- Graphics & Combat
- Multi-Class System
- Tradeskills & Unique Design
- Confusing Map
- Travel System
Some of you may remember the original launch of Final Fantasy XIV in September of 2010. To be blunt, the game was terrible and a failure. But Square Enix chose to do something different, they assigned a new producer and rebuilt the game, learning from the mistakes of the original release. The result is a polished fantasy MMO worth playing.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Game Type & Platform: MMORPG (Fantasy) | PC
Custom Features: Multi-Class System, Crafting & Harvesting, Grand Companies, Hunting/Gathering Logs
Billing Style: Subscription ($12.95 or $14.95/mo)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (FFXIV) is what every fantasy MMOG strives to be: innovative, fun, visually stunning, and immersive. And more than that, you will be blown away at how busy this game is. There are people… everywhere. And I mean everywhere. This is hands down the liveliest world of any MMOG I’ve played. Part of it is due to the population, but part of it is also due to the zone sizes and design.
Be prepared. There are aspects of this game that are different from any other fantasy MMOG you’ve played and will take time to learn. One interesting part is you can play through and experience the entire game with just one character. You can play any class and undertake any tradeskill. This is a nice new twist from traditional MMOGs where alternate characters are the norm in order to experience different play styles. Another difference is terminology. Player guilds are called Free Companies. The class you play is defined by the weapon you use, and the Advanced classes are called jobs. You don’t loot monsters; instead you auto-pickup items they drop and only loot chests. And the variation in monsters ranges from the cute right down to the bizarre. Want to pursue crafting and gathering? All resource nodes are yours. Little things like this make a big difference when trying to enjoy a new game.
If you want to get an idea of the effort that went into this game, be sure to check out the leading cinematic. It’s best viewed in HD.
On September 24, 2013 Square Enix released their first survey showing more than 1,000,000 unique logins. This game shows us subscription-based fantasy MMOGs are far from dead, and for good reason.