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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.
    FEATURES
    * 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: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 95
    While Stormblood doesn’t strike away from Heavensward or other modern MMOs in terms of quest design and content, almost everything it does is exceptional.
  2. Jun 27, 2017
    93
    The Legacy of Final Fantasy XIV continues to improve the magnificent Heavensward. Stormblood is one of the best products available from Square Enix and some of the best MMORPG on the market.
  3. Jun 29, 2017
    92
    Stormblood doesn't do much to shake up the general design Final Fantasy XIV has followed since its relaunch, but never before have its familiar elements worked quite so well.
  4. Jun 21, 2017
    90
    After playing the reborn Final Fantasy XIV for nearly three years, each expansion feels like a game of give and take. They're very good, but tend to fall into the same routine as the base game. That's not so much of an issue if that routine is a winning one.
  5. Jul 5, 2017
    90
    Stormblood is a great successor to Heavensward, proving that Final Fantasy XIV can always improve.
  6. Jun 29, 2017
    90
    The release of Stormblood only cements what some players have known for a very long time; Final Fantasy XIV is a phenomenal MMORPG. The structural changes to combat and PvP, as well as the two new classes, introduce plenty for both veterans and newcomers to sink their teeth into, while the emotionally charged central campaign is easily amongst the best the franchise has offered in years.
  7. Jun 27, 2017
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Jun 20, 2017
    10
    Stormblood sets a new standard for what not just an expansion should be, but the modern mmo genre as a whole. While ultimately it is a newStormblood sets a new standard for what not just an expansion should be, but the modern mmo genre as a whole. While ultimately it is a new story featuring new and different lands, enemies, and characters from what we have known, the developers have gone above and beyond to make everything feel fresh, with smart reworks of every job, a complete overhaul of the existing pvp. and fun, *varied* dungeons. The story takes place directly after the events of "Heavensward's" finale patch "The Far Edge of Fate," and hits the ground running. I don't recall a recent game in which they explored so many aspects of war, be it the enslaved, the endangered, or the bystanders, this story is dark to say the least. It brings new cultures and ideals to the already lore heavy game without any need for a retcon. All in all this is the perfect representation of the best of 14, it is truly something special, and an adventure you won't want to miss. Expand
  2. Jul 10, 2017
    10
    Some indepth review after beating all content and getting Heal, DPS & Tank to 70 reflect my opinion and thoughts.

    Summary: For me, my
    Some indepth review after beating all content and getting Heal, DPS & Tank to 70 reflect my opinion and thoughts.

    Summary:
    For me, my favorite MMORPG just got way better. I still love it's visual style, the new classes are amazing, as are most of the new areas. The story is a blast to play through and leaves pretty much all other MMORPG's in a big shadow. Best thing to me are the class revisions. Everything plays smoother and needs less focus on some debuff or cooldown management, you can concentrate on having fun more. Love it :)
    With this, all the new content is a blast - not only visually, but gameplay-wise as well. I can really recommend this game!

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    More in depth:

    Tech / Visuals:
    First of all, the game looks nice but not like the typical new triple A title. It is a rather dated MMO that still got a style that is rather pleasant to look at. With the discontinuation of support for PS3, we got faster travel, faster load of characters and a solid support for the PS4 Pro, where I personally enjoy the higher performance mode most.
    Visually, they created some incredibly beautiful dungeons with various themes and a lot of active dynamic animations and stuff going on.
    When it comes to the new zones, its a mix between incredibly beautiful and at parts a little bland. Possibly due to the chosen environment. A lot of the expansion plays out in a desert-like area, so don't expect much variety everywhere you go. So the contrast between some incredible Asian themed and underwater content to the latest areas is kinda stark.
    The characters are as beautiful as ever, with the new classes having amazingly animated skills with some truly spectacular effect work.

    Story:
    I won't be spoiling here, so keeping it simple. The original story of FFXIV was ok'ish. Heavensward did improve upon it. Stormblood though really made it some awesome Final Fantasy experience. In my opinion, simply the best story for any MMO I know of out right now.
    Only downside: Though a lot of Job quests and even a few sidequests got nice storys as well. A lot of not so complex side quest simply are your generic fetch this or move there stuff. But guess that's to be expected when considering the amount of content. Nevertheless, I would love to simply skip stuff like this or make those quests better, so I comment on this not so good part as well.

    Amount of content / difficulty / accessibility
    Well, the amount of content is decent. Especially for people that enjoy playing multiple classes and playing with their friends will surely spend a lot of hours in Eorzea. If you only want to focus on one class though and power through everything, the game will soon no longer have anything to offer for you. Reason being simple: This is no grindgame where you just keep on grinding levels for hours and hours. At some point you got max level and max gear, simple as that.
    Difficulty wise, the content is balanced very well right now. It is more accessible then ever, with mechanics being fair and easy to understand while still punishing enough to wipe the careless and unprepared. Maybe the game overall got easier. It is hard to say, because a lot of players are very experienced. But the big change with Stormblood seems the highest level of accessibility for all kinds of content yet.

    PvP:
    The changes were drastic and now I enjoy it. I mean I never enjoyed PvP before in this game. But now, with everyone being equal and PvP feeling fair, its a blast. Specially since they steamlined PvP skills and made some incredible adjustments to the bars. Now it is easy to handle your skills and focus on the actual combat. Makes for some really enjoyable 72-man battles!
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  3. Mar 4, 2019
    10
    Best MMORPG in the world, I like every part of it. You have lots and lots things to do. Perfect job sistem and characters are beautiful. TheBest MMORPG in the world, I like every part of it. You have lots and lots things to do. Perfect job sistem and characters are beautiful. The Main scenario quests are charming.

    Thanks Square Enix and Yoshida for this game.
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  4. Jun 20, 2017
    10
    best mmo actually,nice story,Good dungeons,maps and content I recommend it

    El mejoro mmo actualmente,buena historia,buenos dungeons,mapas y
    best mmo actually,nice story,Good dungeons,maps and content I recommend it

    El mejoro mmo actualmente,buena historia,buenos dungeons,mapas y contenido muy recomendado
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  5. Dec 12, 2020
    9
    I don't like theme of Far East. But hey! This expansion wake up my interest to this culture! Storytelling grow up again and more challenge andI don't like theme of Far East. But hey! This expansion wake up my interest to this culture! Storytelling grow up again and more challenge and beautiful contents awaits! Bravo Expand
  6. Jun 19, 2020
    8
    Yet another solid expansion for FFXIV. If you're playing this game, just go ahead and add this on. It's worth it.
  7. Jul 22, 2017
    0
    No me gusta. Últimamente (desde hace unos años) Square Enix parece que solo quiere explotar el nombre de Final Fantasy esforzándose muy muyNo me gusta. Últimamente (desde hace unos años) Square Enix parece que solo quiere explotar el nombre de Final Fantasy esforzándose muy muy poco. Intentan innovar en un género que prácticamente ha tocado techo. Expand

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