Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. May 2, 2014
    95
    A Realm Reborn is one of the biggest reversals in fortune we've seen for a game in many, many years. A must for MMO and Final Fantasy fans alike.
  2. 95
    A Realm Reborn on PS4 is a visual and technical marvel of polished gameplay and a grand story true to the Final Fantasy tradition. Highly recommended and worth every penny.
  3. Apr 21, 2014
    95
    The best console mmorpg arrives to PS4 as the most successful version. Its best assets are are a wide range of possibilities, a superb visual presentation, the use of specific functions of DualShock 4 and the remote play via PS Vita.
  4. Apr 14, 2014
    95
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is an outstanding game, as is its PS4 version. It feels like a proper game of the series with enough content to justify its subscription model.
  5. Jun 19, 2014
    90
    By adhering to the cookie-cutter conformity of MMO tropes, A Realm Reborn doesn’t attempt anything wholly new but shines in its familiarity.
  6. Huge, diverse and thronging with life. [June 2014, p.81]
  7. May 2, 2014
    90
    It’s amazing that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn managed to turn a generally detested game into a great one, but this is proof it’s possible. Playing on PS4 is quite the experience as well.
  8. May 2, 2014
    90
    My favorite MMO since World of Warcraft. It has a lot of things going for it, tons of content to explore, and best of all -- lots and lots of support.
  9. Apr 29, 2014
    90
    PS4 power and updates have made a great game, even better.
  10. Apr 27, 2014
    90
    A no-brainer upgrade for PS3 players and a great option for those looking to get into the excellent A Realm Reborn experience with no hassle.
  11. Apr 22, 2014
    90
    The game is comparable to the PC version, and the new features tailored on the DualShock 4 are well thought-out.
  12. The company has made the game it promised when it when back and rebuilt FFXIV 1.0.
  13. Apr 17, 2014
    90
    It all adds up to make this the most functional version of the game yet, itself one of the most exciting and polished MMOs around.
  14. 90
    This was always a great game, but the improved visuals and social features, as well as the additional content that Square Enix continues to add into the game, is enough for me to happily say that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has become my favourite MMO.
  15. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    New players jumping aboard the A Realm Reborn train will find a huge game filled with content which will keep them busy for a very long time. The "next gen version" pretty much runs at high-end PC settings, which means something if you have been stuck with the PlayStation 3 client: the upgrade is simply gorgeous.
  16. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn proves that Square Enix’s series is special, even when it’s presented as an MMO. Moreover, this excellent upgrade shows that the PS4 is capable of bringing PC quality online escapades into the living room.
  17. Jun 7, 2014
    86
    The best Final Fantasy game in years and the finest MMO you can currently play on a console. [July 2014, p.72]
  18. May 19, 2014
    85
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, PS4 version, has got a higher gear, takes advantage of the hardware in an intelligent way, it marks a milestone in the MMO genre and in the history of Square Enix. This is the best MMO available on a console.
  19. May 8, 2014
    85
    FFXIV: A Realm Reborn is truly a new and improved MMORPG. It takes all the best features from MMOs and Final Fantasy games and combines them in this fantastic package. The PS4 is its ideal platform - this is the Final Fantasy game that I've been waiting for.
  20. May 2, 2014
    85
    An excellent MMO. [Issue#243, p.54]
  21. Apr 23, 2014
    85
    Content-wise it's exactly the same game as it was on the PC and PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 4 version has some cool improvements though. Improved controls, stunning graphics and a very smooth running gameplay makes it a worthy PS4-title. This is simply a fantastic PS4-port of an amazing MMORPG.
  22. Apr 22, 2014
    85
    A Realm Reborn is a well crafted theme park with a healthy variety of activities for the players, but those who strive to participate in the End Game shall see a lot of grinding ahead of their path.
  23. Apr 15, 2014
    85
    Three years after the disastrous launch of Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix produces an high quality MMORPG, with a revised and corrected gameplay. Ps4 version runs at 1080p, even if it's not always smooth, and includes all the content of the last expansion, that greatly improves the endgame.
  24. Runs at 1080p, includes tweaks and extra content. Well worth the upgrade from PS3. [June 2014, p74]
  25. Apr 17, 2014
    83
    The launcher aside A Realm Reborn is a technically sound port that is not plagued by the PlaySation 3’s initial problems.
  26. Apr 14, 2014
    83
    Even on PS4 A Realm Reborn is a great game, with the upgrade to Full HD which is especially useful for a better HUD management. The DualShock 4 is comfy enough, and the touchpad helps to navigate better the interface. The game's major issue remains the excessive lag (but it's still better than on PS3).
  27. May 20, 2014
    80
    The fact that it works as well as it does is a testament to this, and shows there might well be some life left in the MMO genre after all.
  28. May 16, 2014
    80
    The main achievement of the game has to do with the fact that it seems like a true Final Fantasy in the environments, the sounds and the familiar characters.
  29. May 12, 2014
    80
    While Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn does not bring much innovation to the genre, it’s taking aspects from other games and spinning them with a flavour of Final Fantasy. This mixture makes it one of my favourite MMOs of the last couple of years and one that certainly goes into my top three of all time.
  30. May 5, 2014
    80
    The dungeons themselves are varied in that some incorporate puzzles, some require the designated tank of the party to take control while leading the boss away from more vulnerable players, and many are middle-of-the-road affairs you can conquer with little more than your best spells, buffs, and melee.
  31. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    Square Enix’s Final Fantasy-themed MMO doesn’t get everything right, even on PS4, but the things it does well outweigh those it doesn’t, and the end result is a fun and engaging open world RPG with some great multiplayer options that don’t really come into their own until end-game.
  32. Apr 15, 2014
    80
    With Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn, Yoshida and his team have won their bet, and offer a radically different game than Final Fantasy XIV Online. The game has some very interesting systems, starting with the evolution of your characters and Jobs. Moreover, it is a very accessible game that you can enjoy easily and quickly. A great alternative to games like World of Warcraft, with a Japanese feel that should delight the fans of the series. This time Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn deserves to be successful. As for this PS4 version, it simply delivers what we already saw on PC, with two new cool options: remote play on PS Vita and Share functionality.
  33. Jun 5, 2014
    75
    If you like MMO’s and are looking for that next fix, then I suggest A Realm Reborn over its competitors, but if you have the means, then I’d say you should pick up the PC version of the game.
  34. Aug 26, 2014
    70
    A solid, safe and well-made port to the PlayStation 4. Pretty visuals, hours of gameplay and solid combat makes this one of the best massive online games for console to date.
  35. Apr 19, 2014
    70
    As it stands now, A Realm Reborn vastly improves on its predecessor and delivers a wonderful fantasy world to spend countless hours in. It has its fair share of flaws, especially in regard to the quest structure, but I imagine fans of the genre will enjoy their time with the game regardless.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 264 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 46
  2. Negative: 10 out of 46
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    10
    Best MMO on consoles/PC with cross-platform play between both. Also the best Final Fantasy game to come out in years. This is a must buy for fans of classic Final Fantasy games and MMOs alike. Full Review »
  2. Apr 15, 2014
    8
    First of the PS4 controller works great with this game you can tell the dev team devoted alot of time getting the controls right, next final fantasy 11 is one of my favourite mmo's of all time, FFXIV has topped it by a great margin, Eorzea is a magnificent immersive world with wonderful music that captures the final fantasy trademark, I spent endless hours in the beta and am glad to say I will be spending many many more in the full game, one fault I wish they would of considered though they could have had more npc's with voice acting. Full Review »
  3. Apr 14, 2014
    8
    Excellent game, but I took off 2 points for the overpriced monthly subscription price.

    I don't mind games with a monthly fee (esp mmo's),
    but if we're already paying $40 for the game, there is no reason to charge an additional $15 per month. $5 would of been fine, and you probably would of gotten more people to buy it. Full Review »