Player Career features a revolutionary character system that lets you play, with FIFA 23 Coins the most dramatic air quotes, take on the role of the player you choose to be. In my case, it came to earning 25 'Maverick points' for purchasing a 'High-end Hybrid Mattress' for a Serbian striker playing in the K-League and, therefore, you can imagine the time I spent with that.
It is now possible to choose the real Manager (or Ted Lasso, however real you want him to have been) that you're able to take on in Manager Career and Manager Career, however, unless you want to cosplay as a mute Jason Sudekis or dress as Eddie Howe in a lovely sweater, there's nothing else to do except enjoy the awkward cutscenes. The time invested in importing AFC Richmond for its brief novelty might have had better use such as integrating Women's Club Football into Career Mode however it's not included. This is a shame since the women's game is such an excellent example of power of EA's HyperMotion motion-capture technology, offering authentic motion-capture animations that ramp up the immersive tension.
However, FIFA 23 still has the potential to be excruciating. Goalkeepers may collapse in the middle of the field instead of trying to save the game and there are few things more boring than being faced with a dweeb during Seasons who seems to be more obsessed with doing endless complex steps and tricks than actually playing football.
Matchmaking has been improved. In the case of clubs outside the European elite, you don't seem to get drawn against the PSGs of your club or your Real Madrids as often. However, there are occasions when Ronaldo perve can still show on the cheap FUT 23 Coins as Manchester United. Perhaps this speaks more to Manchester United's Red Devils' fall from grace over anything else, however.