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  • Summary: Endwalker is the fourth expansion pack for FINAL FANTASY XIV Online. Experience the climax of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, and encounter an even greater calamity than ever before as you travel to the far reaches of Hydaelyn and even to the moon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Jan 14, 2022
    100
    Endwalker is not the end, but it is very definitely an end. In the game, it is the end of the tale of Hydaelyn and Zodiark, the Ascians, and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn who rose to challenge them. In our universe, it is the end of the second era of Final Fantasy XIV, a midnight that transitions into a bright and new day for the players and developers, in which anything could happen. But for now, the clock is still striking twelve, and I’m absolutely thrilled to see what will happen at 12:01.
  2. Dec 22, 2021
    100
    Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker caps off a lengthy story arc in the best way possible. The main quest has tons of unexpected twists and turns with satisfying payoff for fans both new and old. Sage and Reaper are a ton of fun to play and the new dungeons and trials will put your skills to the test. If you’re not already playing, you should be.
  3. Jan 24, 2022
    95
    Final Fantasy XIV closes its first colossal story arc with an exceptional expansion.
  4. Dec 15, 2021
    90
    With Endwalker, Final Fantasy XIV definitely proves that it deserves its place in the pantheon of the best episodes of the saga. It's simple, this new expansion brilliantly succeeds in concluding the narrative arc of Hydaelyn and Zordiarche thanks to strong moments sublimated by dungeons and epic challenges. Despite a rhythm that knows a few lengths, the adventure provides many satisfactory answers and benefits from visually successful environments as well as a high-end soundtrack that allow us to forget the dated technique inherent in this kind of game. extension which therefore does not include any major new features, but rather additions such as new jobs and many more than welcome adjustments. Now, we can't wait: to find out what Naoki Yoshida and his teams are preparing for the next patches and the future of Final Fantasy XIV.
  5. Jan 3, 2022
    90
    It’s obvious that Endwalker is going to be a favorite of many Final Fantasy XIV, while for others, it might not have hit that high bar that was raised with Shadowbringers. Regardless, Endwalker is still a fantastic addition to a game that was originally one of the worst received in the series. It truly is the comeback story of video gaming. Naoki Yoshida and his team should be commended for the incredible amount of world building and story telling that they’ve been able to pull off for, now, over ten years. Final Fantasy XIV continues to be a game that we would recommend everyone experiences. That is, as soon as the game stops being so popular that it’s able to resumes sales.
  6. Dec 17, 2021
    90
    Endwalker may not outdo the previous expansion, Shadowbringers — a high point for the entire Final Fantasy series — but it ultimately has very different aims. Even as it ends the game’s first story arc, it has me looking forward to what’s next. For all its lofty ambitions, this operatic conclusion to a decade-long story peaks when focusing on how its core characters keep each other standing, even as the world falls down around them.
  7. Dec 21, 2021
    80
    For all that Endwalker suffers from pacing issues and the sheer amount of plot lines it lobs at us, an earnestness carries the entire story. Endwalker is jubilant in its sincerity, and tender in the way it treats life and death, mankinds' inevitable failing and flaws. It doesn't shy away from grand proclamations that would come across as cheesy if it was any other game, with any other cast of characters. But because it's FFXIV and because the Scions are people who accompanied us through Ala Mhigo's revolution, averting the apocalypse on the First, and much more, Endwalker's loud and bold demands for hope, light, and love fall more on the endearing side rather than hamfisted sentimentality. Endwalker is a fitting, emotional conclusion to a years-long journey for us adventurers, and I can't wait to see what's next.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 489
  1. Dec 13, 2021
    10
    Amazing how this game keeps getting better and better. Every aspect of the game has reached its peak in Endwalker. Dungeons and trials areAmazing how this game keeps getting better and better. Every aspect of the game has reached its peak in Endwalker. Dungeons and trials are visually astonishing and have very solid and fun gameplay mechanics. The quality of the music is off the charts and the story is as beautiful as ever. The best MMO you can play right now. Expand
  2. Dec 11, 2021
    10
    I absolutely loved all of the sidequests in this expansion. There was so much to explore in each and every area. I am amazed at how they gotI absolutely loved all of the sidequests in this expansion. There was so much to explore in each and every area. I am amazed at how they got it all done in 2 years.

    Radz-at-Han and Old Sharlayan were talked about so much in past expansions, and it was great getting to go to these places and find out what was up. Like I remember almost being annoyed at how much it rained in Thavnair; and then I remembered the thavnairian rain we had to collect to upgrade stormblood resistance materials. Same with Sharlayan and finally finding out how all the scions got their tattoos. Aside from the main msq, the devs really did go back and make sure that all those sub plot points and lore were handled particularly well.
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  3. Dec 8, 2021
    10
    The best expansion in a mmo with shadowbringers, I can not lower points for people who can not login is something that is solved with theThe best expansion in a mmo with shadowbringers, I can not lower points for people who can not login is something that is solved with the passing of days Expand
  4. Dec 17, 2021
    10
    Endwalker has been one heck of an experience so far. Picking up where Shadowbringers post-patches left off, it continues and concludes theEndwalker has been one heck of an experience so far. Picking up where Shadowbringers post-patches left off, it continues and concludes the story of Hydaelyn and Zodiark in a masterpiece.

    Of course, everybody has been talking about the dreaded error 2002 that has been bothering the game since launch. Personally I haven't had many issues for this (and I log in about 4pm local time), even though the queues have been long (on average around 6 hours on day 1, and still now around 3 hour queues to get in the game). I did get one kick out of the queue on release day, but haven't had any issues personally since then.

    Once in the game however, it is one of the most stable online experiences on launch day I was able to ask for, with no further disconnects and I was able to get into the story. On another note, the way they have responded to this issue, given the current worldy circumstances, has been better than required, thanks to the development team's obvious love for the game and desire to see it succeed.

    The story itself goes places that you can only expect from Square Enix, and they took some huge risky moves that paid off in the end. However, when it comes to risky all I would need to do is mention the original game and A Realm Reborn to state that SE are no stranger to risk. There are some slower parts, but with where the story goes I found myself appreciating those as once things get started you'll be strapped in for a while and glued to your seat as things all start falling into place.

    The gameplay has definitely felt more responsive since Shadowbringers, and the dungeons have been some of the best added to the game so far. The trials are all exquisite showpieces as can be expected from Square, and new interesting mechanics were well executed and communicated.

    The hardcore content is fully available yet, as raids come at a later date, but I will say that one Extreme trial is definitely more engaging and interesting than the other. I won't go into further details about this to avoid spoilers.

    Overall, a wonderful but also emotional experience as we close the final chapter in the tale that has been being told for a decade. Good job SE, and look forward to seeing what you do next.
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  5. Dec 13, 2021
    10
    Just started to play this game in July 5th, and here i am - having 1500+ hours already - i'm in my 3rd X - with my husband, and we got blownJust started to play this game in July 5th, and here i am - having 1500+ hours already - i'm in my 3rd X - with my husband, and we got blown away by how well made this game is and why haven't we started playing this sooner.
    We had much hopes for Endwalker and after finishing it I must say that yes, it succeeded on being even better than SHB (and it was already amazing), but I haven't had so many feeling over a game for many many years, then this one.
    I won't say more, because it might be spoiler, but huge applause for SE team - and hope they will always remain the same great team who provided us this beautiful game/story.
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  6. Dec 9, 2021
    10
    Never did I think Creative Business Unit III would be able to top the amazing work they did with ShadowBringers, the previous expansion toNever did I think Creative Business Unit III would be able to top the amazing work they did with ShadowBringers, the previous expansion to FFXIV. But after completing Endwalker i'm happy to say that i have been proven wrong. Personally I could not think of a better way to end the story ark they have been building since 2.0. I can not remember how many times I cried, I just know it was a lot of times.

    Don't even get me started on the music. Damn. It's just amazing and used perfectly, something which greatly enhances the experience of the story. It's a crime that FFXIV have not won any big awards for the music.

    I can not wait to find out what the team will come up with next.
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  7. Dec 29, 2021
    0
    Atm addon is unplayable. The best queue simulator. With monthly sub!!! Well done, Square Enix! The addon is simply unplayable due to the 3-8Atm addon is unplayable. The best queue simulator. With monthly sub!!! Well done, Square Enix! The addon is simply unplayable due to the 3-8 hour queues (sorry, but I only have 1 hour to play in the evening). Best way to waste money... 3 weeks from start and addon still unplayable. And all compensation we got - 7 free days of sub. Expand

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