Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn

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Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 35 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

USgamer
Sep 4, 2013

Square Enix has pulled off the seemingly impossible: rescuing a disastrous flop of an online game without going free-to-play, and creating an incredibly addictive, satisfying experience for both MMO and Final Fantasy veterans in the process. A Realm Reborn is a triumph for Naoki Yoshida and his team.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
zoLo567

Top Critic

May 13, 2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a stunning game that changes my mind on MMORPGs

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PlayStation Universe
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2014

A Realm Reborn on PS4 is a visual and technical marvel of polished gameplay and a grand story true to the Final Fantasy tradition. Highly recommended and worth every penny.

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Gameplanet
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 2, 2014

A Realm Reborn is one of the biggest reversals in fortune we've seen for a game in many, many years. A must for MMO and Final Fantasy fans alike.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 23, 2013

Square Enix doesn't offer much innovation with Final Fantasy XIV: this is a realm reborn, not the MMORPG genre. But the game is expertly prepared, and even if the systems are all familiar, they take place in one of the most enchanting MMORPG settings ever. So eat up. Get your fill. This one's an enjoyable feast.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2014

Despite those issues, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is my favorite MMO since World of Warcraft. It has a lot of things going for it, tons of content to explore, and best of all -- lots and lots of support. I have no doubt that the popularity of A Realm Reborn will continue to rise with every major update and expansion, and I wish Square Enix nothing but the best. I didn't think it was possible, but they have absolutely atoned for the original mess that was Final Fantasy XIV -- and then some.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 5, 2013

I'm never thought I would be this enthusiastic about an MMO again, but I'm in love with A Realm Reborn. Its beautiful world always offers something fun and interesting to do. Sure, it's not "the next big thing" for the genre, but A Realm Reborn shines with a hundred smart ideas and small touches. Final Fantasy fans in particular will love adventuring in the gorgeous world of Eorzea.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2014

It's fairly impressive that Square-Enix has a game as complicated as FFXIV running on three different platforms using the same servers

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG
OkaRin

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 2, 2017

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn feels like a real - old school - Final Fantasy, which created a solid foundation for further development. You will find here a great atmosphere of a fantasy world with its major conflicts and local issues requiring the attention of adventurers. Vivid universe inhabited by diverse races living near cult classic creatures and a myriad of stories that will not leave anyone indifferent. A Realm Reborn has become one of the best projects in Final Fantasy franchise, and it is a must play for everyone who love this series.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 13, 2014

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn proves that Square Enix's series is special, even when it's presented as an MMO. Moreover, this excellent upgrade shows that the PS4 is capable of bringing PC quality online escapades into the living room. The narrative could still use an overhaul, and the PvP content isn't up to the standard of the rest of the game, but the added horsepower of Sony's new system and overall improvements since its PS3 launch mean that you shouldn't think twice about taking the trip to Eorzea this time around.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
Apr 25, 2014

A no-brainer upgrade for PS3 players and a great option for those looking to get into the excellent A Realm Reborn experience with no hassle.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2014

Simply put, there is no better looking MMO currently available on consoles

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2014

A Realm Reborn is an excellent game and one of the best MMOs on the market, regardless of what platform you're playing it on. PC gamers who already own the game probably don't have a huge incentive to pick this version up, but this is far and away the best version available if you don't have access to a high end PC. If you already own the PS3 version, there's no reason not to upgrade to this version. You'll be glad you did.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2014

Maybe it's the graphics, the outstanding soundtrack or just the charm that calls you back time after time. A Realm Reborn has been born anew and it remains one of the best MMOs on the market.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 28, 2014

A Realm Reborn was already a great game when it launched, though it admittedly ran out of steam after a few months. Thanks to a bunch of content upgrades and a new level of sheen afforded by the PS4 hardware however, the game is easily one of the best on the market right now.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 2, 2014

Those who already have friends playing have even less reason not to jump in. As far as MMORPGs go, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is at the top of its class.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

9 / 10
May 20, 2014

Utterly addictive and packed to the brim with what is currently months' worth of content - with years' more of it guaranteed in regular updates - Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn absolutely deserves taking that leap for both MMO and Final Fantasy fans alike. Just be prepared for something very different if not coming from an MMO background, and to say goodbye to whatever free time there once was.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Apr 15, 2014

There's not much else I can say that I haven't already said in my review of the PlayStation 3 game. This was always a great game, but the improved visuals and social features, as well as the additional content that Square Enix continues to add into the game, is enough for me to happily say that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has become my favourite MMO. It's well worth the subscription fee.

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GameTrailers
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2013
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Cheat Code Central
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Aug 29, 2013

But it's beyond clear that Final Fantasy XIV has, in fact, been reborn. This is everything players wanted the original game to be--it might avoid pushing the boundaries, but it provides hours upon hours of well-designed quest sequences, breathtaking graphics, and a gripping plot. At last, we have a modern MMO worthy of the Final Fantasy name.

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IGN
8.6 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2013

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has launched with a great class system and amazing promise

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2013

A Realm Reborn is such a substantial change from the original game that it merits a second look if you hated the first release. So much has changed for the better, and it has resulted in one of the most polished MMORPGs out there today.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 8, 2014

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn is truly a new and improved MMORPG. It takes all the best features from MMOs and Final Fantasy games and combines them in this fantastic package. The PS4 is its ideal platform - this is the Final Fantasy game that I've been waiting for.

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MMORPG.com
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2013

Square has proudly shaken off the ragged cloak of embarrassment that Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 draped over this storied franchise, and with A Realm Reborn has revealed the finest MMO to be released this year and has truly crafted a game worthy of the title Final Fantasy.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2013

Final Fantasy 14 redeems the series' greatest disaster

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 4, 2014

Final Fantasy XIV is reborn on the PlayStation 4, rife with new features and gorgeous visuals that will tempt PC and PlayStation 3 players all over again.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2014

Square Enix's Final Fantasy-themed MMO doesn't get everything right, even on PS4, but the things it does well outweigh those it doesn't, and the end result is a fun and engaging open world RPG with some great multiplayer options that don't really come into their own until end-game.

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We Got This Covered
Apr 22, 2014

Offering a polished, content-heavy MMO experience, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will please anybody who enjoys the genre, and maybe even charm those who typically don't.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 6, 2013

The completionist in me is nearly overwhelmed with the sheer amount of things to do in A Realm Reborn. Square Enix really do deserve praise for not only fixing the issues of the original game, but far exceeding their goal.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2016

While it isn't perfect, A Realm Reborn is an important first step towards Final Fantasy meaning "day-one purchase" once again.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 12, 2014

This mixture makes it one of my favourite MMOs of the last couple of years and one that certainly goes into my top three of all time.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 28, 2017

The reasoning for such high praise of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn should be obvious. At the end of the day, the simple fact is that Square Enix actually put in effort and care and managed to craft something that truly is Final Fantasy through and through. It would have been so easy to declare this game a lost cause or just do the minimal amount of work to make it viable, but, instead, the developers dedicated themselves to turning this MMO on its head - and they succeeded.

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PC Gamer
79 / 100
79 / 100
Nov 6, 2013

Structural innovations and strong presentation, held back by grind and an old-fashioned business model.

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jun 5, 2014

A Realm Reborn fits well into the scene of MMORPG's today while still retaining its identity as a Final Fantasy entry. Even so, while it does have a few genuinely novel features, it fails to add much to an already stagnant genre. If you like MMO's and are looking for that next fix, then I suggest A Realm Reborn over its competitors, but if you have the means, then I'd say you should pick up the PC version of the game.

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Game Revolution
Apr 17, 2014

As it stands now, A Realm Reborn vastly improves on its predecessor and delivers a wonderful fantasy world to spend countless hours in. It has its fair share of flaws, especially in regard to the quest structure, but I imagine fans of the genre will enjoy their time with the game regardless.

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