FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (NA)
Players that have the original release version of FINAL FANTASY XIV (V1.0) will not need to purchase FFXIV: ARR to continue playing on the PC. There are a number of points that you should be aware of should you consider purchasing a new copy of FFXIV: ARR so please ensure that you read this link before making a pre-order or purchase.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that invites you to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world.
Form a party and adventure with a multitude of players from across the globe. Forge friendships, mount chocobos, and board airships as you and your companions create your own unique stories in Eorzea.
Set out alone or enlist the aid of friends as you undertake epic quests, battle familiar FINAL FANTASY monsters, and acquire unique abilities and equipment. All the classic elements from the series that you have come to know and love are waiting!
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help reforge the fate of Eorzea!
All the hallmarks of the FINAL FANTASY franchise, including genre-leading graphics and high-definition real-time cutscenes that advance the game’s rich storyline
Incredible new graphics engine that delivers a high level of detail and quality on both the PlayStation®3 and Windows PC platforms
A flexible class system that allows players to change between over eighteen different classes on the fly simply by changing their equipped weapon or tool
Breathtaking musical score by renowned FINAL FANTASY series composer Nobuo Uematsu
Cross platform play on Playstation®3 and Windows PC
Robust gameplay features—such as Free Companies, story-driven player–vs.-player content, and primal summoning—to bring players together
Best MMO I've played in a long timeKoga1211 | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all Koga1211's reviews »
I've played many MMO's over the last 10 year's or so, and I know many will will disagree with me on this but this is one of the best MMO's I've ever played. I haven't got bored with it, which hasn't happened in years.
As others said, it CAN fall into some grinding traps, but at the same time I've leveled faster in this WITHOUT grinding, more than a few times, than I have in any other MMO. I'm actually not sure why people are complaining so much about the grind, simply because most of it is avoidable. You can level up pretty swiftly just from doing the main storyline and dungeons, everything else is just filler that can be ignored or consumed at your leisure.
Now, on to the game itself; It's Final Fantasy! I love the worlds atmosphere because it FEELS like FF. The armory system is great: Basically you pick your starting class, and after level 10 or so, you unlock the armory system. At this point, you can go talk to other guild leaders (basically the guys you get your class-quests from) and unlock those classes.
Then all you do is equip the weapon for that class, and you change classes. You CAN play ALL the classes, and level them ALL to max on a single character. In other words, NO MORE REROLLING! Bored with melee? Feel like casting spells today? Switch gear sets and have at it.
For me, that's a god send. I hated having to make alts in other MMO's just so I could experience different fighting styles.
You may be thinking at this point "But you still have to level up again even if you're not technically rerolling" - True, but you get a sizeable EXP bonus based on your highest class level. So for example if I have a lvl 30 lancer, and then I switch to playing a Gladiator, I'll get a huge bonus to my exp gains. Which, btw, stacks with rested experience and any other bonuses I pick up (like from eating).
It's based on the gap between the class you're playing and your highest class level, so I can't give exact numbers, but basically it'll range between 50%-250% - I'm sure it goes higher than this, but currently that's the highest I think I've seen, but I haven't hit max level yet, so I don't know what it is if you're 49 levels apart, for example. That said, 250% on mobs that already give like 1000 EXP is pretty nice.
Anywhere there's lots of other features I could talk about but this is already long enough.
TL;DR: If you like FF, if you like the freedom to play the class you want without having to grind too hard to do it, if you like riding Chocobos and sending mail via Moogles, then give the game a go.
Great eye-candy with tedious grindlavigator | Jan. 9, 2014 | See all lavigator's reviews »
The game looks amazing, but what set me off was the leveling. You finish quests, but then you will still be below the recommended level for the next zone. Not too many abilities (maybe this is a good thing,) but it didn't help that I was using the same 3-4 abilities while trying to level for hours. The player base is pretty friendly, rarely any trollish types, and people are always looking to party. Admittedly, I haven't really leveled too far - about level 20 - but I couldn't find myself to play much further; it's only my preference, but maybe you will get a better experience.
This doesn't affect this rating, but expect Square Enix's support to be exceedingly horrible. A good amount of my friends have had the worst possible support I've ever seen - had a friend that waited over 2 months to get a reply for a hacked account and another 4 to get it all sorted out.
If you enjoy that moment where you stop everything and just enjoy the scenery or like to play with an MMO that encourages you to play in a party, then check it out.
Very Pretty MMORPGironman517 | Jan. 5, 2014 | See all ironman517's reviews »
Honestly, I only bought this game because my friends were playing it at the time. But I had a blast while playing. The graphics in this game are very good when compared to other MMOs, it might not be as good as Skyrim, but as far as MMORPGs go, it has some of the best graphics out there. It has a pretty open world, you can level in different places depending on your level. You often have the opportunity to level in multiple places. This game, as well as many other MMORPG's is very grind heavy. You grind levels, you grind out your gear and you raid.
The problem I have with this game is that the endgame gear is very boring, it has no customization, or variety. Everyone looks the same at the end game. This game is great for people that like to level many characters in a MMO since you can level all of your classes with only 1 character. If you do not like to level multiple characters, you might get pretty bored on your off raid days.
Nostalgic Final Fantasy MMO, with a bit too much grind.koztah | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all koztah's reviews »
With the release of Guild Wars 2, it was assumed that that would mark the end of the subscription-based MMO. After all, GW2 offers all the bells and whistles of a sub-based MMO, without the sub.
But Final Fantasy XIV is another beast entirely. If you enjoy Final Fantasy in general, particularly if you enjoyed it during the SNES and PS1 days, you will adore FFXIV:ARR. The music is composed by Nobuo Uematsu, the main story is classic Final Fantasy, all the iconic monsters are there and it plays really quite well.
The dungeons are well-designed
What is it missing? Well, quests for secondary classes. If you want an advanced job, you need to level other classes from scratch. For your first advanced job? Not a problem. Even playing casually, raising your secondary class to 15 will take under a week. But if you decide you don't like your advanced class? Well, now you have to raise another class up to 50 without the benefit of the story quests. You do FATES (open-group world quests), you repeat dungeons. Separate questlines for each class (besides the ones you get at 5-level increments) would do a lot to alleviate this.
So, in essence, very worth playing. Fantastic art design (by Yoshitaka Amano!), amazing music (by Nobuo Uematsu!) but the grindiness can get to you. Particularly if you have a lot of things to do with your free time besides play FFXIV.
Fun, With Minor Issuesstarrman | Nov. 10, 2013 | See all starrman's reviews »
A very fun game in its own right, and just what you'd expect from a Final Fantasy MMO. Fun as it is, however, it does have some problems. First, it does get a bit grindey at times. After you finish your quests, all you can do to level up is to grind fates. Non-endgame dungeons don't sure much point as they give little to no experience. The graphics are beautiful, but the voice acting is lazy at times. Great story, pretty to look at, fun but standard issue MMO gameplay. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy Final Fantasy games.