FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn
Good but not yet great....
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (FFXIV: AAR) is a complete remake and relaunch of the original Final Fantasy XIV Online. Final Fantasy XIV Online, also known as Version 1.0, wasn’t a big hit among fans and reviewers. Final Fantasy XIV is a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). Version 1.0 came out in 2010 and after a very hard start up and a lot of concerns with the players and fans, SquareEnix decided to scrap the whole game and hire new developers to make a new Final Fantasy XIV. This review is only for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Version 2.0). This game is great in different ways in versatility, graphics, game play, dungeons, and some of the bad.
The versatility of FFXIV: AAR is very good. The game released on PC and PS3. It will also be release on the PS4 in 1Q of 2014. I purchased the game on PC first and then bought it for PS3 at a little later date. The nice thing about that is where ever you leave off on the PC, you pick up at the same spot on the PS3. It does run a little better on the PC but still runs great on the PS3. The frame rate at which your computer can run can be higher than on the PS3. The frame rate on the PS3 is capped at 30FPS. When it releases on PS4, they are moving the frame rate up to 60FPS and not 30FPS. I have noticed on the PS3 that if you are doing a FATE (discussed further down), sometimes you can’t see the mobs or boss because you need more frame rates. You do have to buy the game on both systems but when they release it on PS4, PS3 players will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version for free. Another good thing about this is that the servers do not change. If you are playing on the PS3, you are also playing with others on PS3 and on PC and vice versa.
SquareEnix is known for their gorgeous environments and graphics. The graphics while walking around in Eorzea are stunning. The cities, towns, and the open world all have nice detailing even if you don’t have the greatest graphics card or have a few lower settings. I can’t even imagine how gorgeous it would look on a high end PC. One detail that I noticed is that if you zoom in on your character and you type something, the character will move their mouths. The environment is so rich and colorful that sometimes you just need to stop and just look. At night time, if you look up at the stars they even twinkle.
Gameplay in FFXIV: AAR is very traditional to all the other MMOs. They have added a few other things to make it stand out. One of the biggest ones is that you only really need one character for everything. If you choose the class Thaumaturges (basically a mage), later in the game after you hit a certain level you can actually change your class to an Arcanist (summoner). All you have to do is find the main quest person for the Arcanist class and equip that weapon for the Arcanist. You will start back to Level 1 and have to build up that class. I believe SquareEnix did this to avoid people creating more than one character. One disadvantage of this is once you hit a certain level with your secondary class, it is hard to level up. You will have to do a lot of grinding and FATEs (Full Active Time Event). FATEs appear randomly in the entire world. Sometimes these can consist of either killing a very hard mob or going on a killing frenzy killing different mobs. A lot of times, anyone near the area of the FATE, they will rush there and participate in the FATE. Sometimes there can be hundreds of people at one fate, which makes it fun because you all are trying to achieve the same thing. I thought playing on the PS3 would be difficult. The devs did a really great job on making it very easy to control your character. There is a ton to explore in Eorzea. The easiest way to get around is to have a mount. The most popular mount is the Chocobo (it is a Final Fantasy game). You can give your Chocobo different armor to make it different and stand out. At a certain level you can either have your Chocobo fight alongside you or heal you while you are fighting against monsters. This is just the tip of the ice berg on the gameplay for FFXIV: ARR.
Dungeons are always a fun way to meet up with friends or meet new people. Dungeons usually consist of four people. You have 80 minutes to complete many of the dungeons. The dungeons are filled with hard mobs and difficult bosses. Soon with an update coming, there will be a 24 person dungeon. With that dungeon, 24 different people will be alongside you trying to get through this dungeon. They added what is called a Duty Finder. You select which dungeons you want to join and after a bit, it will join you with random people looking to complete the same dungeon.
FFXIV: ARR had a rocky start. Players were plagued with login errors, couldn’t create any new characters, and servers were just way over loaded. This caused a lot of backlash. In my opinion SquareEnix did everything they could. They gave everyone free play time added to their account to make up for lost play time. After they have upgraded there servers and fixed the log in issues, I rarely get any error codes at all and it runs smoothly. The duty finder could use a bit more advancement. The average wait time to join a dungeon is 30 minutes or more. With as many people are on each server, I think this could be avoided and people can get into dungeons sooner with a fix. Some of the questing seems a little redundant with a lot of traveling back and forth. Gil (in game money) is hard to come by. Unlike most MMO’s, in FFXIV: ARR you don’t get Gil when you kill a mob. There are only a few things that you get Gil on.
Besides the rocky launch of the game, I think SquareEnix did most of their fans a favor by redoing FFXIV from the ground up. They did and do have a few things that need to be done but overall I think this MMO has a lot to offer and will entertain you for hours. With the next couple updates SquareEnix will be doing, I think it will improve the game in a very good way.
A successful revival
This game captures the magic of Final Fantasy and delivers it in an enjoyable package for both casual and hardcore players. The music is beautifully orchestrated, level design that leaves you with wonder, and battle and with traditional final fantasy flare. This one is a keeper, and will keep you playing for months, if not, years.
Wow, so impressive, it makes me tear up.
Have to say that they really did the overhaul on this MMORPG that I had little doubt would be able to be saved. Not only is it saved, its so good, I can't find it anywhere to buy atm, SOLD OUT! WTG Square Enix, and thank you!
hey everyone I needed to right this review to raise the rating on this game a bit. I feel a lot of people didnt give it a chance because of Normal log-in issue when the game first kicked off. To date the problems with the 1017 error and 90000 are over. I have no more problem getting instantly into this amazing game. All the parts of a Great MMO wraped up together with a compelling classic Final Fantasy story-line. This game already has loads of content with plenty more coming soon. I already have like 40 hours in and I've barley scratched the surface.
Very Enjoyable MMO
Overall, this MMO is well designed (with the remake of course) and really has a great story line. The only issue with it currently is the server issues and inability to buy it from digital purchase. But they have begun to fix these issues quickly with the launch a few weeks ago. Now there is no "groundbreaking" combat changes or anything like that, but it does make strides in furthering the mmo genre but still maintaining the core fundamentals we know and a good choice for someone who is looking for something other than WoW.
The modern age MMO
First of all, don't judge the game by its launch condition. Can you blame Yoshida(The producer) for expecting a smaller fan base for launch after the first one failed? No it wasn't his fault. He even apologized himself for under calculating how many people would be playing. So for those people giving 1's as a rating because of that, go cry to mom. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------The game has been completely redesigned to the modern gamer, that's the whole idea. The game itself is designed so elaborately and designed so there isn't a dull moment. Your constantly doing something whether it's pressing print every 30 seconds to doing Full Active Time Events. Every level up always gives you access to something which is such an incentive to continue and keep leveling up. For example you always have a summon fight to look forward too every certain level if not that than a new skill if not than another class skill. There's so much too look forward too to level up that, from a hard core perspective(if your like me), I ended up 5 levels higher than my required level of my story eventually all the time! Your so busy in this game(in the best way possible) getting skills, class skills, getting your new job, crafting, doing guildhests. It's really a fun experience and you don't even realize how fast you level. Overall I really recommend the game for hard core gamers and casual gamers alike.
The most solid MMORPG of the year
Solid gameplay mechanics, decent combat system, average story for a FF game, and beautiful art and graphics for a MMO. It is not game of the year material but is still a solid, fun game to play.
This game is by far the best game square has released in a while. And to all of those saying this game is bad, they either want it free to play or didn't even try the game, I've played since beta 3 with no issues logging in, though there was some, they have improved there servers and they're less laggy(which is hard because of the amount of people doing fates :p ) but overall this imo truely is the best p2p out there and IF it ever went f2p.. Id quit. :) +1 to se
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.
Horrible for a relaunch. Good luck even playing. With great free games Rift, GW2, Tera, etc can't believe they charge for this.