Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Reviews
Stormblood's rousing tale of rebellion and exceptional boss fights aren't just exquisite by MMO standards, but rival even the most beloved Final Fantasy games.
Samurais vs. Chocobos.
Stormblood doesn't do much to shake up the general design Final Fantasy XIV has followed since its relaunch, but never before have its familiar elements worked quite so well. You'll find some boring sidequests, yes, but it makes up for that flaw with an unforgettable story filled with moving cutscenes and acting, great new primal fights and dungeons, two wonderful new combat classes, and new lands that reward the explorer in us all.
Stormblood tells an intriguing tale of resistance and rebellion, with well-defined characters, exciting dungeons, and awe-inspiring new classes, but leans just a bit too heavy on the grind.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood tackles somber themes with unexpected polish, proving that an old dog can indeed learn new tricks.
Stormblood's epic narrative, gorgeous new locales, spectacular battles and some fresh gameplay mechanics make a great game even better.
Final Fantasy XIV just keeps getting better. Stormblood stands as an improvement over the great Heavensward, with a strong story grounded in people attempting to free themselves from oppression. There are some stumbles here, but when Stormblood is on, there's an excellent adventure, great characters, and some awesome enemy encounters. Stormblood is the ongoing foundation of something magical for MMO and Final Fantasy fans alike.
After playing the reborn Final Fantasy XIV for nearly three years, each expansion feels like a game of give and take. They’re very good, but tend to fall into the same routine as the base game. That’s not so much of an issue if that routine is a winning one.
For all you lapsed players, 4.4 continues the good will Square Enix has garnered since Heavensward. It's still one of the most polished games on the market right now by any metric, and even if you don't stick around forever you'll get something out of it.
Final Fantasy XIV is like a sculpture that has been handcrafted. Beginning as a rough stone lacking definition or vision, through unrelenting developer perseverance and support by fans that stone has been drawn into something beautiful and magical, an awe-inspiring work that sits proudly representing the Final Fantasy IP for all eyes to see.
The release of Stormblood only cements what some players have known for a very long time; Final Fantasy XIV is a phenomenal MMORPG. The structural changes to combat and PvP, as well as the two new classes, introduce plenty for both veterans and newcomers to sink their teeth into, while the emotionally charged central campaign is easily amongst the best the franchise has offered in years.
Stormblood is a great successor to Heavensward, proving that Final Fantasy XIV can always improve.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Stormblood is the perfect expansion for Final Fantasy XIV players who want something new and refreshing. With gorgeous visuals, new areas to explore and an immersive questline, it's something players won't want to miss.
Art of the Revolution, Eastern Memories and Western Memories, feel like great companions to one of Final Fantasy XIV's less appreciated expansions. The art is much more varied than any of the other art books and uses much more dynamic posing for characters. Seeing how they converted this bold artwork into in-game models is very interesting, although I still would have liked more commentary from the artists.
Final Fantasy 14's second major expansion, Stormblood, delivers yet another fantastic story that would please even the most discerning of Final Fantasy fans.
Thanks to Stormblood and all the innovations - Final Fantasy XIV is back on the honorary Olympus of the best MMORPGs on the market. Naoki Yoshida and his team did the impossible by making a great game even better, while fixing the annoying problems. Ultimate Final Fantasy of our time is here - and it's Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Review in Russian | Read full review
While Stormblood doesn't strike away from Heavensward or other modern MMOs in terms of quest design and content, almost everything it does is exceptional.
The second expansion of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn makes a full center and manages to make even more interesting a game that stoically resists the passage of time and business models. Stormblood in fact loads on his shoulders the thankless task not only of adding new areas and contents to the already alive Eorzea, but of passing a level that must equalize both the differences between the various jobs, and reduce the gap between those who can devote a lot of time to it and those who can not.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Stormblood is one of the best expansions we had seen in any MMORPG in recent years. It offers a great story; new and amazing regions to explore; a great ammount of addiitional contents that goes from missiones to FATES, dungeons or raids; and corrections to its gameplay mechanics that redefine its own experience. If you are a recurrent player of it, then there is no reason to not own it, as simple as that.
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