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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: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 11 out of 33
  1. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    FFXIV is one of the games I just can't stop playing. I recommend this game to anyone, and I have easily put more hours in this game than 99%FFXIV is one of the games I just can't stop playing. I recommend this game to anyone, and I have easily put more hours in this game than 99% of any game I have ever played. If you're a final fantasy fan that is on the fence about an online Final Fantasy because you think they are suppose to be offline please do not be. FFXIV is worth it! It not only has it's own world but almost everything from previous titles! If you are missing Final Fantasy and need something to suite your mmo sweet tooth this game is by far the best mmo on the market! Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2017
    10
    heavensward expansion was great , stormblood is even greater

    story is very well designed and very engaging , new zones and music and jobs
    heavensward expansion was great , stormblood is even greater

    story is very well designed and very engaging , new zones and music and jobs are all amazing
    I want to thank the development team for this masterpiece and hope they keep on making this game better
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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. Dec 4, 2018
    5
    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
  6. Mar 7, 2019
    3
    Main quest are long, boring and tedious. Average characters, story, music, poor quality in some parts. Boss and dungeon design uninspiring.Main quest are long, boring and tedious. Average characters, story, music, poor quality in some parts. Boss and dungeon design uninspiring. The game showed no improvement in terms of design and systems from the original release of ffxiv a realm reborn. Its just a big unenjoyable time-waster.

    The tasks are so lame and simple that automated bots make up half the player base, they do the same main story quests as you do and even farm dungeons in duty finder. If you are playing the same game they do, you are doing it wrong.

    This is a ridiculous time waster that makes you dumb. Stay away.
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  7. Aug 21, 2020
    0
    Sucks.,.................................................. ...................

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