Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn
Summary: Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn is a genuine effort by Square Enix to try and improve their failed MMORPG. Thankfully this effort succeeds as the improved version of the game has critics calling it one of the best of its kind
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a great introduction to the world of Final Fantasy for both new and old fans of the series, as well as people looking for a new or different MMO to play. While still having a lot of the standard tropes that an MMO does have, along with a lot of ones from the Final Fantasy series, the combination of both are a breath of fresh air for those people who have been stuck inhaling the stench of World of Warcraft for over a decade.
If you are a super fan of Japanese or Asian culture, it is worth a try for this unique MMORPG.
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.
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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While it isn't perfect, A Realm Reborn is an important first step towards Final Fantasy meaning "day-one purchase" once again.
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.
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.
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.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a stunning game that changes my mind on MMORPGs
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.