five a side soccer, no throw ins, very few fouls, constant action. 

EA Sports said it would be very difficult to bring the mode back into the modern versions of the games.

Proof, if proof were needed, that humanity peaked in the late 1990s.

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