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  • Summary: Take part in an ever-changing FINAL FANTASY as you adventure and explore with friends from around the world. Experience all the hallmarks of the franchise - airships, chocobos, moogles, and more.
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  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Fantasy
  • # of players: Up to 64
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. May 2, 2014
    95
    A Realm Reborn is one of the biggest reversals in fortune we've seen for a game in many, many years. A must for MMO and Final Fantasy fans alike.
  2. Apr 29, 2014
    90
    PS4 power and updates have made a great game, even better.
  3. Jun 19, 2014
    90
    By adhering to the cookie-cutter conformity of MMO tropes, A Realm Reborn doesn’t attempt anything wholly new but shines in its familiarity.
  4. Apr 22, 2014
    85
    A Realm Reborn is a well crafted theme park with a healthy variety of activities for the players, but those who strive to participate in the End Game shall see a lot of grinding ahead of their path.
  5. May 19, 2014
    85
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, PS4 version, has got a higher gear, takes advantage of the hardware in an intelligent way, it marks a milestone in the MMO genre and in the history of Square Enix. This is the best MMO available on a console.
  6. Apr 14, 2014
    83
    Even on PS4 A Realm Reborn is a great game, with the upgrade to Full HD which is especially useful for a better HUD management. The DualShock 4 is comfy enough, and the touchpad helps to navigate better the interface. The game's major issue remains the excessive lag (but it's still better than on PS3).
  7. Apr 19, 2014
    70
    As it stands now, A Realm Reborn vastly improves on its predecessor and delivers a wonderful fantasy world to spend countless hours in. It has its fair share of flaws, especially in regard to the quest structure, but I imagine fans of the genre will enjoy their time with the game regardless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 82
  2. Negative: 18 out of 82
  1. May 11, 2020
    10
    Final Fantasy XIV and it's many expansions are absolutely amazing and will drag you into a world of fun.
  2. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    This game is literally the most fun I've ever had with an MMO. I love being able to play this on the PS4, it just works so well. This game isThis game is literally the most fun I've ever had with an MMO. I love being able to play this on the PS4, it just works so well. This game is well worth the subscription fee, and I highly recommend it. Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2014
    10
    Best MMO on consoles/PC with cross-platform play between both. Also the best Final Fantasy game to come out in years. This is a must buy forBest MMO on consoles/PC with cross-platform play between both. Also the best Final Fantasy game to come out in years. This is a must buy for fans of classic Final Fantasy games and MMOs alike. Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2016
    9
    By far One of the top 5 MMORPG's of all time. For those who care my MMO history I started on EQ, and have been playing a new title everyBy far One of the top 5 MMORPG's of all time. For those who care my MMO history I started on EQ, and have been playing a new title every month or two since. For those looking for WoW GO AWAY. This game is not for you. With a job system not class system one character can literally do multiple "classes" (big props to FF XI for doing that in the MMO World. and Tactics for introducing it) Strong gameplay and a decent world make this game extremely playable. Expand
  5. Apr 17, 2015
    8
    There is very little that can be considered ground breaking in ARR, but at this point that's not what many MMO players are looking for. TheThere is very little that can be considered ground breaking in ARR, but at this point that's not what many MMO players are looking for. The class system is the standard melee/ranged dps, tank, and healer broken up in various ways. The dungeons contain trash, bosses, and loot. There are quests that require you to find bears, remove their asses, and turn them in. There is a crafting system in which you can make armor, potions, and other goodies. In short, this is your standard MMO of the kind that was first codified by Everquest and made popular to the masses by World of Warcraft.

    So why play this game? In short, because all of the standard elements are polished to a mirror shine. One character can be any and all of the classes, and in fact can borrow select abilities to use from other classes you have leveled up, so it behooves you to master at least two or three. The classes are nearly perfectly balanced in their roles, providing you with a reason for choosing any of them in their given role. As an example, I prefer to tank with a paladin, but that is a matter more of preference for their visual aesthetics than a real gameplay advantage over warriors, the other current tanking class. This is a nice change from having to start an entirely new character just to try out new mechanics or abilities of a class, though lovers of alts will still have plenty of reasons to roll a new character.

    The quests have a good mix of humor, interesting game play elements, and standard kill x or fedex. The best part are the engaging storylines, which is more or less on par with a single player JRPG story. It's not exactly the best story ever, but the push and pull of imperialism vs city states, individual freedom vs tyranny, science vs magic is engaging enough to push you towards finishing the next quest.

    The dungeon system is one of my personal favorite parts of MMOs, and ARR does dungeons better than most, possibly even better than any others currently. A dungeon finder tool is available from early on, and even the first fights you face are not tank and spanks. Bosses position is very important, whether from environmental hazards or because you need to activate traps, or because of adds that need to be kited, killed or maneuvered. I can't speak to healer or DPS experiences, but as a tank I was never bored. I also wasn't punished for being new; early fights teach you about different mechanics and how to deal with them in a helpful and organic manner. I didn't really feel like my hand was being held, nor did I feel like I needed to watch a guide video twice before even trying new dungeons.

    The crafting system is again, polished. You can pick up any profession, though there are certain limits on which you can master. Crafted products are useful and if you are a serious raider certain consumables will be needed as always, and useful to everyone else. Crafted armor is decent, but I found that it wasn't profitable to spend a great deal of time keeping my armor updated as I leveled until I branched out into other classes and wasn't picking up gear from my main quest.

    The graphics and UI are pleasing and easy to use and understand. Abilities have satisfying animations and rotations are easy to understand though hard to master. Sound is pleasant and at times memorable, though most of it is only passable. The voice actors are usually good, though what is actually voice acted is sporadic at best. There is plenty of content and while most of it is the usual filler there is enough fun stuff that it's cathartic for those who love the standard MMO setup.

    To sum up, this is a good, solid game. If you are looking for a new MMO to try that doesn't come with the baggage of a dozen expansions and years of development, this is a good pick. It probably won't convert you to the genre if you already don't like it, and it won't break your addiction to *insert game/drug of choice here* if you are already dedicated to one. This is simply a well done, high quality product that we have seen before and already know if we will like. For many, that's more than enough.
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  6. Apr 28, 2014
    6
    @Zuldo
    That mentioned that your Beta characters wouldn't transfer if you played Beta #1....
    (If you played Beta #2 they should have, but
    @Zuldo
    That mentioned that your Beta characters wouldn't transfer if you played Beta #1....
    (If you played Beta #2 they should have, but honestly why would you want to play an already leveled character? I think that's boring.. especially since your paying monthly)

    Now to my review....

    For the price of the game and the monthly fee I was very strict going into this one so....

    Good:
    - Graphics are amazing, PS3 and PS4 versions do not compare graphically or framerate wise.
    - A lot of stuff to do
    - A lot of class choices

    Bad:
    - Like I said in good "A lot of stuff to do", for someone like me that can also be bad if I'm trying to do too much at once lol.. I can't multitask :X
    - Doesn't feel too interactive with other users really.... Everyone just walks by you without a hello or gesture... Seems kinda like a SP game just full of more functional npcs lol (No I don't expect this all the time but it just makes the game seem not like an MMO.. WoW was more "chatty" per say..)
    - Doesn't seem worth the $15 a month, thankfully I got a free month free. Deciding if I want to do a month or two but than this game will probably sit on the shelf unplayable collecting dust...
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  7. Jul 29, 2015
    0
    I got the demo a few weeks and STILL can't connect to servers, or download the new patches. I'm just glad I didn't pay 20 bucks for this heapI got the demo a few weeks and STILL can't connect to servers, or download the new patches. I'm just glad I didn't pay 20 bucks for this heap of garbage. Expand

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