After the disaster that was Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 released back in 2011, SquareEnix shutdown and remade the game released in its new form September 2013 named A Realm Reborn. The Primal Bahamut summoned the great meteor used to destroy all life in Eorzia. Moments before the world’s destruction, the player is transported through time for a second chance at defeating Bahamut before he casts his meteor. This is the beginning of our A Realm Reborn story. The Garlean empire has joined forces with mystical dark beings named the Ascians to aid in the resurrection of Bahamut and end all life in Eoriza. Ascicans are summoners of powerful beings known as Primals, known in previous FF titles as Eidolons or Aeons. Players are titled ‘The Warrior of Light’ by The Twelve Gods and the creator Hydaelynand are tested against the Primals as they progress through the games story, following a group of talented rebels named The Scions.
Final Fantasy XIV can be played on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and PC. All of which are cross platformed meaning players can play together regardless of what console they’re using. This brings up the control scheme and how it is implemented for both console controller and PC mouse and keyboard. Because of this the game is designed to be played with both. Though the mechanics of pressing buttons on your hotbar to preform abilities remains familiar like most other MMORPGs, what separates it from other MMORPGs is the controller hotbarconfiguration. Once a player reaches the maximum level, they’ve earned multiple abilities that need to be accessed in the middle of a battle quickly and effortlessly. The controller scheme enables the play to do just that.
Graphics comparisons show the PC version of the game has the sharper more detailed graphics and shorter load times. Amazing detailed cities and towns filled with NPCs chattering and running around really make them feel alive. The attention to detail in character armour and clothes, enemies and abilities makes it a very pretty game, needing a powerful computer to run at maximum settings. Game updates are very regular with patch 3.1 only a few weeks away even after only 3 months since the release of its first expansion, Heavensward. Frequent updates give players something to look forward to rather than running the same content that can become stale quickly. Updates often include new dungeons, items for crafting or even new classes. The music and sound of Eorzia are composed by NobouUematsu, the composer of many SquareSoft and SquareEnix games. Many themes have been remixed for XIV creating a feeling of nostalgia for those familiar with previous entries in the series.
Final Fantasy XIV can be summed as a ‘Theme Park’ MMORPG with many activities to do in the game that do not count towards traditional leveling up or character growth. For example the Gold Saucer minigames and Chocobo Racing. These features, again are similar to previous titles. If you’re a fan of MMORPGs and Final Fantasy, play this game. Otherwise save your money as it struggles to bring anything new to the genre other than its cross platform play.
Total Rank: 8/10