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
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.
Completely immersive, if a bit reptitiveHelkaweth | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all Helkaweth's reviews »
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn hits a sweet spot for both the MMO player and the Final Fantasy buff. With all of the easter eggs, and beautifully sculpted landscapes, one can explore Eorzea for hours on end and find something to do, no matter what.
One of the strong points of the game is the crafting. In previous MMOs like WoW or FF XI, crafting was a matter of having the materials. Now, crafting is a part of the character, that requires grinding and questing. One can get lost in working on their carpentry or blacksmithing alone.
Development is also continuing for this game. Housing and PVP play are soon to arrive in version 2.1. That should be quite exciting!
Overall, it can fall in to the same issue that any MMO can, which is the constant "go here" and "kill this!", but it's still a great game to pick up and play!
A ridiculous improvement to the originalPins | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all Pins's reviews »
I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this having played 1.0 but a month in to this game I have been experiencing what Square Enix can really do with this title. I was so impressed with what I have played so far I have renewed my subscription for 90 days. The combat has been fine tuned and all of the graphics have been made to look better. Overall a vast improvement and I couldn't be happier.
Great Game...GIVE ME CALCULATOR JOB!m3w1thoutY0u | Nov. 3, 2013 | See all m3w1thoutY0u's reviews »
This game is a huge step from 1.0. It feels like a final fantasy game through and through. Performance is much smoother, gameplay and job systems are great...though i wish it had the Calculator job from FF Tactics lol. I can see this pleasing a hardcore mmo fan and a final fantasy fan as well. If youre both, this game is a must have.