Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn takes place in the world of Eorzea. After events of cataclysmic proportions, the land has resettled into a tranquil state. However, a looming empire is on the rise and peaceful allied nations seek the support of adventurers, players, to defend the realm. The premise may seem generic and while the actual story pieces are few and far between, they’re great. It’s just unfortunate that the story is buried so deep in an otherwise monotony of uninteresting side quests.
At its core FFXIV is like any other MMO: accept quests, hunt monsters, collect loot, repeat. Yet it also goes beyond that especially for the PS3. The job system is as easy as switching weapons with no limits on how many a player can take. Quests are simple, the rewards are beneficial, and everything in general is simple and streamlined for new MMO players. It’s easy to get addicted to and from someone who had a strong distaste for MMOs before, that’s saying something. It feels like a larger, social Final Fantasy that’s a celebration of the series. This is the online Final Fantasy that FFXI should have been and what FFXII accomplished.
This is the best-looking MMO on the market with character models looking particularly stunning. The vast arrays of gear, quests, areas, and classes are fantastic. It makes the game customizable to however players want to experience it either solo, or with friends. Topping it off, this is some of the best Final Fantasy music in years. However, there were an occasional glitch, or two and that $15 monthly fee is a pain. Yet on that same note, FFXIV is worth the price of admission if only for a month at the least.
Final fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is not only a great MMO, but also a fanatic Final Fantasy game. It’s a shame the story is held back and that monthly fee is annoying, still, there’s not much else to fault here. It’s a great MMO for consoles for both new and old players and definitely a Final Fantasy experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on January 7, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.