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.
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.
The game has been revamped from the bottom up
i have been keeping up with the game since they announced realm reborn and i am very impressed with the amount of work and dedication the team is putting into the game. they are listening and have made the game a lot better and very much worth the 29.99 and the monthly fee
A great MMORPG with an amazing questline
Ignore the other commenter bc he obviously has never even played this game. You can actually be all classes with a single character. You level each class individually which is great for people like me who don't like making new toons and starting from scratch (it gets easier to level up new classes as you go on). More classes are unlocked as you play and meet certain requirements similar to how Final Fantasy Tactics did things (job system). The main quest line is actually really good which is astounding bc I never thought I'd play an MMO where I care about the story at all yet it manages to pull you in like its a SP FF game almost. There are quests everywhere as well, especially alongside the main story quests as well as the two leve quest systems and the guildhest questing system. Oh and the GC quests as well. Dungeons are good fun so far but nothing groundbreaking. Essentially this is a good MMO that gets a lot of things right (voice acting sucks, luckily there isn't much of it) while at the same time isn't exactly groundbreaking in the genre. If you're an MMORPG fan you'll probably like this game.
Worth the money
Definitely a game worth buying for $30 after the abysmal server mess the first week of launch. Now that it's pretty much solved people are actually able to play. You get a free month upon purchasing so decide whether it's worth the sub fee after that. The sound/music from FF is what all FF fans have known for years, simply amazing. The graphics are up to par with todays MMOs. The replay value is fairly high due to the amount of classes/jobs to do and pure content to farm for now. Gameplay is smooth and easy and everything is explained along the way as you level and venture further into the game. Hardcores and casuals alike will find something to keep themselves entertained and playing for quite some time.
Best MMORPG I've ever played.
I've played a lot of MMORPG's in my time, like Everquest, WoW, Aion, Rift, Guild Wars, Maplestory, etc and FFXIV: ARR is by far the best I've played. The game offers many layers of content slowly added on as you level. There is a down side to that though. The down side is that it makes the earlier levels very boring to MMO vets. The game doesn't pick up until level 20 to 30. The difficulty of the game was also tuned to be more casual friendly in the earlier levels compared to your usual MMORPG, but gets hardcore late in the game. So MMO vets might automatically write the game off as too easy, and maybe the same with some new to MMOs, but believe me the hardcore factor will come if you're willing to drag through the earlier levels.
No more needing to make multiple characters if you want to try the other classes. You can level every class on the same character, and switching your class is as easy as switching the weapon or tool you are holding in your hand, and you do not need to re-equip all your equipment again every time you switch classes since you can save gear sets. Unlike most MMORPGs inventory space is not as big of an issue here due to the armoury system. Your equipment and items each have their own separate inventory. The Armoury is for your equipment and has further sub-inventories for each part of the body. But even with this system you will still get filled up eventually, but by that time you'll have unlocked retainers to store your stuff. Combat is pretty basic at first until you get to some very interesting bosses with nice mechanics.
Also, do not listen to anyone saying that ARR does nothing new or innovative for the MMORPG genre. The game takes some familiar MMORPG staples and innovates them, like with the crafting and housing, which is more interesting and in-depth than your usual MMORPG. Crafting actually has their own classes in the game. Housing will include player neighborhoods (zones just for housing), and other players can build or craft houses, towers, etc for you. On top of this they will be bringing things entirely new to the genre in future patches (as of the time of typing this) like the Gold Saucer amusement park. Housing, PVP, Chocobo raising and breeding, etc will be added in a future patch, but are things to look forward to.
I should also point out that the graphics are horrible on the PS3 version, but absolutely beautiful on the PC version. Overall the game is excellent, but if you're an MMORPG vet I would recommend waiting until the first major update coming 3 months post-launch as many things like housing, PVP, chocobo raising and breeding, and obvious quality-of-life things like the ability to pick and choose what quests show in the duty finder (aka quest tracker), and numerous other things, will be added. This game is not an MMORPG to miss. It's good for both newcomers to the genre and vets looking for something new while still retaining a familiar feel to it. To sum it up this game is a gem, but to get to the gem you have to dig through the dirt.