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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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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  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. 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
  4. Dec 25, 2018
    9
    One of the best if not THE best expansion for any mmo that is out there. They improved the story a lot, and the gameplay and dungeons areOne of the best if not THE best expansion for any mmo that is out there. They improved the story a lot, and the gameplay and dungeons are great too. 9 out of 10, great expansion Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2015
    9
    I've been playing since early access. I got my Collectors Edition yesterday, I have been enjoying the game a lot. The story line makes youI've been playing since early access. I got my Collectors Edition yesterday, I have been enjoying the game a lot. The story line makes you want to keep playing. The graphics have had a slight upgrade for the ps4 and it runs really smooth. And what has plague normal launches with games (bad log ins and such, errors, and server downtime has been very few. Granted it has had log in errors but they haven't been too bad.) The only thing I haven't liked so far is the voice actors changing. Granted that won't stop me from playing the game and progressing, I'm hoping I'll get used to the changes.

    Other than that flying is fun, though I'm sure that may get old quickly but even then that doesn't spoil much. All in all it's fun to play and great to run through.
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  6. Jul 7, 2015
    7
    My story, my personal relationship, with FF ARR ended after two years and during the release of the first expansion: 'Heavensward'. I justMy story, my personal relationship, with FF ARR ended after two years and during the release of the first expansion: 'Heavensward'. I just think I came full circle with the game. I have loved it, since the beginning and devoted countless hours and days (and nights!) in this very immersive and addictive game.

    The expansion just made the game bigger, better, with more beautiful landscapes to explore, more things to do. But, for me, it gave the confirmation that it will simply never end. I know this sounds naive; all MMOs are 'endless', I just never grasped this thought in a realistic way.

    Before the expansion, I had pretty much everything capped; from jobs to gathering and crafting classes. Had tons of rare stuff that took me hours to achieve. Once the expansion arrived, it felt like I had so much to do, like I was back at square one; I was lost, overwhelmed and, in my mid 30s simply (and finally) realized I just don't have time to devote almost all my free time to an mmo.

    All of a sudden, it was as if I lost the appetite for it. And I just decided that I should use my little time outside work to do something else. Take better care of myself, invest more in my social life and play games, yes, of course, always; but a more reasonable amount.

    Heavensward is 'more of the same' in a bittersweet way for me. I don't know. It's like a lover that you 'love, but don't like anymore'. And, as I say this goodbye, I stick with the thought that my beloved character will carry on, in Eorzea, the rest of my adventures. I just won't be there anymore to see it. I will forever love this game. But, for me, it's time to go.
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  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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