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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: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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 5, 2019
    100
    Shadowbringers is more than just a masterful arc in a beloved tale; it’s one of the best Final Fantasy stories ever realized, showcasing an MMORPG at the apex of its craft.
  3. Jul 12, 2019
    95
    Shadowbringers has only further solidified XIV's status as one of the greatest Final Fantasy games ever made.
  4. Jul 9, 2019
    90
    Final Fantasy 14 set a high bar with its previous expansions, but Shadowbringers stands above the rest. Expected additions come in the form of new regions and the new jobs, Dancer and Gunbreaker. Both bring their own flavor to the game, though the Dancer is the standout. More importantly, Shadowbringers tells a tale that not only contains some meaningful real-world connections, but also provides an experience that's firmly Final Fantasy-esque. Great writing, solid voice acting, and an excellent soundtrack wrap Shadowbringers up in a package that should satisfy Final Fantasy 14 fans and neophytes alike.
  5. PC Games
    Jul 15, 2019
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Jul 12, 2019
    90
    Shadowbringers is easily the best Final Fantasy XIV expansion to date. It marks the highest point in the MMO’s lifespan, which has seen its fair share of impressive updates over the years. If you’ve been dismissing XIV because it’s not a single-player Final Fantasy, you’re missing out on one of the best installments in this series and letting an excellent game pass you by.
  7. Jul 23, 2019
    80
    While the story's over-reliance on genre tropes keeps it from being truly groundbreaking, it's still among the best in MMOs, as is the new content. Shadowbringers is a great experience that could've been an amazing one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 137
  1. Aug 5, 2019
    10
    One of the best FF’s to date! The music, the story and the backstory for the story creates a masterpiece that game developers in the west canOne of the best FF’s to date! The music, the story and the backstory for the story creates a masterpiece that game developers in the west can only wish to compare to nowadays due to corporate greed! Kudos to square, Yoshida - San, and the devs of final fantasy! Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2019
    10
    With a couple tweaks, you could take the main story of this expansion and make it it's own game, and it would be in running for game of theWith a couple tweaks, you could take the main story of this expansion and make it it's own game, and it would be in running for game of the year, it's that good. Good voice acting, good music, and great writing.
    Mechanics wise, it's almost all positive: most of the class re-works were done well, and the two new classes are decently executed (Gunbreaker is a tank with an occasional DPS rotation mixed in, and Dancer is a whack-a-mole priority class a la Red Mage). The one complaint is that healing is kind of a mess, with it now largely being hitting buttons to 'undo' damage from bosses and not about resource management and situational awareness as much.

    The Trust System for duty's lets you run dungeons with NPCs, removing the speed bump of queues for required dungeons as DPS. The NPCs generally do the mechanics correctly, though they can glitch. Still, it's a great way to 'learn' a dungeon before doing it with other people, and it does drop gear and XP, making it a solid leveling option. Trials still have to be done in groups of 8 players, but the difficulty is correct this time (no Shinryu level nightmares).

    If you've played this game, this expac is worth coming back for. If not, this is a pretty good place to dive in, provided you're willing to read some lore backstory to explain a couple things.
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  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. Jul 13, 2019
    10
    What a phenomenal journey how can they top this! the story, the music the gameplay is maddening that this is an expansion! and it well worthWhat a phenomenal journey how can they top this! the story, the music the gameplay is maddening that this is an expansion! and it well worth the money i'd throw hundreds at it I could. Expand
  5. Jul 2, 2019
    10
    Koji and YoshiP really did go all out here. Other companies should take note
  6. Jul 3, 2019
    10
    Shadowbringers is a really a game full of emotions. The story is great, epic from the beginning to the end.

    And the truth behind
    Shadowbringers is a really a game full of emotions. The story is great, epic from the beginning to the end.

    And the truth behind everything... The truth, guys... The end of this game is incredible.
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  7. Jul 11, 2019
    0
    The game has been slashed. How an expansion can offer not just less but remove previous things is shocking to me.

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