Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, developed and published by Square Enix, is a fantasy MMORPG, part of the Final Fantasy series. The game world is Eorzea, a land whose future might depend on players actions. Final Fantasy 14 has popular features from previous Final Fantasy games. Players create unique Final Fantasy 14 avatars, battle monsters for weapons and other items and develop their characters based on a skill system. Gamers can team up and adventure into Final Fantasy 14 world with friends. Traveling to far away place is facilitated by ground and air mounts. Surviving in Eorzea is no easy task. There are dangers and ancient evil beings but, those who succeed will be greatly rewarded.
Final Fantasy 14 has a time line mainly divided into eras. Good eras are called astrals (light) and bad eras are called umbrals (dark). Current events are set at the beginning of the seventh umbral era. Eorzea land is caught between multiple threats. The most dangerous are the Garlean invasions and tribes practicing their primal magic. No matter how desperate things may be, prosperous city states still stand as a symbol of civilization, economic and political power. The most important Final Fantasy 14 cities are: Ul'Dah, Gridania and Limsa Lominsa. Mor Dhona is an area that once witnessed a great conflict and the corpse of a dragon can still be seen in the middle of the lake. Final Fantasy 14 world is the habitat of several races: Hyur, Miqo'te, Elezen, Roegadyn and Lalafell. Final Fantasy 14 is one of the RPG games with a very flexible class system. There are 18 different classes. One of the most exciting Final Fantasy 14 feature is class change. Players are no longer forced to stick with a class. By swapping weapons, players can adopt different play styles. For example, if you grow tired of playing a melee dps just change your sword with a staff and you become a caster.
Every game has its own unique, fictional beings. Chocobos and Moogles are among Final Fantasy 14 most popular creatures. Chocobos are land mounts that look like a blend between an ostrich and a giant hen. Moogles are cute, little, winged creatures that help heroes in their quest. Being the fourteenth game in the Final Fantasy online RPG series, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn accumulated a very rich lore. Players interested in the story can complete quest lines and find out more about Final Fantasy 14 world. There is also content for PvP players. Final Fantasy 14 can be played on PC and PS3.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the rebuilt version of Final Fantasy XIV, which launched back in 2010.
One of the things the Final Fantasy series has always been known for is pushing the graphical envelope, and A Realm reborn is no slouch. The scenery is beautiful, whether you’re looking at the Geysers at Fesca’s Wash, the crumbling statues in the Footfalls, the white towers of La Noscea, or the Floating City of Nym. The world is brimming with detail and bursting with color, and that makes exploration into a feast of eye candy.
Some of the in-engine cutscenes are a little dull, and inside environments can be a tad bland, but that can be forgiven when you start wandering around the wilderness.
While there is voice acting during a few of the cutscenes, for the most part you’ll be reading text, which seems like a bit of a shame for a game launching (or re-launching) in 2013. On the other hand, the soundtrack is breathtaking, bringing Eorzea to life in a fantastic manner.
The story here is fantastic. Without spoiling anything, the opening scene of a world at war with an ancient evil becomes more important as the storyline progresses. Sure, there are points where it meanders and loses itself, but even so, this is one of the few MMOs that can actually hook you based on story alone.
While the gameplay doesn’t necessarily do anything cutting edge in the PC version, with your standard hotkey combat, the way it transitions over to the PS3 is nothing short of fantastic. It actually feels good to engage your enemies with the DualShock controller, and battles become deceptively action-y. Movement is essential, as enemies throw down red hotspots you’ll need to avoid when they’re prepping their attacks. You’ll find yourself dancing around your opponents while trying to time out your blows. This is especially true of magic-using classes, which have induction timers on their spells, during which they aren’t allowed to move without cancelling the spell.
One of the greatest things about A Realm Reborn, though, is the multi-classing system. This lets you play multiple classes on a single character. Yes, you could hypothetically roll every class and crafting profession in the game into a single character.
Some of the skills and bonuses transfer between classes, so leveling a conjurer to 8 is a wise strategy, earning you the Cure heal spell and the Protect spell (though they are much more potent in the hands of magic-wielding classes.
Additionally, leveling the proper classes will unlock Jobs, which is the Final Fantasy version of Prestige classes. These Jobs are your more traditional Final Fantasy classes, like Bard, White Mage, Black Mage, Dragoon, etc. They’re also designed more for group play than solo play, so they’ll come in handy in the later portions of the game.
A Realm Reborn is packed with options for those who like to level up in nontraditional ways. Sure, there’s always the main storyline and side quests, but there’s so much more than that.
Or you can fill up your classes’ hunting logs, which grant you chunks of XP for killing specified targets around the world. And then there are levequests and guildhests, which are solo and group repeatable quests, respectively.
A Realm Reborn is highly accessible and approachable to players who might not be familiar with all the genre tropes, going as far as feeling like an “MMO Lite” in many ways. Easy-to-learn mechanics often mask more complex game systems, but there is depth to the game if you’re specifically looking for it.
Unique Fun Factor
What makes A Realm Reborn shine is just how much options it gives players. It really lets you pick and choose the things you want to do, when you want to do them. You’re very rarely pigeonholed into a playstyle. Multi-classing throws wide the doors, allowing you to never feel stuck in a particular class or playstyle.
The real draw, though, is that this is an MMO in a Final Fantasy world. The trappings are all here – chocobo mounts, moogles that deliver your mail, cactuars to fight, classic Final Fantasy classes, throwbacks to old Final Fantasy games including Magitek mounts, and so forth – but Square Enix could have easily build something very much out of character and buried it in Final Fantasy trappings. Thankfully, A Realm Reborn feels like a Final Fantasy game in spirit, and that’s what really counts.
It must be noted that the beginning portion of the game is a little rough around the edges, but the fun really kicks into full swing at about level 10. From there, the game blossoms into a robust experience that makes us proud to be Final Fantasy fans once again.
Pros and Cons
-The multi-classing system gives players a vast array of playstyle options
-The scenery is gorgeous
-It actually feels like a Final Fantasy game
-There’s just so much to do
-A great storyline
-The first couple hours are kind of a slog
-Voice acting is reserved for key cutscenes, forcing players to do a whole lot of reading
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