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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.
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    * 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.
    FEATURES

    * 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
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 10 out of 29
  1. Jul 4, 2017
    10
    Although plagued by server issues during the early access release (this was revealed to have been due to a DDoS attack), Final Fantasy XIV:Although plagued by server issues during the early access release (this was revealed to have been due to a DDoS attack), Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood has delivered an amazing experience for players of the MMO genre. From a new compelling story about liberation from tyranny and the hardships of war, to completely revamping jobs and adding new mechanics, the game has improved by leaps and bounds.

    Gameplay: Stormblood has made several balance changes to PvE and PvP, not least of which is the abandoning of the Cross Class System in favor of a new Cross Role System. This means you no longer have to level something like Thaumaturge in order to be a good healer with Swiftcast, as that is one of your options in the Cross Role menu. PvP has now been given a normalized stat and skill system, resulting in matches that are more heavily reliant on player skill than before, and thanks to the increased potency on almost all skills, PvP has become less of a stalemate fest.

    Graphics: FF14 is still a game that is very appealing to look at and the new zones continue to impress with their level of detail and visual fidelity for an MMO. From different textures to show erosion on rock, to the interesting architecture of Ala Mhigo and Othard, the art team continues to deliver.

    Music: Masayoshi Soken hasn't let us down as he continues to find ways to take a leitmotif and spin it in several interesting ways throughout the different zones and battles. The Royal Menagerie having one of the most climactic themes of any battle yet was wholly appropriate given the scale of what you are undertaking at the climax of the story. I found myself getting so hyped that I would occasionally sing the small chant from the main theme of the expansion during boss fights.

    If you're a fan of MMO's Stormblood is a fantastic expansion that builds upon an already strong foundation, and with amazing raids like Omega and Ivalice coming out soon, there's always more content to keep the game fresh on the way.
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  2. Jun 20, 2017
    10
    best mmo actually,nice story,Good dungeons,maps and content I recommend it

    El mejoro mmo actualmente,buena historia,buenos dungeons,mapas y
    best mmo actually,nice story,Good dungeons,maps and content I recommend it

    El mejoro mmo actualmente,buena historia,buenos dungeons,mapas y contenido muy recomendado
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  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. Jun 20, 2017
    6
    This expansion is a mixed bag but as a former White Mage, I logged in after a 3 hour queue to find they'd made my class completely worthless.This expansion is a mixed bag but as a former White Mage, I logged in after a 3 hour queue to find they'd made my class completely worthless. The initial launch was even more of a shambles than usual, and considering Square-Enix have a history of shambolic launches they really should be stepping up to the plate for their paying customers by now. A 3 hour queue to log in, broken main story quests, and constant disconnections because Square-Enix refuse to reinforce their server infrastructure during major releases, are all unacceptable considering we pay to play this game.

    The content in the expansion is great the new area's, classes, quests, story and music are fantastic. If you played a White Mage or Dark Knight sorry, they've trashed your class, but other than that, the game is great and well worth jumping back in to once they get their act together and sort their servers out.

    As of right now I'm giving this 6 out of 10 because the issues are so bad.
    Consider this a 8 out of 10 once the issues are corrected.
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  6. Jun 20, 2017
    1
    Exactly the same as the previous expansion, following the same old formula since the reboot some 3 years ago. Same dungeon format, sameExactly the same as the previous expansion, following the same old formula since the reboot some 3 years ago. Same dungeon format, same leveling format, same raid format. Nothing else new added to the game. Very uninspired overall. Expand
  7. Dec 4, 2018
    0
    After coming off Heavensward I can't help but say what an immense disappointment Stormblood ended up being. I kept hoping the storyline wouldAfter coming off Heavensward I can't help but say what an immense disappointment Stormblood ended up being. I kept hoping the storyline would pick up like in HW but ultimately it was a contrived mess of a story with an even more disappointing ending. I can but hope that Shadowbringers fixes this. Expand

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