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  • Summary: Take part in the next saga of FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online with the next legendary expansion pack—SHADOWBRINGERS.

    New jobs: Gunbreaker and Dancer New races: Viera and Hrothgar Level cap increased: 70 to 80 New cities: The Crystarium and Eulmore Journey through expansive new areas, such
    Take part in the next saga of FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online with the next legendary expansion pack—SHADOWBRINGERS.

    New jobs: Gunbreaker and Dancer
    New races: Viera and Hrothgar
    Level cap increased: 70 to 80
    New cities: The Crystarium and Eulmore
    Journey through expansive new areas, such as the Rak’tika Greatwood, Amh Araeng, Il Mheg and Lakeland.
    New trails, including harrowing encounters with Titania and Innocence.
    New beast tribes: pixies, Nu Mou, and dwarves
    New 8-player raid: Eden
    An exciting new series of alliance raids YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse
    The Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard - In the aftermath of the Dragonsong War, Disciples of the Hand and Land work together to rebuild Ishgard
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FFXIV Shadowbringers New Dancer And Gunbreaker Job Quests
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jul 10, 2019
    100
    Shadowbringers is a step above anything that has come before it. The perfect blend of captivating gameplay and a truly memorable story that rivals those heralded by fans for decades. It’s time to step out of the shadows and become what you must Final Fantasy XIV; the best MMORPG in the world.
  2. Jul 25, 2019
    98
    Shadowbringers is not just the best FFXIV expansion yet, it's also one of the best Final Fantasies, period.
  3. Jul 23, 2019
    94
    Final Fantasy 14 is quietly one of the best games in the series, but Shadowbringers elevates it even further by telling a bleak and heartfelt tale that generously rewards the investment made by its most hardcore fans.
  4. Jul 8, 2019
    90
    Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is what MMOs should aspire to, telling a story for the ages and engaging their players with evolving mechanics. It’s an exquisite adventure that needs to be experienced.
  5. PC Games
    Jul 15, 2019
    90
    Shadowbringers is one of the best MMO-Addons, we have ever played. The emotional main story is breathtaking and in its own right the best reason to play this game. Moreover, there is so much great content with the new zones, dungeons and raids or fresh features like the Trust System. A Must-Play for every MMO-Fan.
  6. Jul 10, 2019
    90
    Shadowbringers is simply the best MMO extension ever made, period. The new world to discover is amazing, the story is amazing, the soundtrack is amazing and the updated battle system is amazing. We will only complain about one thing: please Square Enix, fix the way characters are animated during cut-scenes because it is painful to watch in 2019.
  7. Mar 27, 2020
    70
    The active story events of ShadowBringers are good fun, but due to the grinding nature of the genre, it suffers from some terrible pacing issues. If you are invested in FFXIV, this DLC will probably excite and please you. It's a fun but forgettable romp that runs just the wrong side of boring during its hours-long retelling and bland A-B mission style. If this tickles your fancy, be sure to start and play with a team of friends - it will easily be 10 times more enjoyable, if infinitely longer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 203
  1. Aug 16, 2019
    10
    I love the story and everything about this expansion. If people here is reviewing the game based on the previous expansion then their reviewsI love the story and everything about this expansion. If people here is reviewing the game based on the previous expansion then their reviews should be invalid. This is the not like any other MMO like Wow where you can skip cut scenes and dialogues and call the game decent. The story captivated me to keep playing the game and wanting more. It all adds up, the story make sense, the character keeps growing and it sucks you in. This is one of the best final fantasy game I have ever played and will continue supporting this game as long as they listen to their players. The community so far is less toxic than the other MMO game I played for almost 14 years. I hope that SE will continue the path they're going and succeed. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2019
    10
    Just finished the main story and I absolutely loved it. I've been a fan of FFXIV for years, but this expac still blew me away from content toJust finished the main story and I absolutely loved it. I've been a fan of FFXIV for years, but this expac still blew me away from content to story telling. I even believe this is the best FF put out in years. Expand
  3. Jul 2, 2019
    10
    Honestly I've played a LOT since Shadowbringers has released (pre release on 28th) and I've finished all the MSQ (Main Story Quests) and It'sHonestly I've played a LOT since Shadowbringers has released (pre release on 28th) and I've finished all the MSQ (Main Story Quests) and It's been a hell of a ride. Voice acting and story line are ON POINT!!!

    On release there are 8 dungeons and 2 big boss "Trials" as well as 2 lesser Big Boss Trials included with the expansion as well as 5 zones you can obtain flying in right away (Not wait 7 months and have to do a buncha BS, looking @ You WoW)

    Also with Shadowbringers it brought a complete revamp to the games combat system and healing system. It made all the jobs (Classes) WAY more fun to play which is awesome. Looking more and more like a fast action MMORPG.

    Each zone ingame is gorgeous in Shadowbringers, all the music is amazing, the game is more fun to play than ever and jobs are more balanced. What more could you ask for to be honest.

    So some people give low scores it seems because it's expensive because they have to buy initial game plus this expansion. Other games make you buy initial, prior expansions and then current expansion.

    At least FFXIV Lets you buy Game + All prior expansions for one low price and then allows you to buy current expansion when you get to it.
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  4. Dec 8, 2020
    10
    This is possibly the best Final Fantasy in the series... and it's an MMO on top of that.
    The systems they use are perfected. They don't
    This is possibly the best Final Fantasy in the series... and it's an MMO on top of that.
    The systems they use are perfected. They don't change very much, but that's because they're done so well. All they do is add more and more content to do and more classes to play.

    The music is 11/10 as well.
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  5. Jul 4, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Best expansion for an mom ever! Easily can carry it self as one of the best Final Fantasy stories ever told. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2019
    10
    Best expansion of the game so far and probably the best overall expansion to a MMO in general of all those that i have played. Story wasBest expansion of the game so far and probably the best overall expansion to a MMO in general of all those that i have played. Story was excellent and kept me wanting to know what happens next. It was also accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack. This is for sure one of if not the best MMO out there now. Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2020
    0
    ShB has been around for one and a half year and we know what it is now, you can of course trust all day 1 reviews or the recent ones.

    Lets
    ShB has been around for one and a half year and we know what it is now, you can of course trust all day 1 reviews or the recent ones.

    Lets break this down in 3 Categories. Story, Gameplay and Content.

    Story:
    The entirety of 5.x is a side quest, it was not needed to be done. We could have marched for Garemald, instead we visited a different version of our world. 4.x obviously lead up to it with the spirited away plot they added but if not for that it came 100% out of the blue.

    The Story that was written for 5.0 was mostly fine, while the game says "Shadowbringers" and treats light as something that's not always good (that's a good idea) it fails to deliver the sentiment by ... making you defeat the final boss (dark based) with light. So i guess light as the ultimate "good" tool.

    5.1 nosedives the story, fetch quests and nothing of value, so does 5.2 to the point you wonder if those things even needed to be there. 5.3 did pick it up again but failed by giving the OG Warrior of Darkness a proper sent off while you defeat the being that has taken his body.

    Gameplay:
    Tanks: Enmity is now a joke as all enmity moves (cept for ranged) are removed, the Stance now offers so much hate that its impossible to lose threat. Warrior which was my main since 2.0 feels boring to play.

    Healers: Lost a lot of their dps spells and skills, Sch faceplanted with a fairy nerf, Ast lost its unique card buffs. Whm is further moved towards a full dps.

    Dps: Full rework on multiple classes, there is STILL not a mnk fix which was a problem in the last expansion.

    Content:
    And this is where ShB shows its NASTY face.

    Dungeons:
    We have cut down from 3 to 2 Dungeons in HW, and now from 2 to 1, they say it helps the quality, however there is a point were you can have the best food in the world and still starve.

    Deep Dungeon: Was fully removed, which was one of the most fun and random things.

    Deep Sea Fishing: Was dead 2 weeks upon arrival

    Bozja: Came out in 5.35 ... once again later then it should have. Eureka was added 4.25 and diadem 3.15, this was one of the big grind things and they keep pushing it further back.

    Relics: We could've used a long and nice grind now during Covid but ... you got the first step for free and the next one had you do fates in a lv 60 zone ... why?

    Recycling ... this is a big one.

    Lets go over the music first, which is a huge deal for this game.

    ShB Dungeons: all feature their own track but they all use the ShB boss theme ... thats okay i guess.
    Titania: Has her own track, nice
    Innocence: Remix of dungeon boss, bad
    Hades: ShB title music, fine
    Ruby Weapon: Remix of ultima, meh
    Memoria: ShB dungeon boss music, wtf
    WoL: Remix of title music, bangs tho

    Eden 1: FF8 Track
    Eden 2: FF8 Track
    Eden 3: Leviathan Remix
    Eden 4: Titan Remix
    Eden 5: Ramuh Remix
    Eden 6: Garuda/Ifrit Remix
    Eden 7: FF8 track Eden 8: Shiva Remix. Fights, almost the entire Eden right is recycled, we now have 5 Shiva fights. Also remember this is not "we are sorry we cant deliver because of covid" nah this is what was planed, every expansion we get less ... players don't realise on how much of a drop we are atm. The rating this game has is based on 80% of "first day impressions" which is shameful. If you believe you can rate an expansion that lasts 2 years on the first 2 months during the honeymoon period ... you are wrong.
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