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
The Best Available MMOharpiegirl | March 31, 2015 | See all harpiegirl's reviews »
To begin, I've played many MMOs over the years, both free-to-play and subscription based. With that being said, I'll be honest; it's easy for me to lose interest in them.
Final Fantasy XIV is a great take on both the Final Fantasy universe and an MMO. It has an engaging class system that allows you to partake in as many or as little classes as you want(all of which are based on classes available in previous Final Fantasy installments)...on a single character. That means you can share available equipment and accessories with a single character, and change classes on the go. You'll always have a class to improve or level, all in once place.
Additionally, there are classes dedicated solely to harvesting and crafting items. You can level up from this so there's no real need to ever fight or anything like that if you wish. This is a fairly rare feature, I've only seen it in one other MMO.
Character customization is fantastic. There are many different options and if you're like me and obsessed with making a unique and cute character, you'll love this system. My only real complain is that it could use some more varied hairstyles.
Combat is very similar to that of Tera Online except you'll need to click on enemies and party members more often. If you liked that, you'll probably like this. Plus, there is an easy to use party finder system that does its job very well. It'll pair teams per what type of class each member is, in order to balance them. For instance an outcome could be one healer, one offensive mage, a tank and one melee fighter.
Really what stopped me from subscribing was a lack of disposable income to pay the sub and consistently having enough time to play each month. While the game is by far the best MMO I've ever played, sub fees can be very daunting, especially if you don't have a lot of free time every month. It's definitely worth a try, especially if you do have free time.
Good MMO fare in a Final Fantasy packageMadDemon64 | Jan. 9, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Final Fantasy XIV is an MMO that doesn’t do anything new, just good.
If you have played Final Fantasy XI, then you know what you are more or less getting into. The story is decent, but isn’t anything new. The combat is very similar to most MMOs. If you have played tab-targeted MMOs, then you will be very comfortable with the combat in this game. Similarly, the quest system is very similar to the quest system in most MMOs: accept quests in a city and go out in the wild to do it. There are some random events that happen in the different areas, and they are fun to do at first, but can become dull and repetitive, especially if you do them constantly.
Final Fantasy XIV is decent if you are looking for a new Final Fantasy game, but if you are looking for a new MMO that does something differently, then Final Fantasy XIV is not for you.
Great Theme Park MMOexenor | Nov. 19, 2014 | See all exenor's reviews »
Absolutely one of the best theme park MMOs on the market, widely considered the #2 MMO currently out there.
A butt ton of content, a great story quest (that everyone can experience) and a good mix of casual and hardcore content to cater to just about anyone.
Crafting is very in depth, and the class system is one of my favorites (who doesn't like having every class on a single character?)
Good MMOnightassassin1 | May 13, 2014 | See all nightassassin1's reviews »
This was more than I expected. The game is incredibly beautiful and quite fun. I don't like subscription based games, but this one is worth it. I was part of the closed beta and I loved it so much I actually bought it and payed the subscription. It is a million times better than Elder Scrolls Online. The makers of that game didn't understand how an MMORPG should work, but the makers of this one understood it very well.
If you love an amazingly beautiful art style and MMORPGs this is a great game to get. I was simply stunned by the game's beauty. It plays like a dream and is a new and interesting experience. This felt like WoW with an upgraded experience and great graphics. I could see this as a good successor to WoW, I feel like it delivers what it promised, great graphics, an immersive environment, fun game play, and a well rounded battle system.
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.