Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

FIFA 22 Review (Switch) | Nintendo Life

The famous phrase “Trick me once” says, “I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed to deceive me twice.”

In FIFA 22, EA is trying to trick us three times. No official decision was found as to what this meant, but we basically came to the conclusion that we would return to “shame” again.

“Well, it’s not entirely fair, Nintendo Life” We (maybe) hear you say. “EA has made it completely clear that Switch’s FIFA 22 is a legacy edition. It’s not trying to fool you, it’s very positive about what you’re getting.”

Yes, I see, that’s right. Perhaps we should have worked harder to get this intro right. But after all, if the EA doesn’t want to focus on Switch’s FIFA, why should it try to show it? It’s our arrogance.

FIFA 22 is Switch’s third legacy edition. This means that it’s basically a switch version of FIFA 19, with teams and kits swapped. But wait, that’s not all! Drum rolls as needed.

As mentioned in a previous review, FIFA 19 was a barely improved version of FIFA 18, which itself was essentially a port of the Xbox 360 and PS3 Legacy Editions of the year. Messed up? I will summarize it. The Switch version of FIFA 22 is basically the Xbox 360 version FIFA 17..

Let’s say it in another, more colorful way. Do you remember Kaka, Pirlo and Totti? They are all recently in FIFA Ultimate Team mode as “icons”. This is a retired legendary player, but can be adopted as a special addition to the team. The FIFA version on which Switch’s FIFA 22 is based is so old that Kaka, Pirlo and Totti were regular players.

Of course, it’s not really available on the Ultimate Team. This was 2.2, compared to the Switch version of Ultimate Team, which was a ghost town, and at the time of writing, about 25,000 players and items were sold on the transfer market screen. Millions on the Xbox (and possibly even more given that PlayStation usually sells in more formats).

Of course, it’s a little strange. The Ultimate Team hasn’t changed in any way since the first FIFA game on Switch (FIFA 18) and doesn’t include any additional modes or features at that time. How can EA expect players to care about modes that haven’t been working for nearly five years?

A glance at the Ultimate Team on other systems reveals that players are getting improved versions of Division Rival Mode and FUT Champion Mode. The switch has not yet received their original version, but other formats declare them out of date.

Of course, this complaint is not strictly limited to the Ultimate team, but applies entirely. Career modes are now very prehistoric, from which you can probably extract DNA to clone raptors, but everything else remains untouched for years and EA weather. I’m surprised that I didn’t add “dusty” to the list of options.

The tricky part is that the core game itself is still very good, as I’ve mentioned every time I review FIFA on Switch. It was fun when time suddenly stopped playing in FIFA 17 two generations ago.

It’s not as unrealistic as you would expect EA to somehow speed up the game in the next generation version. If the fashionable new hypermotion buzzword EA is pushing millions of dollars in TV ads, it can only be achieved on the PS5 or Xbox Series X. That’s perfectly fine. Let them show off their silky smooth animations.

But the EA should have thrown us bones at the switch owners. It does not mean tying a string around the same bone, pulling it back and throwing it at us again the following year. People are buying this game. They are worth giving loyalty some new features.

It’s not an exaggeration or guesswork on our part either. As of this writing, FIFA 22 is Amazon UK’s best-selling switch game. According to its metric at this time, of course, it won’t last long. More people buy FIFA 22 on Switch than any other game. Think about that permutation. Also, on the launch weekend, it was announced that 5% of FIFA 22’s sales in the UK are switch versions. This is still a lot given the number of copies.

Switch-owning kids who are crazy about football get FIFA 22 at Christmas and find it the same as last year. Their Christmas will be about as enjoyable as what Cratchets had at A Christmas Carol. And we don’t mean a happy “God blesses us all” Christmas, but a Christmas when Tiny Tim died.

Frankly, it’s a matter of respect. The Switch version may be cheaper than the other versions, but $ 40/35 is still a lot for some people, especially if those people have already purchased FIFA 21. Due to their poor lawns, they are paying a healthy amount of money for what is essentially a roster update.

FIFA 21 was $ 50 / £ 45, but this time EA has cut the price by $ 10, so some might argue that it should be easier. Others would say at least EA actually released something, unlike Konami, who doesn’t even bring a new eFootball game to Switch, even though it’s on mobile (of course, I). We’re not missing it, but it’s the principle of things).

I’m sorry, but I don’t agree with Stockholm Syndrome. We refuse to be fed old food and think, “Well, at least it’s great for them to feed us.” This is the fifth time Switch owners have been treated like second-class citizens, and the third with only one tweak to the game itself.

Don’t be afraid. Please do not buy this game. If you need to play a football game on Switch, buy an old used copy of FIFA 20, 19, or 18. These are all the same. Sure, the roster is out of date, but if you still don’t understand the subtleties of making this whole review, the whole bloody game is out of date anyway.

Last year, FIFA 21 said it was “a straw that broke the camel’s back.” This just means that FIFA 22 is chucking a pile of straw on a dead camel. And if it’s the kind of behavior you endorse, shame you as the phrase goes.