FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn
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
Enjoyable MMO world, a little different.trashmyego | Feb. 28, 2014 | See all trashmyego's reviews »
First off, before diving into the genre tropes - this is a world worth exploring and seeing. The overall art design alone is worth a month spent playing. It isn't really forging new ground for gameplay or expectations at end-game content, but that's not really a bad thing for FF XIV, it's not clone at the same time.
Everything is extremely approachable, but also different from the other games on the market. The content available is expansive and varied and all of it can be experienced on a single character. Dungeon design is tight and focused, with some truly entertaining boss encounters throughout the levels. Upon reaching the 'end-game,' there's plenty to do and the raid content is varied enough, but to a degree lacking.
What there is, I've loved. The content design on the fights is breathtaking at times and with time, this game will likely blossom into something truly beautiful. Sadly there are limitations with the cross class system, flexibility being the main one. Over time you can easily gear and prepare numerous roles, but you're limited on their use because of lockouts in the main endgame content. And along with that, crafting feels like an afterthought in the end, though I'm sure it'll receive attention in future patches/expansions.
The jack-of-all-trades character philosophy can also burn you out quite fast upon diving into the endgame content, there aren't any real penalties or bonuses gained from leveling each class/job up, and the traditional role structure of modern MMO's will likely pigeon hole you into only using a single Job. Overall though, there is a lot to like or even love. The community feels like one of the more mature you'll find online these days and the future feels bright, although taking a break might be required while waiting for it to arrive.
Never play a FF game before!fiddy187 | Feb. 21, 2014 | See all fiddy187's reviews »
I purchased FF-XIV Online after watching one of my friends play it for an hour or so. Before this, I had never played, or watched any sort of FF game. To begin with, you're run around on some small quests to get your barrings with the game. Simple stuff, can't really go wrong. After finishing a handful of quests, you can decide for yourself what you want to do. You can contniue on the main story quest line, or go for some side quests and build up money (guill) and exp. You can also choose to do nothing, and just spend your time killing as many small creatures as possible. I started out with the latter. I farmed may way to lvl 10 doing so. From here, I began doing some story quests, and evenly found myself in a higher ranking area, where I could do some side quests worth a lot more exp.
My main problem with the game is definitely the map. More specifically, finding the way-point to quests. I find myself getting lost a lot trying to find the correct way. It could just be me, but I found it very difficult to follow. Other then that, the game is brilliant. I have experienced some minor bugs here and there, but nothing I can't deal with. I find at peak times in some areas, you can get hit hard on FPS with the amount of users running around, and casting spells. Worth watching out for. This problem is gone the second you leave the area however, so nothing to worry about. One personal complaint I have, is the armor/clothing you get early on. It simply looks awful! Once you get to lvl 20+ you get stuff that will actually look nice, but until then, you're going to be running around in dresses, in weird colours (unless you dye it yourself of course)
All together, this game is brilliant! The Pay-to-play model is a bit dated in this day and age, but even still, it's a very enjoyable play. The pricing per month isn't awful, and you get a free month with your purchase anyway. If you're a fan of RPG games, you'll have no problem paying the price. Well worth buying! Highly recommended!
Massively Better - Worth GettingAqueerowl | Feb. 9, 2014 | See all Aqueerowl's reviews »
The first thing to note is that this is not an original game, but a continuation from the first Final Fantasy XIV, which was a total flop. Having played the first game, I urge you to forget about it and focus on what A Realm Reborn has become. With varied, interesting quests and engaging combat, leveling isn't as much of a chore as in other MMO's (I've played WoW, GW, GW2 and so on). The environments are astonishing and even simple tasks such as fishing keep you interested. One of the only problems I found was that when I reached end-game, the level of content dropped drastically. Hopefully they'll add more in further updates.
Your first time with an online FF series?Slaughtz | Feb. 6, 2014 | See all Slaughtz's reviews »
Mine too. Today, I'm unsubscribed only because I cannot afford it. When I first started playing this game, I was disappointed that it didn't feel like a typical FF game. Over time, though, it grows on you - and you start to realize how awesome the game actually is.
Good things: 1) You get a mount relatively early compared to other MMOs. Running only out-stays it's welcome for a couple of hours. In WoW, it was more like a couple days or weeks, even. 2) Questing is fun, has intriguing enough stories, characters and lore to them. Over all, the experience of questing could only be improved by adding voice acting. 3) Music is above-average. It keeps you immersed, and that's about as much as I could ask for. 4) You can play this with a controller. The only MMO I know of which you can do this with.
Negatives: 1) Feels a little grindy, just like any MMO. 2) Grouping with people can sometimes be more trouble than it's worth. I really would prefer if they made grouping and playing with each other a purely positive experience. 3) Sometimes you're playing with people on a different platform in dungeons so they don't interact much at all with the group. Also it has the same problem as every MMO when it comes to dungeons with having to wait a while.
My experience with this game is that it would be an average single-player game by itself. That's actually quite a compliment for an MMO. If you enjoy RPGs and don't mind waiting a bit for other people (which I believe you're required to group with in order to progress) then I really suggest this game. I would get back into it if I could afford it. It's even being continually updated to have more interesting features as time goes on - finally a company not putting the immense amount of cash ($15 per month) to waste!
Note my 88 rating: I dislike the shallowing effect of MMOs in general, so that has put points counting against it! Just so you know my bias.
Very fun MMOsmbritton321 | Jan. 31, 2014 | See all smbritton321's reviews »
Well to start off, Square Enix revived themselves on this game. As a 1.0 player, I can personally say they improved the game 100%. As with any game there are pros and cons. Fortunately there are more pros than cons.... WAY more. There is something for everyone in this game. Detailed crafting, gathering, quests, dungeons, raids, and pvp. One of the best aspects of the game in my opinion is you really only need 1 character to have all classes,jobs, and crafting classes BUT there is a a downside to that. It can be rather grindy for you other main classes you level. All in all, the game is worth playing for any mmo player.