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Metacritic (PC): 83/100
Metacritic (PS3): 78/100
Metacritic (PS4): 86/100
Release: Aug 2013
Reviewed on: PC

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Site Score
8.0
Good: Good mixture of PvE options – Game world design
Bad: Minimal PvP – Some grinding
User Score
8.3
(15 votes)
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the relaunched Final Fantasy MMORPG adventure that addresses the key issues of the original version to give you that MMO in the FF universe that you’ve always craved.

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Set on the continent of Eorzea there is a huge amount of ancient lore to explore with a map that is split into various city-states. At the centre of this story is the Mothercrystal, a sentient crystal. Every area of the map is beautifully crafted with locations that feel very fleshed out and well-designed.

Gameplay is typical of the MMO genre with players selecting their character from various race and class options with some visual customisation thrown in for good measure. Classes include your usual archetypes and are split between Disciples of Magic and Disciples of War. Players can further define their class later on through the Disciples of Hand and Land which are comparable to professions in other games.

Progression is fairly seamless in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with very few bumps along the road where you won’t have a vast range of quests that you can complete for experience. PvE is much more than questing though with instanced dungeons and random events (known as FATEs) consuming just as much of your time, creating a good balance between experience methods.

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Once players achieve the max level of 50 the game shifts to more group based PvE with groups grinding out the boss monster of the game to improve their gear and face the tougher end bosses for bragging rights. While this part of the game is definitely better with an organised group or guild there is matchmaking in the game to pair lone players with others although of course results do vary.

It’s a huge improvement over the original state of the game that should bring back gamers that were left with a sour taste from the first release. It’s still not a perfect game with a little too much grinding for some players but Square Enix has shown they are willing to make improvements and that alone warrants you enjoying the 14 day trial to decide for yourself.

Summary:

  • A Final Fantasy themed MMO.
  • A relaunch that fixes many player complaints.
  • Focus on PvE quests, instanced dungeons and random events.
  • Great class variety and impressive design.
  • Beautifully designed game locations.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, 8.3 out of 10 based on 15 ratings

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