FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is finally here, and after nearly a week of playing early access for this review, there’s plenty to be excited about. But there’s still work to do if FUT 22 is going to mount a title challenge – instead of settling for mid-table obscurity.
Ultimate Team is the premier mode FIFA and one of the main reasons why football fans come flooding back through the turnstiles year upon year.
The lure of building a squad packed with the stars of today, as well as the ICONS of years gone by, is almost irresistible to lovers of the beautiful game.
After the big overhauls in FUT for FIFA 22, how does it stack up once the boots are laced and packs start opening?
Check out our full FIFA 22 Ultimate Team review.
Despite all the cosmetic and presentational changes that EA has made to the FUT format for FIFA 22, it’s on the pitch where this truly feels like a new game. The gameplay has been overhauled to make for the most authentic football experience the series has created to date – and it’s a breath of fresh air.
Gone are the end-to-end nine-goal thrillers that were commonplace in FIFA 21. Instead, players are asked to take part in an elaborate chess match to break through stubborn defenses with well-timed moves.
Defending as a whole is more robust, with players much more willing to stay in position and make blocks than last year. It can take a few hours to get used to, but grinding out a result as your opponent throws men forward is just as satisfying as a 3-0 dunking.
Games, in general, feel more tactical than ever before. The first 10 or so in-game minutes are often spent sizing the opponent up and being savvy enough to adjust your gameplan mid-game feels more vital than ever.
The midfield, which has often taken something of a backseat in previous years, is now the battleground where matches are won or lost. Finding the right balance of protection for the backline and support for the frontmen is crucial, and welcomes lots of tinkering from us aspiring tactical masterminds.
There’s a lot to love in FIFA 22, especially if you’ve looked at the PES (or eFootball now) series’ more simulation-based approach to gameplay and wished it could come packaged with EA’s knack for securing official licensing.
It’s a shame, then, that the on-the-pitch action is held back by some glaring issues that are frustrating at best, and rage-inducing at worst.
Game of two halves
It’s far too common that players you control won’t lock on to the ball after it breaks loose. There have been dozens of occasions where a pressing striker will poke the ball away from a defender, only for the midfield to stand by and let the opponents gather it back up.
The same issue crops up when crossing. Seeing Erling Haaland make a busting run into the box only to sprint away from the ball when it comes in really breaks the immersion – and probably controllers.
Goalkeepers are also widely inconsistent. The new animations and AI make often make them seem impossible to beat, as they save one-on-ones time and time again. But after seeing so many shots tipped around the post, it feels cheap to then score, or concede, because they parried a tame header into the side-netting.
Finally, there’s also a real problem with swapping which player you control when defending. You sometimes have to press switch four or five times before it changes to the man who is nearest the opponent, using up precious seconds that can cost you the chance to make a tackle.
The good news is that most of these issues can be fixed in updates and patches throughout the year. Hopefully, these fixes come soon so that this prospect can live up to his full potential.
Away from the pitch
It’s not just on the field that has seen a reinvention, there have also been some major changes to the FUT modes and how you earn those valuable rewards. After years of demanding huge time and investments from its players, accessibility is the name of the game in FUT 22.
The way modes that the two main modes, Division Rivals and FUT Champions, have been changed means that you no longer have to sink in an obscene number of hours to still earn packs and coins.
Rivals now resets after each season, and you only have to win seven matches to be eligible for weekly rewards. While FUT Champs is broken up into Play-Offs and Finals, the latter of which requires you to play 20 games over a weekend. Much more manageable than last year’s 30.
The cost of all this accessibility is that unless you have the time and skill to compete in the FUT Champs Finals consistently, the rewards themselves are much leaner. It’s early days but substantial packs and coins have been hard to come by so far, and the well-documented “FUT grind” is back in full effect.
By making the pack rewards less valuable, and coins harder to grind for, FUT still has the gross feeling that it’s geared around its notorious monetization model that seems to pressure players into consistently coughing up real money for the chance of packing a Messi or a Ronaldo.
This is an issue that has plagued the mode almost since its inception, and it’s disheartening as a long-time fan and football fanatic to see that it’s still attacking my wallet, if not my time.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has a lot of potential. The more thoughtful, methodical gameplay makes it the most vivid recreation of the sport in the series to date, and a true joy to play at times.
There are some kinks that need to be ironed out, and the constant push towards its loot boxes feels as gross as ever, but there is a great football game here, underneath all the issues and gambling.
Overall, we’re hopeful that FIFA 22 Ultimate Team can evolve and grow as the year goes on, and live up to its billing as a future star.
Image credits: EA
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team packs guide: Names, value and, contents
There’s a whole of different packs to open in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, so here’s our guide on each ones value and contents.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is stuffed full of different packs to open in the hope of bagging a Ronaldo or Messi, but it can be hard to know which pack is which. Here’s our full guide of every FUT pack’s name, value, and contents.
Whether you’re playing Squad Battles or FUT Champs, earning packs is the way to improve your squad and earn valuable coins.
But so many packs to be earned, it’s not always clear what’s inside the rewards you are working towards. Here’s our complete guide on every FIFA 22 pack’s name, value, and contents.
Table of contents
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team packs
FUT 22 bronze packs
The cheapest packs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team are the packs containing bronze items, with players up to 64 rated.
- Read more: Best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter squad
While these may seem like they have little value, EA included them as a great way to make a small, gradual profit.
Here’s what’s inside each bronze, as well as their values:
- Bronze Pack (400)
- 12 items, 1 rare
- Premium Bronze Pack (750)
- 12 items, 3 rares
FUT 22 silver packs
Next up are packs featuring silver items. Players found in these packs can be rated anywhere up to 74.
- Read more: FIFA 22 Team of the Week
If you have some coins to spare, opening these might offer up an obscure player who becomes important for an SBC later in the year.
Find every silver pack and its value below:
- Silver Pack (2,500)
- 12 items, 1 rare
- Premium Silver Pack (3,750)
- 12 items, 3 rares
FUT 22 gold packs
These are the standard FUT packs containing items that will be invaluable in the early stages of Ultimate Team but still have the chance to produce walkouts.
Although they become less appealing as the year goes on, they’re a cheap way of securing rare Chemistry Styles and Manager Leagues.
Here’s every standard gold pack you can find on the FUT store:
- Gold pack (5,000)
- 12 items, 1 rare
- Premium Gold Pack (7,500)
- 12 items, 3 rare
FUT 22 promo packs
Some more valuable FIFA 22 Ultimate Team packs land on the store regularly during promotional events or serve as rewards to SBCs.
These often contain far more rare gold players than the standard lineup and have higher probabilities of pricing walkouts or special cards.
Here’s every promo pack that could show up on the FUT store:
- Gold 13 Pack (5,000)
- 13 items, 1 rare
- Jumbo Gold Pack (12,500)
- 24 items, 3 rare
- Gold Player Pack (12,500)
- 12 players, 1 rare
- Premium Electrum Players Pack (12,500)
- 6 gold players, 6 silver players, 3 rares
- Jumbo Premium Gold Pack (15,000)
- 24 items, 7 rares
- Prime Electrum Players Pack (20,000)
- 6 gold players, 6 silver players, 6 rares
- Premium Gold Players Pack (25,000)
- 12 gold players, 3 rares
- Rare Gold Pack (25,000)
- 12 items, 12 rares
- Gold Upgrade Pack (30,000)
- 12 gold players, no rares
- Rare Electrum Players Pack (30,000)
- 6 gold players, 6 silver, 12 rares
- Mega Pack (35,000)
- 30 items, 18 rares
- Prime Gold Players Pack (45,000)
- 12 players, 6 rares
- Jumbo Premium Gold Players Pack (50,000)
- 24 players, 7 rares
- Rare Players Pack (50,000)
- 12 gold players, 12 rares
- Rare Mega Pack (55,000)
- 30 gold items, 30 rares
- Jumbo Rare Players Pack (100,000)
- 24 gold players, 24 rares
- Ultimate Pack (125,000)
- 30 gold players, 30 rares
FUT 22 reward packs
Certain FIFA 22 Ultimate Team packs never make their way onto the FUT store and can only be earned by completing SBCs or objectives.
These range in terms of quality, but they have no assigned coin value because they cannot be bought.
Here is every other valuable pack that can be earned on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team:
- Small Mixed Player Pack
- 2 gold players, 2 silver players, 2 bronze players, 1 rare
- Small Electrum Players Pack
- 3 gold players, 3 silver players, 1 rares
- Mixed Players Pack
- 4 gold players, silver players, 4 bronze players, 1 rare
- Small Gold Players Pack
- 6 players, 1 rare
- Small Prime Mixed Players Pack
- 2 gold players, 2 silver players, 2 bronze players, 3 rares
- Small Prime Electrum Players Pack
- 3 gold players, 3 silver players, 3 rares
- Small Rare Mixed Players Pack
- 2 gold players, 2 silver players, 2 bronze players, 6 rares
- Rare Mixed Players Pack
- 4 gold players, 4 silver players, 4 bronze players, 12 rares
- Small Rare Electrum Players Pack
- 3 gold players, 3 silver players, 6 rares
- Small Rare Gold Players Pack
- 6 players, 6 rares
- Jumbo Premium Gold 26 Pack
- 26 players, 7 rares
- Electrum Players Pack
- 6 gold players, 6 silver players, 1 rare
- Prime Mixed Players Pack
- 4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze players, 6 rares
That was our guide on all of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team packs. EA will likely add more FIFA 22 Ultimate Team packs throughout the year, so be sure to check back here for the latest updates.
Image credits: EA
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team pack animations: How to tell if it’s boards or a walkout
Packs are the lifeblood of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and there’s an easy way to tell if you’re about to get boards or a walkout.
Opening packs is one of the many things that makes FIFA 22 Ultimate Team so addictive, as we desperately hunt for that next star player. Luckily, there is a way to tell if you’re getting a boards or walkout player before you see their face.
FIFA 22 has landed, and eager fans are jumping back into the Ultimate Team grind for another season. A dizzying amount of packs have already been opened, as fans seek to pull the game’s highest-rated players.
Even though EA has made the pack animations far less drawn out this year, there is still a period of suspense while you’re waiting for the player to reveal himself.
However, those with a keen eye will notice a way of knowing how good the pack is ahead of time.
FIFA 22 boards pack animation
Every card can be useful in some way, whether it be as a starter in your Ultimate Team, an impact sub, or SBC fodder. That being said, everyone opens a pack with the hope of getting someone who’s at least boards.
These cards have a rating of 83 or above, and in some cases can still have very high values depending on their stats, league, and nation.
The giveaway from EA that you have packed a boards player is that the stage that shows off the best card in the pack will have orange flames on both sides.
Once you spot it, you know you’re guaranteed at least an 83-rated card or higher.
FIFA 22 walkout pack animation
While packing a boards player is by no means a bad result – what fans really want to see is a walkout.
As the name suggests, these cards are rated 86 or higher and are accompanied by an animation of the player walking onto the screen and doing some sort of celebration.
- Read more: FIFA 22 Bundesliga Player of the Month
Much like boards, these packs are also met with fireworks that light up the screen. This time you’ll see six different flames from all around the stage to hammer home that you’ve been awarded something particularly special.
After a few suspenseful moments, the nation will appear on the boards at either side of the card, and the player you have packed will come out – usually performing a hilarious animation.
Fans had originally complained that the animation for walkout players was too fast and didn’t build up enough tension compared to previous years, but this was changed in the latest update.
That was how you can tell how good a pack is before the best player inside is revealed so you get hyped in advance.
EA may tweak the pack animations further throughout the year, we’ll update this page with any new tells that are added or discovered by fans.
Image credits: EA
How to recover quick sold FUT players in FIFA 22
If you’ve quick sold a player by mistake in FIFA 22, here’s an easy way you can recover them before they’re lost forever.
Quick-selling players in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is an easy way to make quick coins on unwanted cards. But how do you recover them back if you quick sell by accident? We’ve got a guide, right here.
If you pack an unwanted FIFA 22 player who doesn’t have much market value, you can quick sell to make a quick buck.
But if your fingers slip and you accidentally discard a high-value TOTW or an SBC player, don’t panic – there is an easy way to get them back.
How to recover quick sold players in FIFA 22
For whatever reason, EA hasn’t included a way of retrieving lost players within the main FIFA 22 Ultimate Team menus.
Luckily, all is not lost, because you can easily get them back using the FIFA 22 Web App.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
- Login to the FIFA 22 Web App or the mobile Companion App
- Head into the Club menu
- Click on ‘Quick Sell Recovery’
- Press on the calender icon and select the date you discarded the player
- Scroll to the player you want to retreive
- Click ‘Recover’
- The player will now move into the ‘Unassigned’ section of the main FUT menu
- Send them back to your club
This is an extremely useful feature if you’ve mistakenly lost an item, but it does come with a handful of caveats that fans should be aware of.
Quick sell recovery requires players to pay back the coins they received for originally discarding them.
This isn’t an issue with untradeable cards, but worth bearing in mind with special cards that have big quick sell values.
You can also only rescue players you have quick sold in the last seven days, after that they are lost forever. There’s also a limit of five recoveries every 30 days.
That was our easy guide on how to recover quick sold items in this year’s Ultimate Team, so keep it in mind the next time you discard your best player.
Image credits: EA
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