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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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  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  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. Jul 1, 2015
    10
    Yes, it is an MMO heavy on the story, so you must complete the base game's main quest due to Heavensward's story building on top of that. IfYes, it is an MMO heavy on the story, so you must complete the base game's main quest due to Heavensward's story building on top of that. If you do not like that, do not buy it. But if you do, you are in for fantastic, beautiful worlds, the best control scheme for an MMO ever seen on a console, superb music, impressive bosses, and a very well-policed, helpful and non-toxic community. Do not let the 2.5 global cool down timer fool you: Lots of abilities are off-GCD, and sooner than later you will your hands full juggling the demanding number of skills to get the maximum out of your job. And, by the way, as always, you can play ALL jobs/classes in a single character. No need to create any twinks. Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2016
    10
    From amazing visuals to fantastic combat, Heavensward has got it all. Building upon the success of A Realm Reborn, they've opened a few newFrom amazing visuals to fantastic combat, Heavensward has got it all. Building upon the success of A Realm Reborn, they've opened a few new zones in the form of Ishgard, Dravania, and the Sea of Clouds. I'll be boiling down the key points of my review with Story, Additional Content, Gameplay, and Visuals/Music.

    Story: While A Realm Reborn kept the story fairly safe, drawing many parallels with the first Final Fantasy, Heavensward flips that on its head and goes for something very new. I'll not go into detail as it is better to experience it fresh, but suffice it to say that this different approach has solidified an identity for Final Fantasy XIV as an MMO that can draw in the player on their story as well as the gameplay.

    Additional Content: While other MMOs may struggle to develop substantial content to keep players engaged (looking at you Warlords of Draenor) Heavensward releases new patches every 3-4 months that are loaded with additional raids, dungeons, trials, and several quality of life features. From adding new crafting features and recipes to entirely new game modes in the form of Palace of the Dead, the development team pours all their effort to keeping the game fresh and enjoyable for their fans. and let's not forget the three new Jobs added to the game in the form of Dark Knight, Machinist, and Astrologian. These jobs add further diversity to the already unique roles in the game.

    Gameplay: If you're already familiar with the combat from A Realm Reborn, you'll be happy to hear that the depth of combat has only gotten better. Fights such as Ravana and Bismarck add a new level of mechanics and challenge to test your coordination and skill within the game.

    Visuals/Music: It goes without saying that Square Enix is known for their striking visuals and great music, and Heavensward is no exception. From the beautiful city of Ishgard to the incredible design of their brand new primal: Ravana, the art team has been hard at work to create a game that looks and feels great. On the musical side tracks add an extra layer of atmosphere to zones and dungeons, and tracks like Dragonsong are truly fantastic to listen to.

    In conclusion Heavensward is an expansion that nails it on the head in every way possible. Any fan of good MMOs should certainly give it a try.
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  4. Jun 27, 2015
    10
    Amazing!, all you could ask from any MMORPG or a FF series game, great Main Story full of CS-voice, dynamic events (FATES), great music,Amazing!, all you could ask from any MMORPG or a FF series game, great Main Story full of CS-voice, dynamic events (FATES), great music, traditional questing more relevant now, beautiful and HUGE new maps, great dungeons and new primals. All jobs got new skills, 3 new jobs, flying feels great, new FC (guilds) options. 10/10 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. Mar 25, 2021
    8
    Драконы, женщины, рыцари, магия - КЛАССИКА! Что еще нужно человеку, который скучает по фэнтези приключению, где главным злом является дракон?Драконы, женщины, рыцари, магия - КЛАССИКА! Что еще нужно человеку, который скучает по фэнтези приключению, где главным злом является дракон? Готическая атмосфера тоже на месте.
    Из минусов, я не понимаю полеты в этой игре, ты проходишь локацию и под конец прохождения, тебе дают возможность там летать, блин! Как второе, отсутствие игроков в старом контенте, редко кого встречаешь, все в актуале, хотя хорошо бы было придумать схему где старый контент причем такого масштаба был не забыт.
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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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