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  • Summary: Dive into the next chapter of the Final Fantasy XIV Online with its next expansion pack - Stormblood. Explore vast, new lands, including Ala Mhigo, and challenge new Primal threats across Eorzea as you embark on hundreds of new quests as the Warrior of Light.
    FEATURES
    * Level cap
    Dive into the next chapter of the Final Fantasy XIV Online with its next expansion pack - Stormblood. Explore vast, new lands, including Ala Mhigo, and challenge new Primal threats across Eorzea as you embark on hundreds of new quests as the Warrior of Light.
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    * Level cap increased from 60 -> 70
    * New jobs, including red mage
    * New exploration with swimming and diving
    * New areas to explore
    * A new primal Lakshmi
    * New dungeons
    * New High-level Raid The Bend of Time Omega
    * New alliance raid Return to Ivalice
    * The Forbidden Land of Eureka
    * New gear and crafting recipes
    * A fourth residential district
    * Expanded item inventory and changes to the battle system
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. Jun 30, 2017
    95
    Stormblood helps Final Fantasy XIV soar to new heights in storytelling, visuals, and gameplay, inching one of the best MMORPGs ever created even closer to perfection.
  2. Jun 29, 2017
    92
    You'll find some boring sidequests, yes, but it makes up for that flaw with an unforgettable story filled with moving cutscenes and acting, great new primal fights and dungeons, two wonderful new combat classes, and new lands that reward the explorer in us all.
  3. Jun 30, 2017
    91
    It’s a magnificent foundation for the coming months of patches. Long may it continue.
  4. Jul 7, 2017
    90
    This is more FF XIV, and that's great news. It is an impressive expansion and one of the best Final Fantasy we've ever played. Yes, it's online, but if you've ever loved the series, don't be scared and give it a try.
  5. The new expansion of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood has as much content as a standalone game. The new expansion is an exceptional example of how to keep players in the game.
  6. Jul 14, 2017
    85
    Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is one of the best expansions in the history of MMORPGs. It turns FFXIV's storyline upside down, introduces cool new classes and has an amazing soundtrack. It won't appeal to people who don't like FFXIV, but the fans should be in awe. It has everything they like, but it's bigger and better.
  7. Jul 3, 2017
    80
    An exceptional expansion that unfortunately refuses to take any risks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 47
  2. Negative: 13 out of 47
  1. Nov 26, 2020
    10
    Amazing story. Graphics has a great emphasis on attention to detail from scenery to character.
  2. Jul 5, 2017
    10
    The two new Jobs (Samurai and Red Mage) are AWESOME. Tried both of them a lot in Palace of the Dead and they play very fluidly withThe two new Jobs (Samurai and Red Mage) are AWESOME. Tried both of them a lot in Palace of the Dead and they play very fluidly with interesting mechanics. Red Mage in particular seems very enjoyable to play, they got the jack of all trades role right. While Samurai is pure DPS monster with zero utility to the party, skill wise it is a bit harder than other melee DPS since you have to keep track a lot of things. The battle system changes they introduced is also mostly a success and make old jobs more streamlined (a bit dumbed down, but understandable, WoW had worse skill pruning). Expand
  3. Jun 20, 2017
    10
    Despite the early access issue (raubahn and pipin savage), the content of the expansion itself is very very good. I can say it's one of theDespite the early access issue (raubahn and pipin savage), the content of the expansion itself is very very good. I can say it's one of the best MMO expansion I've played and I played a lot of MMOs.

    - Story:
    The pacing is tighter and more streamlined than Heavensward, almost no filler or unnecessary detour in the main quest. Although I prefer the setting and setup of Heavensward, Stormblood has various twists and unforgettable moments, I'm excited to see where the story will unfolds in 4.x patches.

    - Gameplay:
    The two new Jobs (Samurai and Red Mage) are AWESOME. Tried both of them a lot in Palace of the Dead and they play very fluidly with interesting mechanics. Red Mage in particular seems very enjoyable to play, they got the jack of all trades role right. While Samurai is pure DPS monster with zero utility to the party, skill wise it is a bit harder than other melee DPS since you have to keep track a lot of things. The battle system changes they introduced is also mostly a success and make old jobs more streamlined (a bit dumbed down, but understandable, WoW had worse skill pruning).

    - Music:
    No comment needed here. Still reign supreme as the best MMO music.

    - Endgame:
    Can't give full impression on the endgame since raid is not out yet (2 weeks from now). The only endgame content currently is 2 Extreme Primal which I haven't tried yet.
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  4. Jul 8, 2017
    8
    Updated Review : Its been about 2 weeks since the launch much of the bugs have been finally improved same with server stability , still someUpdated Review : Its been about 2 weeks since the launch much of the bugs have been finally improved same with server stability , still some issues are around (some server congestion and login ques) how ever I have spent my time getting my character to level 70 and enjoyed the Story (main quests) very much what is annoying is the fact that Square Enix released 2 new classes which are both DPS (Damage Per Second) which results in long que times for the duty finder (Tanks and healers always get in Duties right away when using the DF) with that said wish they released a healer or tank class not just DPS classes , with that said it brings me to the next part of my review the classes (well just 1 since ive yet to start working on the other) the new class Samurai is unique , it uses a combination of monk style combos and the ninjas ninjitsu system also its a heavy hitter (does very high DPS) alas you start the samurai at level 50 so you got to get that up 20 levels to level 70 which can be grindy ive managed to level up twice in a 6 hour period (long DF que times) and several Palace of Dead fail groups (randoms via DF) so Experience farming is kinda tough starting at level 50-60 (level 60-70 is easier cause you can do lvl 60+ dungeons which award tons of EXP)

    The Zones are absolutely gorgeous (especially the Ruby Sea and the Stepp's)

    The Sound track is very well done as well (Especially the Lakashimi fight) !!

    Cons: Is the final Trial Duty (very hard even for a veteran like me) the mechanics are somewhat complicated especially when the corners start pulsating and you dont know where the safe spot is (you get hit and its insta death)

    My Initial Review below (was originally 2 stars)

    "After the initial Launch of the game FFXIV ARR they had massive server issues and problems (this is ontop of 2 closed betas and 1 open beta) that was 3-4 years ago , i then gave them benifit of the doubt cause it was their first launch of the new IP but after Heavensward i gave it a 5 because of the same issues aka server and bugs , now with Stormblood with all the issues on Early access and some now affecting official launch , ontop of the developement team not doing anything to resolve the issues only apologizing and twiddling their thumbs this is getting a 2 out of 10 due to the fact customer service sucks and we pay a $15 a month subscription to this game ontop of shelling out another $40 for this expansion , i will write an updated review later but for now this is my review in progress so far !!!"
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  5. Sep 21, 2017
    7
    After a few months, I can say it's pretty decent. The story is a significant step down from Heavensward's but it's at least on par with AAfter a few months, I can say it's pretty decent. The story is a significant step down from Heavensward's but it's at least on par with A Realm Reborn's. The changes to every job I've levelled to 70 have been at worst meh to me (I'm not a fan of Bard anymore, but it's fine) to great (Ninja is far less of a **** to play). Most of the new music tracks are amazing.

    Unfortunately, the zones continued the downward spiral started in HW. Most of them are huge with very little interesting things happening. I blame flying. Also swimming was woefully underused. ARR still has the most interesting and unique zones. I was also not a fan of how parts of some zones were completely walled off by the story. Having high level areas be filled with high level aggressive monsters ala ARR is a much better way to go about it.

    Worth buying if you're already an active player. I wouldn't say it's good enough to change your mind if you didn't like it already.

    There's a lot of people **** about the price change. They are dumbasses. The only change was that Brazilian and Russian players on the Steam version are now paying the same monthly fee as Brazilian and Russian players who played the not-Steam version, which is also now on par with what the rest of the world is paying.
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  6. Oct 1, 2017
    5
    The story was good even if a bit cliche and tropey though the quests (gameplay wise) still were pretty inferior to what WoW does. Zone designThe story was good even if a bit cliche and tropey though the quests (gameplay wise) still were pretty inferior to what WoW does. Zone design was improved compared to HW but copying of assets is still pretty noticeable in areas like terrain doodads. I understand buildings having only 1 or 2 varieties but I shouldn’t see things like the same rock and tree over and over so easily which can usually be dealt with but just rotating an object. Ruby Sea feels like a huge empty zone given the water doesn’t add much actual gameplay either besides swimming. If you’re going to add a mostly water zone you should at the very least add some type of gimmick rather than having it be nothing more than a barren land of emptiness and copy pasted rocks and kelp that you swim through. In general some zones just didn’t feel like they reached their full potential such as the Lochs and Yanxia while others like Azim Steppe were really well done. The zones still feel dead in general when compared to WoW’s where you’ll see NPC’s actually doing things such as bears hunting fish or predators hunting prey and in general FF14 zone design seems to be nothing more than ‘this is the bear area and over there’s the wolf area and this final area is the bird area and the mobs are just all walking back and forth in their little zone’ and doodads just seem thrown into the game world and rarely are blended in.

    The main issue with SB right now is that once you hit 70 the game is the same exact game as HW. You do the same 3 dungeons over and over (with high DPS queues) to grind out tomes and in general are doing nothing at all actually new unlike how Legion added Mythic+, artifact weapons, and the world quest system (an improvement of the old dailies system). And of course with Omega they are continuing the convoluted gearing system from Alexander. Square is once again relegating any new systems to patches and we have to hope these new systems are well developed unlike Lord of Verminion and Diadem and even things like the eventual beast tribes may just be the same ol’ 3 daily quests. I’m iffy on this thing Square does where they release a ‘skeleton’ expansion and how they instead put new systems into patches I’m holding out hope that they surprise me with the upcoming patches though given Square has been nothing but predictable with FF14 so I’m not getting my hopes too high. It doesn't help that the one new system, Eureka, has already been delayed making the first patch pretty barren for a patch coming 4 months after release with some of the content not even being patched in till a month after that. So 5 months for everything while in that time Legion released 2 patches following a 77 day release schedule that added far more content than 4.1 is adding. Stormblood is a mediocre expansion and the playerbase should honestly expect so much better from a company like Square.
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  7. Aug 21, 2020
    0
    Sucks.,.................................................. ...................

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