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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.
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    * 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: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  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. Jun 21, 2017
    10
    I have gone through level 65, halfway through the level increase to 70. Thrilled to see that Stormblood is on par with the last majorI have gone through level 65, halfway through the level increase to 70. Thrilled to see that Stormblood is on par with the last major expansion Heavensward. Art direction and music are top notch. The take on the Far East theme is done well and I am enjoying the fresh environment. Full load of recipes and gathering nodes if Disciple of Hand/Land is your ball of wax. New dungeons and the one primal I've done are exciting and just as well done as the others. The increase in fidelity is apparent with the PS3 console support dropped for 4.0. Major issue with logging in to combat instances to progress the main quest storyline has been resolved. Overall I chalk Stormblood up as another victory for Yoshi-P! Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2019
    10
    This expansion pack is pretty amazing. to the story the the pretty zones. to the amazing music like in the lochs, to the amazing fights likeThis expansion pack is pretty amazing. to the story the the pretty zones. to the amazing music like in the lochs, to the amazing fights like shinryu, all around amazing expansion pack, love the bad guy to, pure evil xeno Expand
  4. Jun 20, 2017
    10
    Despite the early access issue (raubahn and pipin savage), the content of the expansion itself is very very good. I can say it's one of theDespite the early access issue (raubahn and pipin savage), the content of the expansion itself is very very good. I can say it's one of the best MMO expansion I've played and I played a lot of MMOs.

    - Story:
    The pacing is tighter and more streamlined than Heavensward, almost no filler or unnecessary detour in the main quest. Although I prefer the setting and setup of Heavensward, Stormblood has various twists and unforgettable moments, I'm excited to see where the story will unfolds in 4.x patches.

    - Gameplay:
    The two new Jobs (Samurai and Red Mage) are AWESOME. Tried both of them a lot in Palace of the Dead and they play very fluidly with interesting mechanics. Red Mage in particular seems very enjoyable to play, they got the jack of all trades role right. While Samurai is pure DPS monster with zero utility to the party, skill wise it is a bit harder than other melee DPS since you have to keep track a lot of things. The battle system changes they introduced is also mostly a success and make old jobs more streamlined (a bit dumbed down, but understandable, WoW had worse skill pruning).

    - Music:
    No comment needed here. Still reign supreme as the best MMO music.

    - Endgame:
    Can't give full impression on the endgame since raid is not out yet (2 weeks from now). The only endgame content currently is 2 Extreme Primal which I haven't tried yet.
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  5. Oct 21, 2019
    9
    Sunk 200+ hours in this game and really enjoyed it. Loved the class switch at any time so you aren't fully stuck with one job throughout yourSunk 200+ hours in this game and really enjoyed it. Loved the class switch at any time so you aren't fully stuck with one job throughout your whole playthrough. Graphics are beautiful and the gameplay is really enjoyable. One of my very few MMO's I don't mind jumping back into. Biggest downside would be the main storyline eating so much time. Mind you though that it is a Final Fantasy game so it will be story based for the first half. Another thing I wasn't really a fan of was the queue times if you are running a DPS character since it seems everyone else is playing it(Tank main) . Also enjoyed how you could play with other users when your run a dungeon no matter what platform you are. Highly recommend it though if you want to jump into an MMO. Does have a monthly subscription after a certain level but well worth it. 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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