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
Only if you are in to FFCarbonal | April 24, 2014 | See all Carbonal's reviews »
From the perspective of a veteran MMO player, FFXIV is nothing special. After reaching level cap I quit due to the fact that it was so samey. The story is what holds the game up, and is the main reason that I stuck with it for so long. I would say if you are a Final Fantasy fan you will like this game quiet a bit.
Refreshing, beautiful, and a little grindyrsencarn | April 20, 2014 | See all rsencarn's reviews »
FFXIV: A Realm Reborn is a Square Enix reboot of its failed former foray back into the MMORPG scene. Its earlier iteration was a mess of bugs, missing features, and an altogether incomplete game that played like a labor of love endured by only the most hardcore FF fans.
FFXIV: ARR has fixed the vast majority of issues that existed in its earlier incarnation. It is a solid MMO that any adherent to theme park MMO's such as WoW, SWTOR, or RIFT will find familiar and comfortable. It is by no means a groundbreaking originator in the genre. Those who enjoy Final Fantasy as a franchise will surely find their money well spent in the world of Eorzea. The levelling is streamlined and a smooth hand-holding experience. Quests are the usual fare in MMO settings - fetch quests, kill X of creature Y, and escorts. But the quality of the quests and lore behind them can reach the level of excitement and intrigue I have not experienced for quite a while in other MMO's.
The instances are interesting and have some creative mechanics for boss encounters and trash alike. The endgame is challenging and expanding with each update. The game seems to get better with each patch.
Great If You Are a FF Fan..Emoski12 | April 5, 2014 | See all Emoski12's reviews »
Ahh Final Fantasy, a name that brings back nostalgia to long time gamers like myself. In this Exciting 14th (Not Technically, but roll with it..) Installation we get a new online experience that is far from perfect, but still carries the Square Enix name. In FF 14 A Realm Reborn you choose your class, follow the story, max your class and become bored. Yes you can join guilds and create other classes as well. They story itself is decent and planned out. But the missions are ridiculous. The crafting is horrible. You have to change classes in order to craft certain items that are purchasable anyway.. If you aren't a fan of Final Fantasy, there are other MMO's out there that are a better use of your money. But sadly for me, I'm a long time Square Enix guy and have to pay. For Graphics and Story detail I give the game a 8/10. But for the price, battles system, crafting and anything else that should be good on a MMO this game gets a 6/10.
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!