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22nd Sep 2023

EA Sports FC 24 is the premier football experience

Hugh Carr

EA Sports FC 24 review

Back of the net.

Since the removal of the F word (FIFA), the rebrand of EA’s flagship football game was one that was met with a lot of tension and trepidation from fans. Change is always scary, and with such a huge name in football pulling branding, valid concerns were raised about whether more than just the name would be gone from the experience.

A major reveal event in Amsterdam showed an early build of the game that led us to believe that everything was going to be okay, and this week’s full launch has confirmed that. The game is as solid, if not more so than previous years, with an addictive gameplay loop which is sure to keep fans coming back for more.

Gameplay is smooth and intuitive, with plays being easy to carry out, and the animation and physics giving an extra sense of realism to the on-pitch action. Visually, the gameplay is as close if not better than broadcast quality in terms of graphics feeding players information and what they need to know about their team.

All of the classic modes have made a comeback, with Manager Career mode being a personal highlight. I’ve already begun the quintessentially Irish experience of choosing to manage Celtic and leading them to Champion’s League glory. While it could be daunting to new players, the back office section of the mode is easy to grasp, with the option for delegation on tasks such as contract negotiations, and clear explanations on squad tactics and training.

If you’re a fan of the previous games in the series, EA Sports FC 24 is a no-brainer purchase for fans looking to continue their Ultimate Team journey or to continue to maintain bragging rights over friends. This is easily one of the best sports games of the year.

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