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  • Summary: The to-this-point sealed gates to Ishgard open to the citizens of Eorzea as the Dragonsong War deteriorates. This bloody thousand-year skirmish between the dragoons of Ishgard and the sentient dragons of Dravania invites the support of new adventurers to bring to a halt to the conflict.The to-this-point sealed gates to Ishgard open to the citizens of Eorzea as the Dragonsong War deteriorates. This bloody thousand-year skirmish between the dragoons of Ishgard and the sentient dragons of Dravania invites the support of new adventurers to bring to a halt to the conflict. Heavensward expands the playable area of the game into additional areas of Eorzea, beyond the Coerthas Central Highlands and in to the skies above the Sea of Clouds and the floating landmasses therein. Expand
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  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Genre(s): Massively Multiplayer Online, Fantasy, Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer
  • # of players: Massively Multiplayer
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    Final Fantasy XIV has genuinely developed into the best MMO on the market as far as I'm concerned, with its brilliant post-game content and now, with the additional Heavensward content, the best is just getting better. This game is a compelling argument for the continued validity of the subscription model for MMOs.
  2. Jul 13, 2015
    90
    The beautiful new areas, incredible story, and massive additions to existing content make Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward an amazing package.
  3. Sep 16, 2015
    90
    The vast majority of Heavensward is outstanding and it’s easy enough to endure the occasional slow patch. A Realm Reborn was an impressive revival when it launched in 2013, and Heavensward elevates the game to an even higher level. Rarely do expansions feel so fully formed.
  4. Aug 21, 2015
    87
    Heavensward builds on the foundation of A Realm Reborn and offers a somber and intriguing story in all new environments. With an increasingly toxic community, something does need to be done to curb bad behavior before it ruins the later parts of the game. If you've already completed the base game of FFXIV, there is no doubt that you need to explore the large and enjoyable expansion.
  5. Oct 28, 2015
    85
    Quite a good expansion for this MMO, rich in content and novelty. The fact that Heavensward is this neat is testament to the quality of the base game. If the level of the new contents stays like this, players will stay in Final Fantasy XIV's world for a lot of time.
  6. Jul 12, 2015
    80
    Final Fantasy XIV newcomers might have to jump through hoops to access the new content, but believe us when we say it's worth the effort.
  7. Jul 20, 2015
    60
    Heavensward proves nothing other than that Square Enix can dress up old content without breaking it, and more needs to expected from the developers in future expansions.

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    10
    The developers really seemed to listen to the player base to create an expansion with so many features that were requested during the baseThe developers really seemed to listen to the player base to create an expansion with so many features that were requested during the base game's run. Though this is an MMORPG, it's still Final Fantasy so the story component is strong, as it was in the base game. The new story, in my opinion, is more elaborate and exciting than the portion that took players through the base game. The new areas are visually stunning, and the accompanying music sets the mood to a T. Dungeons and Trials are a little more innovative with mechanics that don't seem super obvious. New endgame raids are not yet implemented, but they will be added within the next couple weeks.

    You will have to finish the main story up through patch 2.55, which was the end of the base game, to access the new content, but that's not a bad thing by any means.
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  2. Jun 30, 2015
    10
    This game has been great! It just keeps getting better! Very story driven and rewards you for hard efforts. Better Than WOW in my opinion.This game has been great! It just keeps getting better! Very story driven and rewards you for hard efforts. Better Than WOW in my opinion. They even make you work to fly, it feels so much more rewarding after you earn it. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2016
    10
    Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward is the perfect example of what an expansion should be. The new areas are massive. The story is one of the bestFinal Fantasy XIV Heavensward is the perfect example of what an expansion should be. The new areas are massive. The story is one of the best stories in any mmo ever. The music is some of my favorite from the entire series. This is good work on all fronts from the developers. Going into Heavensward you will get a lot more of the same from A Realm Reborn. That said ARR was well done, and this content feels just as good. The expansions only real shortcoming is the extensive grind toward the end of the roughly 60 hour story (pre-patch now about 75 hours as of 3.3) The story masterfully makes you feel helpless and unable to comprehend just the scope of the insurmountable hatred the dragons have for the people of Ishgard. The story is just the beginning, the end game offers some of the best content the game has to offer. Currently there are 8 segments of the long term 8 man raid "Alexander," and 2 segments of the 24 man "sky pirate" (not official name) raid series. Beyond that there are lots of dungeons to do, daily missions, new beast tribe quests, new classes, and much more. Be prepared to lose literally thousands of hours to this soul sucking amazing game. Definitely recommend this game to any fans of the mmo genre. Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2015
    10
    Awesome game, more Story for one player than most single player games and playable at start not like new batman on PC.. I recommended thisAwesome game, more Story for one player than most single player games and playable at start not like new batman on PC.. I recommended this game for everyone! Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2015
    9
    The expansion has you continually experiencing new and exciting twists in the game system, and the amount of things to do and experiment withThe expansion has you continually experiencing new and exciting twists in the game system, and the amount of things to do and experiment with is simply mind-boggling.

    This is a testament to just how passionate Naoki Yoshida and his team are about this game, and how willing they were to make things right after the original Final Fantasy XIV MMO launch turned out to be a catastrophe. This appears to be reflected in the player base too, with ARR being one of square Enix’s highest grossing titles. I have dabbled in many MMOs over the years, but Final Fantasy XIV still remains my favourite, and the new world of Heavensward takes everything that has made the title so good over the past two years and dials it up to eleven.

    If you are prepared to invest a lot of hours into a game that continually rewards you, I can’t think of anything else out there right now better deserving of your time.

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  6. Jun 19, 2020
    8
    Still more FFXIV fun. Little grindy, but opens up to some fun dungeons and all around more stuff to do.
  7. Jan 14, 2016
    0
    Couldn't even get the thing installed on the computer after numerous attempts with support staff, my internet support staff. After numerousCouldn't even get the thing installed on the computer after numerous attempts with support staff, my internet support staff. After numerous headaches, e-mails, and problems this game is just not worth installing save your money, go with a more user friendly game. I spent well over 24 hours of my life just trying to get it installed because I enjoy mmorpgs but man I'll never get that time back. Patcher/Launcher has major issues, just lookup all the problems people have with patching and installing, I literally had to change msconfig, do port forwarding, and all the other fun stuff and it still didn't work. Steer clear. Expand

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