Summary: The prospect of playing as a Ninja again in Final Fantasy excited me. After working my way up to level 50 in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn , the class ended up having so much style and substance that it changed the game for the better, and I'll be enjoying it for months to come. While the rest of the Dreams of Ice update wasn't as enjoyable as playing a Ninja at endgame, A Realm Reborn remains worth playing.
An Amazing Comeback | Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review
New Gamer Nation
27 September 2013
Conclusion: I put many hours into it trying to experience as much as I can. It’s tough to find a good stopping point in an MMO to write a timely review. There is so much more I have yet to experience that I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of what this game holds. It will take hundreds of hours to really dive deep into this game, and I have no doubt that it will take that many hours to experience it all.
Conclusion: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is something that is worthy of your gaming shelf. It certainly has some growing pains it's going through, but for the most part it's a very competent and fun MMORPG.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review - a wonderful cross-platform MMO worthy of monthly subscription
7 September 2013
Summary: There are so many addictive and enjoyable gameplay elements in Final Fantasy XIV that WoW-schooled veterans and MMO rookies alike will love. It's been a long time coming, but A Realm Reborn is finally here, and Square Enix makes the most compelling case for subscription-based gaming in almost a decade.
Pros: Vivacious, unparalleled soundtrack, PC-grade, WoW-competitive MMO on a console, Jobs, Materia, narrative, gameplay... Incredible
Cons: Visual and technical compromises, Bland voice acting taints otherwise-stellar audio
Excerpt: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the relaunch title of Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG released back in 2010 that received largely negative feedback. A Realm Reborn is Square Enix’s way of apologising for this huge misstep, bringing players a much better and refined edition of FFXIV , which should really be played on PC rather than PS3 to fully enjoy what it has to offer.
Summary: I still can't believe Square Enix salvaged the original Final Fantasy XIV . I mean, it had the guts to make the game a core entry, so I'm glad the studio reworked it into A Realm Reborn -- this whole saga is just really interesting to me. The newest update is Dreams of Ice , featuring a Primal/Summon many fans of the classic series know and love, Shiva.
Conclusion: Put two separate development cycles together - the original version of the MMORPG that tanked in every way imaginable and this - which is effectively a complete rebuild of the title. It's easy to tell there's been a lot of resources poured into the project: the visuals are of a standard that we're simply not used to seeing in the genre. Another thing that'll impress the long time fan is just how well Square-Enix have made use of the franchise's extensive history.
Pros: + great fan service + highly polished + good with groups and solo
Cons: - few patches needed to fix things - still standard MMO quest designs