- Summary: Previously referenced as "version 2.0," this title has been rebuilt from the ground up, and centers on the core concept of rebirth, featuring a new world to explore and storyline to experience.
Sep 5, 2013Square Enix has pulled off the seemingly impossible: rescuing a disastrous flop of an online game without going free-to-play, and creating an incredibly addictive, satisfying experience for both MMO and Final Fantasy veterans in the process. A Realm Reborn is a triumph for Naoki Yoshida and his team.
Sep 25, 2013What you will find is the most mechanically broad, content dense, and goddamned gorgeous MMO ever made. If you’ve enjoyed any MMO of the past decade, there’s something in Realm Reborn for you. And if you’ve enjoyed them all? Well… just remember to take a shower once in a while.
Sep 10, 2013You've got to hand it to Square Enmix. Most developers would've tried to forget a failed MMO as quickly as possible. Not at this Japanese company. They relaunch their title as a completely new game to save the Final Fantasy name. And they succeeded. A Realm Reborn is very traditional, but it's also one of the best traditional MMORPG's to have come out recently.
Sep 23, 2013Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn shows that FFXIV can be saved. The game was declared dead, but with the perseverance of Square Enix a strong game rises from the ashes. There'll be a few lingering annoyances for players here and there, but the beautiful world and typical Final Fantasy elements will keep you hooked for long.
Aug 28, 2013If someone proposed taking an existing MMORPG and continuing to operate and improve it, while at the same time planning to destroy the world and create an entirely new game from scratch to be released with the same title, anyone in their right mind would say it couldn't be done. Thanks to the Yoshida and the crew, I can confidently say they've accomplished the impossible.… Expand
Aug 27, 2013Amazing MMO in all aspects, with a nice lore Final Fantasy related. The work done rebuilding this from a "dead" game is just titanic, I would like to thanks Yoshi P and dev team for his work. Music and artistic apects are the best in genre, period. Also the main storyline is very well conducted, with tons of video secuence very well done.
Just for the release there is a lot of content to do, achievements, logs, missions, quest, crafting, amazing primal battles against Ifrit, Titan and Garuda, lot of dungeons...
Don't be afraid and try the game, its a very good one.… Expand
Aug 27, 2013This game has come a long way from the fiasco that was version 1.0. Overall, Square Enix has done a great job completely remaking the game and optimizing everything that failed in the first. And aside from the server issues during Early Access and the 1017 errors as of launch this game couldn't be any better.
You can call me a fanboy or just not agree with what I'm saying, that's fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this happens to be mine. I've been playing since 1.0 but didn't play it for long because it did suck big time. When I heard about FFXIV:ARR I was excited and hoped they would do a better job this time around. They have.
The game is better in almost every way. The graphics are almost as good and don't kill your system like 1.0 did. Most people couldn't run the old game. The optimizations have worked out wonderfully. I can safely say that it's one of the besting looking MMORPG's out. People seem to mistake that for best looking game but that's not the case. This is right up there with TERA in terms of beautiful MMO graphics. By the way, I am running on maximum settings with 60+ fps. Perks of building your own extreme gaming PC.
The quest system is much improved and everything just feels more fluid. There is a lot of text to read but that's pretty standard. They do a pretty good job of defining what you need to do and it all isn't just fetch or kill quests. I think the most a quest has ever had me kill is 5 of a particular monster. I'm currently a 26 Marauder. My only gripe is I wish all the dialogue was all voice acted but as it stands only select in game cutscenes are voice acted. The ones that are are pretty well done too, some of the voices fit the characters while there are others that don't.
Things to do are plentiful in this game. Want to quest, sure, go ahead. Want to craft? You can do it all on one character. FATE's are frequent and award nice experience and GC seals when you get that far. Leves are a fun diversion though I wish you weren't restricted to the allowance you're given. And you only gain 3 every 12 hours real life time. The story missions have been great too. Lot's of lore and character development to discover. Another great diversion are the Logs you have access to. Hunting Logs have you kill monsters for super bonus experience. It's all a nice way to help you level up.
The only real issue I've had with the game so far is just the server issues which are doing much better than they were at the start of Early Access. Despite those issues I have given this game a 10/10 because it is everything I wanted and more. And the beauty is that it can only get better from here! They have so many wonderful plans for the future and even near future! So stick with it guys, I will, and I guarantee it will be a blast!… Expand
Aug 28, 2013As a new player who has never played FF-XIV before, I must say I am greatly impressed with the game thus far. The game's story and graphics are amazing, and the relaxed game-play while going solo makes it a great game to unwind to. The dungeon quests also make for some fun group play as well, and the party mechanics are non-intrusive enough to make it enjoyable.
Combat mechanics are solid, though at my low level I can't tell if certain skills need tweaked, or if I'll unlock better ones later.
+ No exp penalties for Kill-Stealing, everyone who helps enough gets full credit (and they guy who tagged it is guaranteed 100% exp)
+ Plenty of ways to communicate with multiple people via Link-Shells and Free Companies
+ An intriguing story-line with enough back-story regarding the previous game so new players aren't confused.
+ Beautiful looking graphics with only minor clipping issues.
+ Solid classes, with specializations in the form of "Jobs" after lv 30
+ Freedom to switch classes and jobs at will
- Minor clipping issues and the movies tend to skip on lower-end machines
- Dungeon-Finder groups are thrust together without much time to even say hello
Overall Score: 9/10
Recommendation: Buy it and try it, for $30 tax, it is definitely worth the money to check out if you like MMOs… Expand
Nov 5, 2013I bought this game in 2010, played for 2 days and tossed it in the garbage. In 2013, I bought this game again and feel THIS IS WHAT THE GAME SHOULD HAVE BEEN. Putting all server issues aside, the game boasts good visuals, multi-class and crafting system and epic storyline. Have not felt this good about an MMO since vanilla WoW days.
On the other hand, the dungeon content could be expanded soon as the current ones are fast wearing out.… Expand
Sep 24, 2013Be careful if buying this game.
The game is riddled with unrestrained RMT bots, hacked user accounts that are used as RMT mules that when banned Squeenix refuses to reestablish. Heavy lag problems, long(90min+) dungeon finder queues along with unstable dungeon servers. The game is so poorly coded that high end gpu’s tend to run at very sloppy fps. (Same with Sli/Crossfire)
As if this wasn't good enough their customer support is the worst of any MMO ever to have graced us. Their email support takes 24hrs to create your ticket and 48hrs to receive a copy/paste response to any issue you may be having. Long wait times on phone/chat (2:00hrs+) only to be cut off because there are no agents available after you were already on a queue during working hours!! And even if you get lucky and are able to get attended by an agent they never resolve the issue and always respond with a 'Prepared response' followed by disconnecting the chat/phone call.
Oh, but wait there's more. You'll love this one. They refuse to take your money. That's right, their payment system is so archaic and sloppy that it's unable to properly process your credit cards. After the first attempt fails your credit card gets locked for 24hrs and each additional attempt resets the timer and adds more wait time (48-72hrs). Until the systems locks your card for 30days. All this information was gathered via phone. The payment process makes no mention of this nor does it provide a way for you to see the time left on your lock down so you're left guessing whether or not you already have the 30 day restriction and resetting the timer if you attempt to use it again. (Customer service doesn't have a way to tell you either )
Square Enix response to the issue? "It's your fault" "Your credit card denies the payment" Even after repeatedly informing them via email, chat, phone and forums that after calling to our respective banks (that's right more than one credit card/bank) there was no issue with them.
OK, so paying with cc is a no-go. Let's try their "Crysta" system (it's a payment system similar to Xbox microsoft points). Assuming you fall under their designated allowed countries (Brazil & Venezuela aren't part of America and Puerto Rico isn't part of the USA Sqeenix has spoken!) you will be able to buy crysta via the UltimatePay option by buying their pre-paid $20 cards. Please note that this card will also be rejected by Squeenix and you will be required to call UltimatePay support in order for them to manually push the crysta onto your account once you provide them the card code via phone call.
I strongly recommend staying away from this game until Square Enix fixes all these issues if at all. Please note that from past experience (FFXI, FFXIV) Square Enix has for the most part always ignored the player and done their own thing at their own pace. If anything I hope this post helps new players get a clearer picture of what they're getting into after paying for the game.
Current outstanding issues on forums for those interested:
Payment Method Registration Errors [Error Code 401 and 601]
Can't Buy Crysta
Error 2002 and 90000
You can view all issues at their Technical Support Forum:
Sep 22, 2013Thre game itself is pretty good.
The job system is fantastic, the graphics and animations are excellent (although it asks too much of a configuration... slow pc can't play this... even pcs that can play most of other games), gameplay is great.
Crafting is interesting, but very grindy and with tiresome mechanics... you have to do a very long set of actions for every piece, and although it's cool for items, it's really, REALLY not when you have to smelt 500 iron ore pieces (for example).
The big problem with the game, is that endgame is utterly broken. First, the game relies on a very old and outdated RNG system that is causing huge issues to lots of players.
Also, there is a bug in the game's code that leaves some players with visual lag: basically, the servers (for EU too) are in Canada, also the server updates the character position every 0.3 seconds ONLY, and on fights you see the AoE on your monitor, move out in time, and still get hit by oneshotting abilities. This causes some fights to be utterly broken and extremely annoying.
So, until they fix the lag bug and the RNG system I would not recommend this game to anyone.
It will be a worthwile purchase after they fix the problems.… Expand
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