With FIFA 23 releasing around the world this week, fans of the game have been amazed at how good the graphics are in the latest installment in EA Sports’ flagship franchise.
Images and screenshots are circulating on social media demonstrating the incredible detail of the high-resolution face scans. The next-gen technology implemented to make the game’s last edition’s partnership with the governing body of world football ahead of its rebranding as EA Sports FC next year is truly stunning.
For example, see how exactly every single whisker on Lionel Messi’s face is rendered in pixel form.
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FIFA 23 graphics 🤯
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 25, 2022
And marvel at the level of microscopic mapping, with in-game lighting effects also optimized to help players learn every single pore on Karim Benzema’s shiny forehead.
Karim Benzema in FIFA 23 😳🔥 pic.twitter.com/82UILYuBVJ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 26, 2022
However, not everyone is so enthusiastic about the player figures on display. In fact, Benfica defender Lucas Verissimo’s wife was incandescent after stumbling across the avatar that portrayed her husband in FIFA 23.
Que coisa feia é essa? KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK NÃO CASEI C UM HOMEM FEIO NÃO https://t.co/q5FFUsw0Bx
— Amanda Verissimo (@oimandverissimo) September 27, 2022
Amanda Verissimo commented on a tweet shared by a fan, who exclaimed that they “didn’t know whether to laugh or cry” at the Brazilian centre-back’s decidedly unflattering player model.
“What is this ugly thing? I didn’t marry an ugly man.” she exclaimed in terror.
For the record, here’s what the 27-year-old Brazilian actually looks like.
An Arsenal fan has too expressed their anger after noting that the Gunners don’t bear much resemblance to the players who earned an early spot at the top of the Premier League table.
Arsenal FIFA 23 faces
Faces of Ben White, Gabriel, Lokonga, Fabio and ESR 😭 pic.twitter.com/wvHr0Hff0l
— Doc (@karthikadhaigal) September 26, 2022
As a side note, in case there is any doubt about how seriously fans are taking this topic, the above tweet links to “FIFA 23 Faces”, a YouTube channel dedicated to in-game player likenesses.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has also undergone an equally odd makeover, with some joking that the famously suave Spanish head coach has been transformed into his English lower-division alter ego.Michael Anderson.”
Apparently that’s Mikel Arteta in FIFA 23?
Come on, this is Michael Anderson 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/g9jHqIzAU8
— Av (@aviv_lavi) September 27, 2022
At least those harmed by their FIFA 23 models can rest assured that they haven’t been made as dirty as Franck Ribery was in FIFA 20.
— Franck Ribéry (@FranckRibery) October 17, 2019
It’s almost as if EA Sports purposely teamed Ribery with former Bayern Munich team-mate Arjen Robben – who together formed the impressive partnership known as ‘Robbery’ that terrorized Bundesliga full-backs for years – to create the ultimate ‘superwinger’ to create.
The Frenchman even took to Twitter complain about the shabby resemblancewho complained that it had upset his children – which, given the circumstances, was perfectly understandable.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-the-toe-poke/story/4755815/fifas-benzemamessi-graphics-are-great-but-some-not-happy FIFA’s Benzema, Messi graphics are great, but some not happy