FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn
I had alot of doubts when i heard about this game coming out. that was mainly base on my Exp with FFXI for Xbox 360 and how bad the First FFXIV did. so i went at it like if it is a bomb i would only be out $30. but once i got it and log on, i was blown away. the game play is a 10/10 so is the effect with the combat system. the audio is great. i am running it in 7.1 surround sound. the In game graphics are highly done and in 1080p it is just jaw dropping. but in my mind that doesnt make the game is just the look and sounds. i started the main quest line it was over done in a good way. not like in WoW you just get a pop up box you get full cut scenes that are interactive. and that being said it make you feel more in depth to the game. and the only bad thing i can say about this game is that due to it being in high demand that it is have sever problems like DCs and cant log in, but that is Very common with new MMOs on the first weeks of the launch. so i love it and do say you need to buy it.
No..No Support NO Customer Service Just say NO
There is no rating for Customer Service or Tech Support GameStop, there should be because if you can't play the Game due to Bugs, Glitchs or Issues what's the point of having the Game? I give this Game a worst possible score for Tech Support, there is none ! There are known issues in the Game but Tech Support is not fixing them! One being putting in a trouble ticket and it not going anywhere! You are then directed to a Forum that you can't get a Main Character to save, then you can't post in said Forum (another known issue) to try to get Tech Help only to have other gamers make comments ( totally having you feel humiliated ) to still not get Tech Support. Don't waste your money on this Game. They now limit your Game Play instead of being the innovating Gane they once were but still charge you the same amount. Don't buy this Game. Their Job classes need all kinds of fixes, their graphics are not as stunning as they could be, their worker classes are just that and if you want a second job I say stay IRL and make some money. don't buy this Game. Final Fantasy should sue Square Enix for the mishandling of their franchise! It is sad that a Game that I was so fond of is allowed to become this... I will not be buying anymore Final Fantasy Games due to the mishandling of this one.
This game is amazing if you..
like a challenge, a good community, and good gameplay. I've played GW, WoW, CoH, Rift, GW2, DCUO, The Secret World, Wakfu, and League of Legends and this is, by far, one of the best games I have ever played. If you're expecting a WoW clone, don't bother; FFXIV requires patience and persistence as well as a good attitude. This game, in my opinion, is superior to most MMO's in every way possible. Instead of grinding 10 characters as one horribly engineered "class/profession" each, you can level all classes and all professions on ONE character. You don't seem to ever run out of things to do, either. The community is very helpful and usually cheerful and fun as far as I've seen. My questions weren't answered with trolling and shrieks of try-hards, but rather several polite answers and even an invite to a very helpful and kind guild (haven't seen that since CoH). I've been waiting for a game like this ever since Blizzard destroyed WoW and let it become overrun by angry 12 year olds who hate having to think critically and love making everyone around them miserable for the sake of entertainment. The graphics are beautiful and it stays true to the spirit of the Final Fantasy games. The NPCs are interesting and have made me laugh several times. Give this a try! If you're an old school MMORPG player, I think you'll enjoy it. :)
Just a warning before you buy and subscribe
Well I do actually enjoy the game, as a long time F2P player, the polish and huge variety of things to do is really nice. That being said I probably will not subscribe for this game any longer after my time runs out, the reason being is because of Square Enix's terrible customer service, bot's are a huge problem in this game, I have a tolerance for bot's to an extent, I've played MMO's for 6 years, but the bots in this game are just terrible, there are spam bot's that advertise and try to add you as a friend every 5 minutes and if you blacklist the bot's, they just change their name and bother you endlessly, every corner you turn there is a farming bot, that just ruins the games economy and ruins the experience for me, I have reported numerous amounts of bot's to square through the game and through STF (Special Task Force), yet nothing is ever done to them, so until square figures out a way to alleviate most of the bot problems, I would recommend sticking with F2P or another subscription base that does't have such obtrusive bot's, the video shows some farming bot's, these same bot's have been on here since I started playing 2 months ago, notice how they all belong to the same guild? I've reported them numerous times, couldn't believe I didn't have a bot ask to be my friend in the 5 minutes I logged in.
Finally, a true MMORPG
I did originally have my fair share of doubts about this game, I was concerned that it might be a disaster like 1.0. But after giving the game a chance, I was able to see what it was, the MMORPG that everyone has been longing for, an MMO with an actual concrete story that makes you want to keep playing, and actually continuing this quest line, the game doesn't require much grinding at all, contrary to most MMOs. The game also does require a good amount of teamwork, not just brute team force. The game's graphics are also absolutely breathtaking, the only downside to this game is the subscription fee. Although, it's well worth the money. And also, there are no microtransactions, no hidden fees. Just the game. The amount of loot and customization are wonderful, the character creator is absurdly detailed and great, but no matter what, your character will look good, really. You can even have the oddest details, although they are nice, such as heterochromatic eyes.
Finally, a true MMORPG
Having played a dozen MMOs in the past 16 years, only 3 had that immediate something that told me I'd be playing beyond the honeymoon phase. This is the 4th. It comes down to the difference between an "MMO" and an "MMORPG" in my mind. I've been playing the beta for a while now and I'm incredibly impressed with the experience. Square-Enix has designed their MMOs to force people to work together. Not just in the mass action way that GW2 makes people work together either. I mean actually TALK to each other and get along with each other. And here's why that's a good thing... Example: Nearly every other MMO-> gear up own character, minimally interact with others in a meaningful way other than to use them for acquiring your gear using no real teamwork-> get bored and quit. Square-Enix MMORPGs-> Be presented with a gorgeous world, and character, and a storyline so compelling and immersive that you'll do anything to see it's completion, even being...SOCIAL; Often taking part in an event or boss fight feels like a reward in and of itself. Which do you think makes people actually work together and plan strategies and in the process, make friends who keep you coming back to the game for years? MMOs should be about playing with other people as well as some actual element of Role Play, and outside of mindlessly swinging weapons in each other's presence, most MMOs have forgotten this. FFXIV:ARR makes you feel like more than just "Player Character #1293452". You feel like you have a connection with your character, the way one might with characters in a favorite book series, while at the same time being able to play with your friends and experience the story together. And just to be totally clear, this is not the same game as FFXIV 1.0. This is not an expansion. This is a complete recreation the way it should have been in the first place. A company realized it made a massive blunder and actually did something to fix it. Can't say that about... well pretty much any other game company. Most will just milk their terrible game then move on. SE is giving original 1.0 purchasers this game for free in apology! Class act.
I've been in the beta for ARR for sometime now. I was in the original release as well. I'm about one of the hardest people to please when it comes to MMO's. And my list of beta tests is very extensive. And I can say FFXIV: ARR is well worth the wait, and the money. This game is everything FFXIV should have been. My wife and I are waiting for phase 3 of the beta. And it can't come soon enough! Get it, you won't be dissapointed!
Worlds different from the original FFXIV
Just finished playing the phase 3 Beta for ARR and it's made significant improvements from FFXIV. The original was confusing and limited players on how many quests they could complete daily. FFXIV ARR is much more intuitive. The controls feel familiar and comfortable, and much more like FFXI. The character customization has been significantly improved, while the game play has become much more dynamic then the previous version. I'm very excited with the changes that have been made thus far and look forward to the release.
I played through the entire beta and early access. For a rerelease not a new mmo there is a ton of server issues, things not functioning, and the game itself is very unoriginal to say the least.
The races are just from ffxi, the mobs themselves are also. If you like to level by questing you won't like this structure unless you make a new character for every job/class because you only have a limited number of quests to do and they are far less then needed to level every job or even half.
Instead of making ground breaking advances in mmos they took things from gw2, wow, rift and various other mmos and stuck them all over making a game with a little of everything but that does nothing super well.
It's basically ffxi but made for wow players much like abysea attempted to do with ffxi, that's another subject tho.
Fun for a first mmo. doesn't really stand out.
This game is your standard cookie cutter fantasy mmo with low replayability. Nice graphics, pretty world, shallow gameplay. If you're pretty new to mmos and you like the FF series it might be for you. For the rest of us it's 3 months of entertainment.